Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Give the Dark My Love

Beth Revis

Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy.

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A young alchemist turns to dark magic when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland in this epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis.

Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen.

Until she meets Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the north, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

Advance Galley Reviews

Penguin First to Read ARC. Rating: 3 of 5 stars. What would you do if everyone you love is in danger? A danger that the powerful are ignoring because it only affects the poor ... these dirty, unclean barbarians whose country you conquered. Interesting world building, magic across worlds, and some thought provoking ideas.

Great word building and a beautiful character in Nedra kept me turning pages. Can’t wait to read all of this series.

Give the Dark My Love is a compelling and intriguing opener to a brand new series that will surely draw readers in. Beth Revis is back at does what she doe best, writing atmospheric fantasies. The prologue perfectly sets readers up for the forthcoming horrors this book has in store. Things build up from there, escalating and only getting darker as the story progresses.  Now, let's go the bit I love the most in this book - the main character. Nedra, oh my baby Nedra, I just wanted to hug her when I finished reading, but I have a feeling she won't let me. She is an interesting character, morally grey and complicated. Her transformation was certainly the best part of this story. She starts out empathetic - a poor girl from a rural town who wants to find a cure for this mysterious disease that's plaguing and killing her people - but, betrayed and used, she emerges as this fierce commander of an army of her own making. I'm certainly excited to read more of her in the next installments.  There are still a couple of things that could be improved in the next books. Pacing for one. There were points in the novel where I just can't help but turn the pages one after the other, the pacing just flowing so well; then there are also points where things just seemed to crawl, Revis dwelling on certain scenes too much than she needs to.  Another thing that comes to mind is Grey's perspective. While the story is mostly told from Nedra's point-of-view, there are a handful of chapters written through Grey's eyes. These parts are supposed to provide readers insight on the politics of Lunar Island, which is fine and dandy if only the information he provided was utilized. There is certainly some chemistry between Nedra and Grey, but I'm only partway sold. I thought things progressed fast, mostly on Grey's part. I'm willing to let it slide though, and wait and see how things go for these two in the next books. Overall, Give the Dark My Love is an exceptional dark fantasy. Readers will find themselves rooting and empathizing with Nedra even as she acts on desperation and goes dark in the end of this installment. I really enjoyed this one and will certainly be waiting (impatiently!) for the next book to come out. (This review is also posted on my blog:

I loved the character evolution that happens for Nedra. She becomes much more complex as the story unfolds. Turning to the thing everyone fears kept my interest. Grey was definitely lacking and he could've had more depth but I also think it would've complicated the story. Overall, I gave this book 5 stars. More of the dark side please!

3.5 I really enjoyed reading this book. Nedra was a great character, she was very determined even if it meant crossing a line. The other characters were very back ground, some just seemed to be there to add more not really sure why some back ground was necessary. I did not really care for the foreshadowing beginning. I felt like it gave away too much of what Nedra was going to do. The book is told from Nedra and Grays point of view. Gray is a little lack luster and doesn't seem to get spirit until the end. If there is a next book, I am curious about how the Kingdom will continue.

This book is fantastic. I am such a huge fan of darker magic, of anti-heroines, and all the fantasy. This kept me reading until I was staying late into the night. I can't wait to read the rest of this. It is fabulous and I need to keep track of the series because I need to know more!

I enjoyed this book. It had excellent world building, enjoyable characters, and a plot that kept me engaged. Nedra was an excellent character, and her determination, and her growth toward her actions was an interesting trip. Gray should be the type of YA book boy that I love, but I found him flat, and sort of uninteresting, I'm hoping he develops in the future. The upcoming series is definitely on my TBR.

I’m kind of upset that I didn’t get to read this book. I tried to get it to download on any of my devices to no avail, and now the download is expired. I definitely will pick this book up as soon as it comes out, though.

3.5/5 I really enjoyed the character of Nedra and watching her slow turn towards the dark side. She was fiercely determined and not the type of heroine to lose herself to the obvious inta-love that was trying to make its way onto the page. Sadly, Nedra alone couldn't make me love it. ray was kind of useless. He wasn't a bad character, per se. He was just sort of 'there'. In a way, I liked that Gray's role was nonintrusive because it gave Nedra space to develop without being hampered down by a love interest. And I am glad that this book put romance on the back burner. Still, if a character has a role such as Gray's, he should still be seen as important to the moving of the story. And Gray, for the majority of the book, was not! Even his POV  felt like it lacked a true connection and relevance to the advancement of the plot! I also don't really enjoy routines in books. When a character follows certain routines in a novel I tend to get bored. I understand that the character has job to do in finding the cure and going to the hospital and all, I just don't want to see it quite so often. Overall, I enjoyed it. I thought it was an interesting read with an interesting main character. I did generally enjoy the writing and did enjoy the ending as well. I'm really looking forward to book two next year!

