A Deadly Education (The Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education is the first book in The Scholomance series. This young adult fantasy takes place in Scholomance, a school created for the magically gifted. The reader follows the story of El, a student at this school who knows that failure means death. However, throughout the story, El uncovers the strange school’s many secrets with no teachers, no holidays, and no true friendships. El may not have many friends or strategic relationships, but she is no stranger to the fight for survival. At this school, you have two options, graduate or die. 

By Teen Reviewer, Grace