Title: Give the Dark My Love
Author: Beth Revis
Date Started: November 8
Date Finished: November 14
Format: Hardcover from a book subscription box
When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn 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, who all look down on her.
All, except for 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 continue to grow closer, 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.
Okay, Beth Revis. Why do you insist on writing books that end up giving me nightmares? I read the Across the Universe trilogy many years ago, and that series gave me nightmares, and now this book has given me nightmares. The only book that hasn’t yet given me nightmares that I’ve read by her is A World Without You, that one just made my head explode.
Anyway, you would think by now I would know better than to read books with plague in them. The whole seeing it first hand through the narrator’s eyes when the body count starts to get too high is what always does me in, and with Give the Dark My Love it was when Nedra was in quarantine for a week with a couple of dead bodies. *shudder* I’m going to have nightmares for week because of that one. Hopefully my next read is slightly more upbeat.
Moving on…Give the Dark My Love wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The story was very well executed though, I love how the true villain of the story wasn’t revealed until many twists later. I loved the slow burn between Grey and Nedra, and I am so very curious to know what happens to them now. I also really liked Nedra’s turn to the dark side it kind of reminded me of Anakin Skywalker’s turn in the Star Wars prequels, I’m just hoping that Nedra has a better fate than he does.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason this book is losing a star is because of how gross the plague was. Blackened and twisted limbs. If it was caught early enough amputation. *shudder* I could have done without all that, thanks. But still this story was very, very good. I can’t wait to see what Nedra and Grey do next.
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