3.5/5 Stars Weirdly enough this was my first time reading any of Beth Revis’s work – not sure why I never picked up Across the Universe. I didn’t really know what to expect from this novel. I knew the synopsis sounded like something I would ultimately like, so I took a chance and I ended up enjoying this book. It was definitely darker than I anticipated it being. It took me a little while to get into it, but a little over half way through I found that I couldn’t put it down. I just kept turning the page, desperate to find out what happened next. What I thought was going to happen didn’t play out, but the twist at the end had my mouth gaping. If you’re looking for your typical YA fantasy, this isn’t it. This is darker, grittier, and gorier than any typical YA fantasy I’ve read. Nedra suffers a lot and quickly spirals down into anti-heroine territory. I think Beth Revis did a fantastic job at bringing the world to life – I had no issues picturing what everything looked like. I liked her writing style, and how she brought the characters to life, so I’m hoping they are further explained and evolved in the later books. I’m super interested in seeing if Nedra ends up corrupted by the power she creates or is able to retain who she is. She goes through so much in this first book, suffering so much grief, it’s kind of amazing she’s still standing. I think that’s my biggest draw for the second book – is Nedra going to make it to the other side in one piece or is playing with darkness going to cost her more than it already has. While there were some things I had issues with – personal preference issues – I did like how this book handled grief and explored the topic. It felt genuine in the sense that not everyone can rise above it and be the ‘hero’ everyone might expect the main character to be. It was definitely a darker book that takes a look at how emotions can be internalized and how that can affect a person. Overall, I did like this book, and I’m so thankful I got the chance to read it early. If you like dark, anti-heroine thrillers, with a touch of necromancy, then you want to check this book out.

Super interesting and engrossing! I loved the world building and how dark this novel was- looking forward to the coming series!

I unfortunately did not finish this book.  I really, really wanted to and even read over 100 pages but I just couldn't do it.  I found it slow and boring with way too much going on.  I liked the overall story of the main character, Nedra, going to an alchemist school to learn how to cure the plague referred to as the Wasting Death.  But there was teen drama and animal cruelty that I found unnecessary.  I think others will like this book because it is well written and has a great premise but it just wasn't for me.

I've been a fan of Beth Revis for a while, though the last book I picked up for hers was kind of a bust for me. I was excited to pick this one up from First to Read, though. I've never read any kind of book about alchemy (that I know of), so I was looking forward to delving into a new topic for me. I loved Nedra pretty much immediately. She loves her family and even wishes to sacrifice her education for them, but they won't have it. Nedra is whisked off to the big city for her training. Her goal is the help find the cure for the sickness that is plaguing her land and her people. School isn't easy for her. She's a good student and as the head professor takes her under his wing for special training, the others start to talk. Only Grey is on her side. As Nedra gets deeper into her studies she also falls deeper into the temptation to use the darkest part of alchemy. I love the strength of Nedra throughout the entire book. She shows little weakness when it comes to Grey or her family, and keeps her focus on finding the cure for the sickness. This book is definitely twisty. You don't always know who to trust or who is on the right side...or which side is the right one! Grey is kind of swoony, but is absolutely the weaker of the two characters, though he doesn't really seem to mind standing in Nedra's shadow. He wants to help her, to love her, but it's hard for him sometimes. Nedra is very complex and Grey isn't always sure how to help her. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of this series and what else Beth has in store for us.

Unfortunately, I have to DNF the book at the moment. I do want to read this and will purchase a copy when it comes out, but I have encountered an issue with my computer which doesn't allow me to read the book any longer. I've tried to download the required system and the book on other devices but can't as only one copy of the book is allowed to be readable per reviewer. It's a great system for keeping people from sending out millions of copies of the book but it's horrible when you're having legit issues lol. I'll return to the book at another time and I was quite enjoying it. I felt that the book was really well paced and intriguing in the short time I got to spend with it.

