Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Title: Give the Dark My Love
(Give the Dark My Love #1)
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Audiobook/Hardbook
Narrated By: Mhairi Morrison, Bruce Mann
Length: 12 hours, 19 minutes/368 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Publish Date: September 25, 2018
Plague, Elitism, Death, Amputation, Murder,
Violence, Child Deaths, Necromancy, Torture
Bisexual Characters, Homosexual Characters

I’ve been putting this one off for too long, and I know this has really been something that I wanted to read, so I just had to get over whatever issue I have about not reading books when I want to read it and then just read the damn thing. So that’s what I did.

But it seems like me reading the physical copy helped me get through it better than the audiobook. Sometimes it happens that way. Doesn’t mean the narrators are crappy or anything. I just needed a change.

Nedra Brysstain is one of the main characters in the novel. She is extremely intelligent, and seems to be naturally gifted in medical alchemy. She was able to suck the soul out of a rat on her first attempt, something that is not usual. I have a feeling – besides the synopsis lol – that she is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Greggori “Grey” Astor is one of the top students at Yugen Academy. I’m pretty sure he is the top student, but is pretty humble about it compared to some of the other students *ahem* TOMUS. He is actually a good guy once you get to know him, and he finds a real friend in Nedra.

You’re treating her like a slave, as if she’d already taken the robes, but she’s still a student. It’s been more than a week since you asked for volunteers, and since then Nedra practically lives at the quarantine hospital.

Grey to Master Ostrum

Alchemy. Necromancy. Girl meets boy but she’s more focused on taking care of the plague that’s ravaging the Empire that she is a part of. She gets a scholarship to go to Yugen Academy to study medicinal alchemy. She makes friends with Grey, and she becomes the protege of Master Ostrum, the best medicinal alchemist in the school. Together they work to find a cure for this mysterious plague that has been hitting the poor citizens of the Empire, spreading its black poison through their bodies. There’s no clear way on how it’s spreading, and despite their efforts, there doesn’t seem to be a cure.

Also, Ned and Grey may end up liking each other, but that doesn’t really take over the story, which I absolutely love.

Mama burned all the bread because she couldn’t quit reading – I see where you get it from

Nessie’s letter to Nedra

How many of us book lovers can relate to that line though? I know I can.

I really fell in love with Nedra. She is so focused on helping others, trying to find a cure for this plague that she ends up putting herself and others last. I don’t like that she doesn’t take care of herself, but I love how dedicated and motivated she is. I would definitely say that she’s one of my new favorite characters to date.

Nedra Brysstain, I know you. And you always default to guilt. This plague does not rest on your shoulders alone. Your life is for living.

Ernesta, nedra’s twin sister

It’s honestly hard to say because I’m still really heartbroken by what happened in this novel, but after getting past the audiobook and reading it physically, I have to say that I really enjoyed the story.

Oh, I also liked that Nessie – Nedra’s twin – was bisexual and there were other same sex couples mentioned throughout the novels (briefly, but there) and nobody questioned or fought against it. It was just normal. And that’s how it should be. Because it’s a normal thing to love who you love.

Tomus – Grey’s friend and second highest student in Yugen Academy – is a complete jerk-face to Nedra for no damn reason. Like, okay? She accidentally sat in your spot because it didn’t have your damn name on it. How was she supposed to know that when it’s literally her first day at the academy? He was just a rude ass hoe, and I don’t appreciate it.

Also I feel like Grey was trying to get Nedra to love him too much, and he wasn’t really paying attention to her nonverbal communication in that she really, really needed to focus on finding a cure. Her whole scholarship depended on what Master Ostrum thought of her work. She wasn’t trying to get distracted and lose this opportunity. I get that Grey didn’t have to worry about that, but he should have been more understanding to her.

So this is a duology, and while I feel like I would have been fine with it ending the way it did – being open ended and all that – I am curious to see how Nedra is going to progress and what exactly Grey plans on doing now that…. everything has happened.

“I appreciate your concern,” Nedra said, biting off the words, “but don’t ever do that again. I can speak for myself.”

Nedra to Grey

I mean… look at my boss ass bitch right here.

12 thoughts on “Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

  1. Great review, Leelynn! I’ve never heard of this before but my interest is super piqued after reading your review. I love a good boss ass leading female, and it’s even better when there’s feelings between characters, but she doesn’t change her priorities just for romance 😍 (even though by now we all know I’m a sucker for romance)! Also, for some reason I can’t pinpoint, I’m really loving the title of this book.

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    1. OMG Dini you’re making me cry! Whenever you or someone else says that they are even more intrigued by a book after reading my review, I seriously tear up because I feel like I don’t write my reviews well most of the time. So, I really hope that you end up liking it as much as I did ❤

      Hhaah yeah I really, really love that she doesn't change her priorities. Some people would call it a fault, but I don't see it as one. She's so focused on her goals and what she set out to do and I can't help but admire her for it. It's a very haunting and seductive title. I think that's why I picked it up too.


  2. OOh, I loved everything you said about this, especially that Nedra is such a great character that she became a new favorite. I’ve been really intrigued by this story, but also kind of hesitant to read it, but you convinced me to give it a chance. I think I’ll wait until the second novel is out, though, and read them together. Great review! 🙂

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  3. My favorite thing about reading your reviews is that you get into books that I haven’t yet heard of it and I get to learn about new ones! Also, I love your blogging voice. I feel like your personality shines so well in your blog posts ❤️

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    1. Awww yay! Yeah, I forget where I saw this one at, but I am so glad that I ended up reading it! I think it was because I got denied for the sequel on Edelweiss, which was kind of a blessing because I wouldn’t have understood what was going on in that one! Awww yay I’m glad to hear that too. I hope my voice is fun anyway lol

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