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Give the Dark My Love

(Give the Dark My Love #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  667 Ratings  ·  238 Reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Razorbill
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Natasha I found it to be pretty good! First half is very young adult but the second half was amazing!

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Emily May
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2018
“If you do this, Nedra, if you choose necromancy . . . I will not follow you into that darkness.”
“Oh, Grey,” I said, shifting my bag on my shoulder. “What do you know of darkness?”

Well. This book's darkness certainly creeps up on you. In the best kind of way.

While reading the first half of Give the Dark My Love, I thought it was a decent YA fantasy. It checked a number of boxes that appeal to me - "magic" alchemy school with mysterious tutors, political intrigue, some diversity (view spoiler)
Elise (TheBookishActress)
“If you do this, Nedra, if you choose necromancy… I cannot follow you into that darkness.”
“Oh, Grey,” I said, shifting my bag onto my shoulder. “What do you know of darkness?”

This book looked like a generic, if fun, YA fantasy that just happened to have this really nice and intriguing cover. And then it turned out to be a story about a wonderfully crafted antiheroine falling into darkness in the face of relentless oppression, and then Really Doing That, and I was just shook. If you liked her
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
"I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul."
-Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII

This book is dark, heavy, and irreverent... and I love it. It is a book about necromancy, sure, but at heart it was an exposition on grief. Give The Dark My Love is one to add to my favorite books featuring an anti-hero and I think those who enjoy this type of unsettling novel will really take to it. At times it felt lyrical, and even poetic, but the writing is never so lofty
Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
a darkly twisted story about a heroine's journey into villainy, featuring also necromancy and queer characters?

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Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Give the Dark My Love more like Give the Devil my Soul, My Sanity and A Shit-ton of Zombies.

“A good book will give you answers to questions you didn’t know you had. A great book will give you questions to answers you thought you knew.”

Phew, that was morbid.
In the best way.

Don't let this picturesque cover fool you. This book is dark. And when I say that, I mean do-not-snack-while-reading dark. You better buy some thick skin at Walmart first.
I must say that this book piqued my interest but somehow
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
That was pretty good. And it went to some dark places! Lovely cover as well!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
*Thanks again to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Nedra Brysstain is a seventeen-year-old girl from the northern territories of the Lunar Island. She likes her life up there but as a deadly plague starts spreading through the North, Nedra decides to leave her home to learn the trade of medicinal alchemy at the prestigious Yugen Academy. Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague but as the disease begins spreading fas
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Breaking Bad meets The Walking Dead in this twisty thriller.
Jodi Meadows
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That got dark.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK! This is necromancy fantasy at its finest and its heroine has one of the best descending character arcs I've seen.

My official review:

"GIVE THE DARK MY LOVE asks: How far will we venture into darkness for the ones we love? In the face of a deadly plague, Nedra's journey from compassionate medical student to ruthless revolutionary is stunning and shocking to behold."
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Hmm...I'm actually feeling this cover and the title is still one of my favs
Ooo necromancy sounds interesting...
Jessica Khoury
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nedra shines as an innocent, hopeful girl who dreams of helping her people as a healer and alchemist, but who instead finds herself on a dark and forbidden path that will cost her her innocence and so much more. Watching Nedra's descent into darkness was truly thrilling; THIS is how you write an anti-hero. Brava!
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is bleak and dismal and pushes moral ambiguity a bit. So basically this is my kind of book. Main plot points that suck me in: takes place in a school of alchemy, a plague sweeping the nation, necromancy, pretty graphic medical lessons, seemingly strong moral values that get flipped on their heads. Well, apparently I like reading about all the dark and gritty stuff that most people stay away from. But if that seems like your jam, definitely check this book out. It’s a slow burn plot of ...more
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
*ARC Provided by Penguin Teen and Razorbill for an honest review*


This book was just too....Trigger happy for me. As much as I ADORE this author, I chose not to finish this because of how many things bothered me. I don't mind dark, but sometimes an author can get too dark, and that's what happened here.


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Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warning: this book contains graphic surgical operation scenes, talks about deathly disease and also has some scenes with animal cruelty.