I didn’t get to read it because the download expired. Maybe I’ll check back in the future. I was looking forward to reading it.

4 STARS You would think given the title, I would have been prepared for a heavy read. However, my continuous thought throughout this book was: "This book is so morbid.." Despite the bleakness, I thought it was a fantastic read. The first chapter had me riveted and hooked on the storyline. After that, the flow of the book slows and like Nedra, I was slowly immersed into this intense world. The balance between action and character development is well balanced. Most fantasies shy away from first person POVS, but I enjoyed having Grey and Nedra as the narrators. Often times, the gruesome plot is difficult, but the characters themselves had me invested in the story. The ending is explosive and left me staring at my iPad for ten minutes. I cannot wait for for the follow-up to this duet. If you like darker YA/fantasy, this is one I'd definitely recommend. Thank you to Penguin's First to Read for my advanced review copy.

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis is the first book in the new young adult fantasy series by the same title. The content of this series is on the darker side with dealing with things like a plague and necromancy but I’d also warn of animal harm (rats) for those that would be bothered. Nedra Brysstain is from the poorer area of Lunar Island in the northern territory but all of her life she’s wanted nothing other than to study medical alchemy. When signs of a new disease starts hitting the north Nedra becomes even more determined to help and when an anonymous benefactor supplies a scholarship to the prestigious Yugen Academy Nedra promises her family she will return. When Nedra arrives she doesn’t quite fit in at the academy but Greggori “Grey” Astor does become her only friend. Grey had been the top of the class before Nedra came along and before long the two are working closely together under their master studying to find a cure for the plague that has also begun to overcome the city. Give the Dark My Love was one of those books that once I sat down and begun to read I just didn’t want to put it down. As I mentioned there is a bit of animal harm in the way alchemy is portrayed in this story and I wasn’t a huge fan of it although I understood the concept the author came up with but that really is the only reason I’m rating at 4.5 stars instead of 5. The rest of the story was rather intense and then the end… oh my, pretzel twisting time so yes, this is one I’d recommend checking out and will look forward to seeing what happens next. I received an advance copy from the publisher via Penguin’s First to Read.

this is actually my first book by this author and i requested it purely because of that gorgeous cover. it took me a hot minute to get into, but once it gets going it's very interesting. a bit slow paced. it was interesting once it picks up though, i didn't see any twists coming. there is a small love story in this one, kind of typical YA love story.. but not great. i love romance so i was stoked there was at least something, but grey was actually kind of annoying some times. was that on purpose? i really don't think we needed his POV to be honest. which i never thought i'd say. but looking at other reviews, i don't seem to be alone in that, so perhaps he will become more important in the next book, but as of right now, he's kind of useless. all in all, i liked it well enough, it seems like a good start to a series, very first book-ish, my memory is absolutely the worst memory that ever memory'd though, so i don't know if i will continue if/when the next comes out. i want to, if i had it right now i'd dive straight in to it. but, memory.

Beth has been one of my favorite authors since her debut, "Across the Universe", in 2011. I was so honored to be selected for an early copy of "Give the Dark My Love"! I read summaries and descriptions of "Give the Dark My Love" but I don't think any of that could've prepared me for this book. It was gory. I mean, it's about a deadly plague so what else could be expected? It was heartbreaking. It was dark. But I loved it. The world building was slow and intricate, which is something I know Beth is great at from her previous books. I found the alternating viewpoints worked well, especially when Nedra's viewpoint became too dark; the book would almost certainly have been a little too much for me otherwise. The end, especially, had me desperate for more! Highly recommend picking this up! And I cannot wait to get my finished copy when it comes out!

The book started off slow but picked up as it went on. I didn't think I would make it through the book at first but I stuck with it and the further I got into the book the more I liked it and became interested in the plot. It was a bit darker than I expected, but it worked well with the plot of the book. I really wished the author had chosen just one character to focus the story on instead of two as I felt that the point of view from Greggori was not entirely necessary to the story line. Over all I would probably wouldn't recommend this series to someone who loves fantasy, but if you love a dark fantasy then it would be a good read.

Thank you to First to Read for an ARC of Give My Love to the Dark by Beth Revis. I was draw to this book based on the brief synopsis give and the beautiful cover. When we first met the characters it is easy to see that Nedra sees herself as an outsider searching for truths and a cure. Her focus is the cause of some of the situations that occur through the novel. I enjoyed this story, but did not love its development. I was left waiting for more through the novel.

