WHAT ARE WE READING? Books of the Week

The back-to-school season beckons us to embrace the allure of learning, the pursuit of knowledge, and the mysteries that lie within the hallowed halls of academia. E. Shaver, Booksellers, invites you to immerse yourself in the captivating world of dark academia with three mesmerizing titles. 

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Step into the cloistered world of an elite performing arts college with If We Were Villains. In this Shakespeare-infused novel, M.L. Rio weaves a gripping tale of friendship, rivalry, and tragedy. Oliver Marks, once part of a tight-knit group of seven drama students, now emerges from a decade-long prison sentence, convicted of a crime that haunts them all. As he recounts the events leading to that fateful night, secrets unravel, and the line between performance and reality blurs.

Bunny by Mona Awad

Prepare to enter a world of surreal and macabre academia in this wickedly original novel. Samantha Heather Mackey is an outsider at Warren University, an Ivy League school with a clique of rich and enigmatic girls collectively known as "The Bunnies." Invited into this strange and secretive circle, Samantha finds herself drawn into a bizarre, dreamlike reality that blurs the boundaries of friendship and fear. As the Bunnies' peculiar activities take increasingly sinister turns, Samantha must confront the darkness lurking beneath their charming veneers. 

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

El Higgins, a powerful sorceress, possesses magic so dark that she is feared by her fellow students at the Scholomance—a place where the graduation rate is dismal, and the dangers are deadly. With malevolent creatures lurking in every corner, alliances are critical for survival. When El finds herself inexplicably bound to the enigmatic Orion Lake, the most charismatic and skilled student, she must navigate a treacherous path to protect her life and sanity.