Give the Dark My Love was one of my most anticipated books this year. 
In all honesty, the first thing that appealed to me was this gorgeous cover, then the synopsis.

This was my first time consciously reading an anti-hero story, and God I loved it so much!
I've heard before from many readers how anti-heroes stories are the best ones, but I guess it takes o
When I saw that this book was written by Beth Revis I knew that I had to get my hands on it. For those of you new to the YA book world, Beth Revis is the author of Across the Universe, a sci-fi, young adult space opera that came out in 2011. Basically, that means that I've been looking forward to more of Revis' writing.

Now, here we are with Give the Dark my Love. And while no, I did not love it, I think certainly was worth the wait! I don't know what it says about me but I do love a good villain
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of dark ya fantasy and antiheroes

It was dark and twisted and exactly what an antihero story should be.

Before I dived into the Give the Dark My Love (does anyone else think the title is gorgeous!) I read some reviews and I was seduced by the notion of an antiheroine. It is not so often when books show us full descent of leading character into the darkness. But Give the Dark My Love does it unapologetically and with a brazen flare.

I shuddered every time I had to read about the monstrosities the heroine had to endure. The world

Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow this book really was incredible. This book is not about romance, unlike the title suggests. This book is about succumbing to the darkness. I absolutely loved watching Nedra’s journey and how, in her quest for good, she becomes enamored by darkness.
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
Was this what necromancy was? Raising the bodies but losing the souls? What point was there in that?

Beth Revis was one of the authors who made me appreciate science fiction. I really enjoyed reading the Across the Universe trilogy when I was in college, and I was excited to read more of her work. She published a contemporary novel a year or so ago, but my waning interest in the genre failed to persuade me to pick it up. So when I learned that she was delving into fantasy, my favorite genre of al
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
There is a line in where the main character says "not papa, not papa."

And I immediately thought about Johnny Johnny and I have officially reached the Lowest Point in my life.

But anyways, that ending was freaking dope just the whole beginning and middle I hated beyond words.
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
3,5 stars

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review

Sometimes a book leaves you conflicted. Give the Dark My Love is one of those. On the one hand I enjoyed reading it, but on the other hand I have a lot of bits and pieces that didn’t work for me.

Let me start with the writing itself which was good. The prologue gave us a taste of what was to come and then it build itself up slowly, becoming an atmospheric horror book. However I did find the b
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

I received an arc from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

When I first saw this book, I expected a high fantasy tale infused with an intoxicating love that would sure leave me to be gripping the pages. Instead, I was left with an insta-love story involving a strong heroine that later turned out to be the villain and at least 200 pages of her going back and forth to treat patients at the hospital with little to no supernatural powers. So, to say that t
Fae Crate
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beth has always been a favorite author of mine and this hasn't stopped the love. Very interesting to read from the accused bad guy for once! A beautiful and unique read!
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Questo è il libro perfetto per tutti coloro che amano leggere di antieroi. Nesta, la protagonista è una ragazza di un villaggio povero che riesce ad accedere alla più prestigiosa scuola di alchemia medica del paese grazie alla borsa di studio di un benefattore misterioso. L'unico scopo della sua vita è infatti trovare la causa/cura per la strana epidemia che sta decimando la popolazione e che si manifesta con necrosi delle estremità e in seguito morte imminente. Il libro intero parla della sua s ...more
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 POV ...more
Jul 31, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
1) i loved rebel rising so much that i am immediately intrigued by beth revis' work
2) this cover and title are amazing
3) story sounds interesting and i looooove alchemy as a plot point, yaaassss
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one had a rocky start for me but I think it was due to my reading mood. I put it aside and came back to it and finished it in a sitting! It kept me flipping pages and trying to guess what would happen next. I loved the set up for the ending and can’t wait for a book 2!!
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
4.5 stars!
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow wow wow Incredible. This book is not about romance, unlike the title suggests. This book is about succumbing to the darkness. I absolutely loved watching Nedra’s journey and how, in her quest for good, she becomes enamored by darkness.
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Beth Revis writes books. She also eats too much chocolate, wishes she could travel more, and prefers puppies to people. Beth lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, two very large puppies.

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