I would never have chosen to read that book as it was way out of my comfort zone yet I ended up enthralled!

Synopsis

Sumptuous and addictive, An Education in Malice is a dark academia tale of blood, secrets and insatiable hungers from Sunday Times bestselling author S.T. Gibson, author of the cult hit A Dowry of Blood.

Deep in the forgotten hills of Massachusetts stands Saint Perpetua’s College. Isolated and ancient, it is not a place for timid girls. Here, secrets are currency, ambition is lifeblood, and strange ceremonies welcome students into the fold.

On her first day of class, Laura Sheridan is thrust into an intense academic rivalry with the beautiful and enigmatic Carmilla. Together, they are drawn into the confidence of their demanding poetry professor, De Lafontaine, who holds her own dark obsession with Carmilla.

But as their rivalry blossoms into something far more delicious, Laura must confront her own strange hungers. Tangled in a sinister game of politics, bloodthirsty professors and dark magic, Laura and Carmilla must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice in their ruthless pursuit of knowledge.

Review

4 stars

First I want to thank Little Brown Book Group UK and Orbit UK for sending that advanced reading copy my way!

I would never have chosen to read that book as it was way out of my comfort zone yet I ended up enthralled!

I am not into sapphic books usually (it seems that I need some male body parts to enjoy my sex scenes 😉 ) and I wanted to stop reading that book pretty early on when I realized that’s where the story was headed to.

BUT

I kept reading and reading and reading, completely enthralled and before I knew it, I had devoured the whole book in nearly one sitting!

It seems that as Broken Bonds was my exception to the rule for reverse harem, An Education in Malice is mine for sapphic books!

Most has to do with ST Gibson’s incredible writing! That author can write! Her penmanship is lush, gorgeous, smooth and rich! Not flowery as I hate flowery. No, every word is carefully chosen to compose a perfect tapestry.

From Laura’s arrival at St Perpetua’s I was totally immersed in that story, seeing everything in vivid details.

But what is An Education in Malice about?

It’s about Laura, who wants to develop her writing skills and attends St Perpetua’s College for the first time.

She will follow Miss De Lafontaine’s poetry classes where students are pushed to the limit. Early on, Laura will have an intense rivalry with Carmilla, De Lafontaine’s student pet.

From the first moments on, the atmosphere will feel feverish, intense and overwhelming.

Slowly the story will become darker and darker. From academic rivalry we will go to toxic teacher/student relationship, bloodlust and all kind of sinful hunger! It will envelop you in a sinister cocoon, never letting you breathe before the end!

This was a very uncomfortable read for me and yet it was absolutely fascinating.

There are also many triggers in that book and the author lists them all from the beginning.

One of them is a very abusive and manipulative professor/student relationship. I was often uneasy and slightly disgusted, outraged too when reading about Miss De Lafontaine’s teaching “methods”, certainly where Carmilla was concerned. Laura saw right into her game when she asked Laura if Miss D was “so wonderful” as she “brought her to tears not ten minutes ago.”

But Carmilla is blind as far as Miss D is concerned until a dramatic turn of events that will turn her whole life and future on their axis.

If you love character growth, you’ll also be in for a treat as Laura will change so much. Gone will be the girl destined to preach in her town. She has discovered the pleasure of the flesh and her seemingly meek behavior will soon be absolutely forgotten in a power play.

Be aware that there are graphic scenes, gore, hint at some BDSM , public sex and much more in that book.

If I had to choose one word to describe An Education in Malice, that would be INTOXICATING.

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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16 Comments

  1. This author does indeed have a special way of writing about uncomfortable or divisive topics in such a way that the readers cannot help being enthralled no matter what. After A Dowry of Bloody I’m not going to let this one pass me by… 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!