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Dark academia; haunted castles, an obsession with elite education, and broody wardrobe choices. This trend has become somewhat of a staple on social media. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been on the lookout for dark academia inspired books! I’ve gathered a handful of dark academia romance books I’d love to share with you.
All of these books are set in an elite academic institution. Whether that be an old castle, a hidden academy, or a prestigious school for the ultra-wealthy, you’ll become fully immersed in the dark academia aesthetic.
These dark academia novels feature dark romance, cruel antagonists, mysterious heroines, and twisted love stories. You’ll love to hate the couples in these stories! Each of the characters in these romance books is unforgettable – in the worst way – and I bet some of these books will become a staple read on your bookshelf.
Dark Academia Romance Books
Please note that some of these books contain dark themes & content. Be sure to read the author’s disclaimers in the beginning, to see if it’s something you’ll like to pass on reading.
Enjoy these academia dark romance novels!
After the death of her mother, Corvina Clemm receives an invitation to attend the peculiar University of Verenmore. Anxious to move on with her life, Corvina accepts. There, she meets Vad Deverell, a part-time professor whose aware of the dangers that lurk around the campus. In an unlikely pairing, Corvina and Vad begrudgingly become a part of each other's lives and become infatuated.More info →
Cassius Corbin is familiar with death. A young necromancer, Cassius is determined to avenge his mother's death, and attending Tennebrose University will be the perfect chance. Graeme Hewitt is set to become a leader in his coven and is irritated to hear about the return of Cassius.More info →
At Blackfriars University, George breaks the most important rule of all. Her fatal mistake leads to her catching the eye of a cruel aristocrat and a barbaric priest. Now, George must navigate attending the strange university, and being the obsession of two dangerous men.More info →