I got my first ever E-arc last month, and OMG I loved it so much (both the experience and the book!) This was my first book from Penguin’s First to Read program, and while it was a little challenging at the beginning to make sure I was able to read it (you know, Adobe Digital Editions and all), as soon as I had figured out those logistics, actually reading the book was a breeze!
Give the Dark My Love 5/5 Stars
*I received a free e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Goodreads summary: 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.
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.
Give the Dark my Love comes out on September 25th, and I would definitely say check it out when it comes out!