Alchemy and necromancy - that's what initially drew me to this book.  And the beautiful cover.  A protagonist with all the best intentions finds herself walking the fine line separating light from darkness - it's an intriguing hook. Nedra's transformation from a dedicated student determined to find a cure for the plague to a desperate alchemist who turns to necromancy is fascinating, and done to perfection.  So many times I wanted to yell at her to consider the consequences of her actions - but if she did, I guess there wouldn't have been much of a story.  It's difficult to like her character by the end of the book, but an excellent portrayal at what grief can do to a person.  Grey is a sweet love interest - and it's a case of insta-love, but his character doesn't add much to the story.  He attempts to be a moral compass for Nedra, but she's an obstinate girl.  There are a couple of twists toward the end - one I'd figured out, and the other a bit of a surprise.  The beginning is more of a slow burn, explaining world-building and magic, but the pace picks up toward the middle.  I'll be interested to see where this series goes in the second book. Thanks to Penguin First to Read and the publisher for the ARC.

I enjoyed reading Give the Dark My Love, but after finishing it, I'm not entirely sure how to feel about it. Most of the book kind of feels like a giant prologue to the series. Once the action finally gets going, it's potentially interesting, but it's brief and feels rushed. Without giving details, there is also a section in the book dealing with grief that was gripping to me, and I felt like it was the highlight of the book. Overall, this was an interesting read, and I am kind of curious to see where the series goes; it just felt like most of the action happened in the last ten percent or so of the book.

I am the biggest fan of the Across the Universe trilogy. I loved everything about those books. I loved her short story collection, The Future Collection. And I haven't read much else by her. I wanted to love Give the Dark My Love like I loved Across the Universe. But it was not meant to be. I really liked the book, don't get me wrong. But I still miss Across the Universe! And this book was soooo dark!! I was very surprised. Alchemy, necromancers, Wasting Death disease, limbs amputated left and right, holy cow, there was no happiness in this book. Not what I was expecting at all! And our heroine...whew, is she truly still our heroine by the end? Will have to wait and see!

I enjoyed this book, although it's not my favorite for the year or anything. Nedra is a girl that has lived her whole life in a poor village, without many prospects for a better life... until she gets a scholarship to study at a prestigious school to become a medical alchemist. While there, she meets Grey, who she clicks with. There is a plague going through the land, and she is determined to help. As she delves into trying to find a cure, she discovers that there is necromancy involved: necromancy is illegal. There are a few twists and turns at the end that were quite surprising. The magic system of alchemy was well thought out, and I liked the characters. I would have liked to have seen more of Nedra and Grey together though. I would be interested in finding out what happens in the second book of the series.

Give the Dark My Love is a riveting tale of love, passion, betrayal, and the darkest of arts - necromancy. This is a book you will have to force yourself to put down (if you put it down at all). The plot and characters are well-constructed, and the story will suck you in. It starts with a ship heading toward an island to face a Necromancer and the dead she has raised. The story then jumps to a poor country girl, Nedra, who gets a scholarship to study alchemy at the capital. She immediately makes some friends and enemies, eventually gaining a crush on one of her classmates whom she calls "Grey" that carries the story forward. The style of the book switches back and forth between the perspectives of Grey and Nedra. Unlike many books that switch perspectives, it it not necessarily with every chapter that it returns to the other character. The adventures of Nedra are driven by her will to cure a withering plague that has infected many of the poor throughout the colony. Her instructor, seeing her drive, decides to give her private lessons in alchemy, teaching her things no other students are exposed to. Nedra herself, preferring to spend most of her time helping at the quarantine hospital, sees no purpose in the world aside from curing the plague. When the plague is at its worst, and political strife is high, the school closes down, and all the students go home. What happens when Nedra returns to her home changes her outlook forever. Upon returning to her school, she is unable to shake those events and goes her own way. The story ends with Nedra sitting on a difficult decision. You will be waiting for the next book the moment you have finished this one.

I thought this was a great book. The premise wasn’t too original but it was very well done, and I loved being on that journey with Nedra. The author did an excellent job of making you feel for the characters. In the beginning I felt so connected to Nedra, then she started slipping away, as was Revis’s intention. I thought that transitions were a bit awkward at times but overall, the plot twists had me on the edge of my seat. 4/5 stars.

