Dark Academia: Part I

By Book Moon

By Book Moon

The Orchard

David Hopen

$27.99 $25.75

David Hopen is a student at Yale Law School. Raised in Hollywood, Florida, he earned his master's from the University of Oxford and graduated from Yale College. The Orchard is his debut novel.

The Swallows

Lisa Lutz

$27.00 $24.84

Alexandra Witt, a new teacher at Stonebridge Academy, has no intention of making waves. She's there to do her job, which is something I can appreciate. Naturally, things don't stay that simple for long.

Magic for Liars

Sarah Gailey

$17.99 $16.55

Fantasy meets detective noir but make her all grown up? Say no more, friends. Where shall I direct my funds?

Trust Exercise

Susan Choi

$15.99 $14.71

Let's set the scene: It's the early 1980s, at a highly competitive performing arts high school in an American suburb. This has all the makings of a rip-roaring good time. In this one, the teacher's the one who's up to no good. Mr. Kingsley is his name and he's positively chilling.

The Basic Eight

Daniel Handler


Remember Daniel Handler? Not ringing any bells? Perhaps you know him by his other name, Lemony Snicket, the author of those books LITERALLY everyone read as a child. Well, DH's books, unlike his alter ego's, tend to be for a slightly more grown-up readership. But they're just as dark, just as painfully funny, as in, I'm laughing because I'm uncomfortable, not necessarily because I find this amusing. Currently backordered, but I'm sure you can find it somewhere.


Shirley Jackson

$16.00 $14.72

Hangsaman is Shirley Jackson's second novel. It's based on her own experiences and the real-life 1946 disappearance of a Bennington College sophomore. This year was the first time I'd ever read anything from the late-great SJ. I know, *gasp* But then I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House and now I'm a brand new woman.

For Your Own Good

Samantha Downing

$27.00 $24.84

"Set at a prestigious private school—complete with interfering parents, overeager students, and one teacher who just wants to teach them all a lesson..." —publisher promo. Available for pre-order on July 20, 2021.

Plain Bad Heroines

Emily M. Danforth and Sara Lautman

$27.99 $25.75

I kid you not, there's no place more cursed than a private *New England* all-girls boarding school. Give me prestige. Give me exclusivity. Give me romance. Give me secrets and lies and rumors. Give me whispers behind open fists and closed doors. Give me treachery. Give me two dead little girls. Because there's nothing I love more than a good mystery.

We Wish You Luck

Caroline Zancan

$26.00 $23.92

A Belletrist Book Club Selection. Named a Best Book of 2020 by goop, ELLE and Vanity Fair. Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by The Millions, Lit Hub, Marie Claire. You know, if you care at all about those sorts of things. Currently out of stock, maybe-perhaps because it's just that good?

Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi

$27.95 $25.71

This has been one of Book Moon's more popular new releases. And if you're looking to diversify your reading list during this sure-to-be-chaotic summer of 2021, this is a solid option. "Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut." — publisher promo

The Truants

Kate Weinberg

$17.00 $15.64

"A thrilling debut novel perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and The Secret History, exploring deceit, first love, and the depths to which obsession can drive us. People disappear when they most want to be seen." — publisher promo

Ninth House

Leigh Bardugo

$27.99 $25.75

I just attended a reading (hosted by Book Moon) with Leigh Bardugo (+ Rivers Solomon) and she was absolutely delightful. And I, like half of America, just recently binged Netflix's Shadow and Bone. Fantasy used to be my bread-and-butter growing up and while I still occasionally dabble in the world of magic and mayhem, the books I read, then and now, were a lot less YA. Ninth House is Bardugo's adult debut and I'm here for it. Clicked "pay now" as soon as the event concluded.

If We Were Villains

M. L. Rio

$17.99 $16.55

M. L. Rio has worked in bookstores and theatres for years, and holds a master's in Shakespeare studies from King's College London. If We Were Villains is her debut novel.

Truly Devious: A Mystery

Maureen Johnson

$11.99 $11.03

“When you have enough power and money, you can dictate the meanings of words.” ― Maureen Johnson, Truly Devious

Catherine House

Elisabeth Thomas

$27.99 $25.75

“This dark, speculative thriller . . . [is] an electrifying update on gothic horror, evoking haunting institutional imagery and weaving in 'psychosexual' experimentation and power imbalances.” ― Buzzfeed. You had me at "psychosexual."