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Give the Dark My Love

(Give the Dark My Love #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,592 ratings  ·  486 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
Hardcover, 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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شيماء ✨
It’s so interesting to me how everyone sleeps differently. Some people sleep on their side, some people sleep on their back and I’ve noticed that A LOT OF Y'ALL ARE STILL SLEEPING ON THIS BOOK.

So, what’s this book about?

Nedra Brysstain earns a scholarship to Yugen Academy, which also earns her many enemies, especially her rival classmates who think that a poor girl from a rural village should not be admitted to such a place of prestige. In Yugen, Nedra is tutored by the enigmatic Master Ostrum
Emily May
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 🖤🐺🐾
Jan 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars - review to come on my channel but the biggest struggle this book had was the pacing. 70% of the book before you get to the actual necromancy discussed in the synopsis? No thanks.
But it didn’t take love to sacrifice something of yourself for someone else. It just took desperation.

Nedra is an aspiring alchemist. She leaves her small village in the north to go study at Yūgen Academy. But these are hard times on Luna Island. People are dying of a plague, The Wasting Death, in the masses. Nedra's fellow students and the rich folk believe the plague doesn't concern them and only kills those who live in filth (aka the poor). But Nedra is determined to find a cure at any cost
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨
I live for innocent female characters who slowly descend into darkness.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2018, ebook
*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
Emma Giordano
Rating & Review to come! (I promise, let me finish my semester lmao) Overall, really enjoyed this one.

cw: death, grief, animal cruelty
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Breaking Bad meets The Walking Dead in this twisty thriller.
Jodi Meadows
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That got dark.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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."
Jade Ratley
Very entertaining, dark and twisted, kept me hooked throughout. The ending was abrupt, but I understand there’s a sequel to come... could have done without the romance, it was very unnecessary and added nothing to the story, but I did love the main plot, I was enthralled. The atmosphere of this was gripping and sickening, loved it.

Edited: deducted a star a couple of weeks after reading it, letting it sink in I think there were more mediocre parts than I initially thought, that doesn’t take away
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Hmm...I'm actually feeling this cover and the title is still one of my favs
Ooo necromancy sounds interesting...
Beatrice in Bookland
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
“If love will not stop for death, time should.”

This book creeps up on you in the best possible way.

I recommend not reading other reviews and buy the book without knowing what is actually going to happen. You'd be in for a surprise, that's for sure. Just know that the first half is boring af and it's the typical ya plot: girl goes to a prestigious school, everyone hates her except one guy who's into her and nobody (me included) knows why. But oh my god the second half. The second half is amazing.
Jessica Khoury
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Damn, this book was dark. So naturally, I loved it.
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
Omg, this book is beyond amazing!!!!
Happy 2019 everyone!
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

Khadidja ~on hiatus~
Well hello darkness, my old friend.

Y'all this book was dark. There was death and plagues and I never thought I'd feel sorry from rats... But Beth Revis has created a gem here and I loved it!

All Nedra wants to is to study medical alchemy at the Yugen Academy so that she can find a way to help stop the spread of the Wasting Death - a horrible plague that is fastly ripping through her nation. When she gets accepted, her natural talent is noticed by the leading teacher at the school and he soon take
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
From the summary of this book you know that at some point there will be necromancy but it didn't happen until almost the very end of the book. As you can see I gave it 3⭐ because of that reason. You can't tell me there's going to be necromancy in a book and then not give it to me until the final chapters. I think if it had gotten to it much earlier this book could have been a three and a half maybe even Four Stars. Not sure at this point whether or not I will read the second and final book of th ...more
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“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.” 6 likes
“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?”
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