An interesting story of love and loss and how it affects these characters in a place that is being ravaged by a plague. This was my first book by this author. When I started, the story was very slow to build for me. I was almost uninterested in Nedra and Grey. It took me more than a quarter of the book to finally be swayed by their story and what was happening in the world.By the halfway point, I was hooked and needed to find out not only what would happen with these two, but what was going on in their world in general. So many twists that I didn't see coming towards the end, and an ending that leaves you wondering what happens next. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. Thank you to the Penguin Random House First To Read Program for giving me the opportunity to read this as an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

Review - Give The Dark My Love I received a copy from Penguin's First to Read. Initially I had mixed feelings about this book, mainly as the beginning was rather boring and seemed to have some fantasy tropes that are starting to seem rather overdone. However the latter half of the book took a darker turn and the end was pretty damn good and unexpected. It starts off with the story's heroine Nedra is leaving her twin sister and her parents to head off to a posh academy she has earned a scholarship to to study alchemy. She comes from a poor village, and despite her reservations about leaving her family they all tell her it's the right thing to do and of course she's destined for greatness. We learn there is a terrible plague sickness sweeping through the lands and there appears to be no cure, once the symptoms are spotted the sufferer is doomed. There are quarantine hospitals for the sick, the disease spreading mostly through the poor people. Nedra didn't seem to have much of a personality at all really. She was nice enough, ready and willing to learn, and of course all the fancy rich students who attend the school look down their noses at her. Right away she manages to make a friend with a very rich handsome boy, Greggori And gains the attention of one of the most difficult professors to please. It's just a tad bit eye rolling. And of course before long it's abundantly clear Nedra is far more talented than anyone initially thought she would. Much to the chagrin of some of the students. The plot is interesting enough as Nedra learns more about the plague and how alchemy can help the victims. The way the alchemy works a little stomach churning. But it seems to be the only thing doing some good. There's a subplot going on along the lines of some of the wealthy rich men (including Greggori's father and his best friend and their family) don't like the fact that the island they live on is under rule by one Emperor who governs countless lands and empires. They want the island to be free so they can make their own laws. Doesn't help that the emperor is only a teenager. Nor do they like the new governor he has appointed to rule their island is a woman. (This comes into play much more later on the novel). Nedra finds herself caught up in a search to find the cause of the plague which is becoming worse by the moment, and not just affecting poor people throwing everyone's theories on the origin out the window. This is becoming the sole focus of the plot. Along with Nedra's relationship with Greggori is of course growing into something more than friendship. Greggori is slowly starting to realise there's more to Nedra. And his own views on the side plot are changing. The Governor makes a few appearances in the novel helping the sick at the hospital Nedra is working in and appears to be nowhere near as bad as the press and everyone else is making her out to be. Biggest problem for me was Nedra is just so dull as a main character. Both she and Greggori are so wooden and uninteresting. I had no interest in their barely there slow burn romance (which is usually one of my favourite romance tropes) Nedra becomes almost dangerously obsessed with stopping the plague. She finds herself using darker and more forbidden forms of alchemy - necromancy. This was where the plot really started picking up and I just didn't want to put the book down. I needed to know. Nedra becomes much more interesting and so meticulous and careful about her planning. Faced with a personal tragedy that seems to define a turning point for her. I can't say I particularly liked her any more as a character but I could certainly empathise with her and completely understood her determination to find a cure, no matter where it took her. Though there is a fine line between using alchemy to help a greater cause but then finding something darker that works to a personal gain. There's definitely an interesting grey area that all logic seems to vanish over once things become more dangerous and intense. There were some pretty epic twists towards the end that I did not see coming at all. And left at one hell of a cliffhanger. At one point I wasn't even sure I was going to bother finishing this book, but now I have to know what happens next! A bit of a slow start but definitely worth sticking with.

Beth Revis' ACROSS THE UNIVERSE trilogy was one of my favorites. I loved how unique and engaging it was. So, of course, I was eager to read GIVE THE DARK MY LOVE. While I didn't love this one quite as much, I still found it to be a great read. Fast paced, dark, and mysterious this was a great start to a new series. The story follows Nedra as she leaves her small town and family behind to attend school for alchemy. Meanwhile, there is a deadly plague ravaging the country and Nedra quickly becomes caught up in how she can find a cure for this disease, protect her family, and succeed as an alchemist. The book was told in semi-alternating chapters between Nedra and fellow-student Greggori Astor. To me, this was Nedra's story though and I didn't get too much out of Greggori's character or felt he contributed much. It was sweet to see her be vulnerable with him, but beyond that I didn't love this part of the story. Nedra is incredibly strong-willed and independent and knows what she wants to accomplish. I enjoyed reading about her experiences at school, but even more so when she became more involved in directly combating the plague. What a horrible disease! Beth Revis did not hesitate to describe gruesome surgeries, slow deaths, and painful amputations. The practice of alchemy was interesting to me, but I would like to know more about the reasoning behind the rats and other aspects of alchemy that I didn't feel were fully explained. The last half of the book was especially exciting and we get to see certain characters begin to descend more and more into the darkness. At almost 500 pages this is not a short book, but I read it fairly quickly. There are several plot twists that kept me guessing and while the ending wasn't necessarily a cliffhanger, I am interested in seeing what the sequels will bring. I am hoping to learn more about the world and how alchemy and necromancy will continue to shape the characters.

I enjoyed Nedra's point of view but felt Grey's was a little lacking. The book had some twists near the end and of course it had to end with you wanting more.

Wow! I pretty much read this book in one sitting. The world building is awesome, the characters are deep and relatable, and the story itself is fantastic. It's deep and dark, and will leave you thinking long after you finish reading

*This review will also be posted on my blog,* 5/5 Stars This is my first ever book about necromancy and honestly, before reading this book, I didn't even think I was interested in necromancy. After seeing the spin that Revis puts on necromancy, I can honestly say that I'm a fan. Also that cover! Oh my god, look how beautiful! Those colors are amazing! The Characters At the beginning, before Nedra gets to the academy, I felt pretty meh about her. I was also pretty meh about her in the beginning at the academy too, but as soon as she starts working with Professor Ostrum and really starts getting into the the Wasting Death and working with the patients on the island hospital, I started actually feeling vested in her life and her journey. I wasn't super into Grey as a character when it came to his romanic interactions with Nedra, but in general, as a supporting character who is some elements is a foil to Nedra, I really enjoyed him. Do I remember many of the other side character from the academy? Nope, but they also didn't make too many appearances, so I guess that makes sense. The Plot I'm a really big fan of plot driven narratives. If you're going to give me a book that's all description or all world building, I might try and finish it, but it'll be really slow and I won't enjoy it. I thought that this book had such a great mix of plot and world building and character development! I was never bored and I just had to keep reading (even though, you know, I had to go to work in the mornings and staying up until 1am reading was not condusive to long workdays... THAT ENDING (DON'T READ IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS) So the final battle per say was not crazy surprising, but the fact that Nedra just walked away from Grey when he asked her to give up the necromancy and come with him was definitely surprising to me. I'm used to the normal trope where the main character and the love interest get together at the end and when the love interest asks the main character to pick them over something else, the love interest generally wins out. This was not the case, and honestly, that's what made me love this book even more.

What can I say, I was impressed by this book. The character development was a little lacking but the story line was intriguing; and even though the story line was a little slow to begin with, it picked up and the ending was a twist I didn’t see coming. I’d give this book a 3.5 Star. Not sure if the second book will be as slow, but I’m hoping it’ll be a faster paced read.

I'm impressed. Although Give The Dark My Love had a very slow build and most of the interesting part of the storyline takes place towards the end of the book... I still really enjoyed reading it. The heavy background info and character development really helped create a solid foundation for the heart of the story. We get to really see how deep Nedra's love for her family and for her people goes and what she is willing to sacrifice to save them all from the deadly plague that is destroying her country. When i made it halfway through the book I began to question the poit of the dual POV between Greggori and Nedra and even what significance they brief love interest held. Nedra was obviously fond of Greggori but her interest really lied in finding the cure for the plague and he was easily brushed aside many times. I was starting to be annoyed they even mentioned him at all because the story could have easily flowed without him but towards the end it became apparent that he was sort of important. As she dives deeper into the forbidden art of necromancy, so does her soul and it seems Greggori plays a bigger role than i gave him credit for. Overall this is a great YA fantasy that is about intense family bonds, a seemingly endless plague, sacrifice and a girls venture into the darkness to save her country.

This was an interesting YA fantasy novel with a good story line and a twist at the end. Character development was a bit slim and maybe that will improve with the next book. Not sure I would care enough to read another one though. I have never read this author before so maybe her style is just not for me.

I received a digital ARC of "Give the Dark My Love," by Beth Revis. I was very excited to be selected to read the book two months early, and give an honest review. I am a huge fan of Revis' previous work, the "Across the Universe" trilogy. Note: I do not normally like zombies; books, tv shows, movies, I hate zombies. I hate The Walking Dead and I hated "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" with a passion. But this book has a cool NEW twist on a normally boring zombie story! 5/5 Stars ********SPOILER WARNING!******** {I will try to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but there may somethings I might not be able to keep out of the review.} This book is super easy to read and follow, and it flows along at a great pace. The characters are easy to picture in my mind. We start off with Nedra, a girl who is about to attend Yugen Academy, a school of alchemy, at Northface Harbor. She longed to become an alchemist so she could find a cure to "The Wasting Death," a disease that had plagued her village, and the world, for a very long time, and had killed some of her friends, family of friends, etc. While at school she meets Greggori, or Grey for short. Nedra and Grey become friends, as they are in the same lectures and have the same time slot to meet with the Master Ostrum. {The fact that they actually have to call him "Master" bothered me a little, it felt like he was their owner, somehow, and not their Professor.} When we begin to learn about alchemy, at first it is thought to be a science, but I felt it was more magical than scientific. I won't spoil it for you, but it is a lot of magical/mystical alchemy. We learn about a man named Bennum Wellebourne, who was supposedly a necromancer who used alchemy to raise the dead 150 years prior in order to win a rebellion against the Empire, and claim Lunar Island as independent from the Allyrian Empire, which he failed to do. There are talks of a new rebellion against the new Emperor/Empire, but Nedra believes that to be treason, as does Grey. Nedra begins private lessons with Master Ostrum and together they discover what the Wasting Death really is, and how to stop it. I don't know what more to say without giving away too many spoilers, so I will end it here. I will say the book ends on a serious cliffhanger... I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it.

Give the Dark My Love is a YA fantasy truly written for a YA audience with Nedra and Grey's, the main characters, voices being that of actual teens. They felt more authentic than many YA fantasy stories that place younger characters in more complex and mature scenarios. This story started off slow and because the idea and concept behind raising the dead is complex, it took a long time to get to anything exciting. By the time, it twists and you're in it, the story is nearly over and then ends. This felt very much felt like a first book in a series where they are laying the ground work for bigger things to come. Which was disappointing because I love when stories can stand on their own and each subsequent story builds on the last.

I thought this book had a beautiful writing style and was very interesting. The writer had me drawn in from the very beginning. This book was a little too dark for me though

I have never wanted to raise the dead so badly. If you're looking for angsty teen romance, this has a small taste of it, but the meat of the story is so much more. The romance isn`t the focus, and that works wonders for the rest of the plot. The medicinal segment was captivating enough; isn`t science, medicine, healing, a bit like magic even in our world? Revis's way of describing the plague's victims is haunting enough to make you remember every sick person you`ve ever seen and to be wary of those you see in the future, and while it is marketed to young adults, even older adults will find themselves captivated in these pages. Admittedly it does start a bit slow, but once you get into it, you really can get into it. The narrative voice Revis employs is entrancing, so to speak. It is a fun book, not necessarily a feel good one. On to Nedra herself. If you have been looking for an intelligent powerful young woman, here she is. Nedra doesn't always make the most ethical decisions in the eyes of society, but her reasoning behind her decisions are sound. Her relationship with Grey, who is a bit flat compared to Ned and even their mentor, is lacking substance but that is what makes her and her decisions so compelling. She is a young woman who loves her family and her people, and she would do anything for them. Anything. Give this book a read if you are into strong women who take an active role in their lives and their communities. I read it in a couple of hours, hungrily devouring the last couple hundred pages, and I will be reading the next book if there is one. It's worth it. Here and now, I am Team Ned.

Give the Dark My Love is a YA Fantasy written from the perspectives of both Nedra and Grey. The two main characters came from polar opposite backgrounds and meet each other whole attending alchemy school/ I enjoyed the journey that Nedra tales throughout the book and the way she views the world and her choices. To see a group of people so different because the world is a different place due to their station in life. This book is recommended to fans of YA Fantasy and YA Dystopian fans. There is so much heart and hope is this story and can not wait for the next book in this series to be published. Thank you to Penguin for an opportunity as reading this ARC.


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