(Review) Give the Dark My Love

TGive the Dark My Love by Beth Revis
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Pages: 456 (kindle)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
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. 

My Review: 
I've been a fan of Beth Revis for a while, though the last book I picked up for hers was kind of a bust for me. I was excited to pick this one up from First to Read, though. I've never read any kind of book about alchemy (that I know of), so I was looking forward to delving into a new topic for me. 

I loved Nedra pretty much immediately. She loves her family and even wishes to sacrifice her education for them, but they won't have it. Nedra is whisked off to the big city for her training. Her goal is the help find the cure for the sickness that is plaguing her land and her people. 

School isn't easy for her. She's a good student and as the head professor takes her under his wing for special training, the others start to talk. Only Grey is on her side. As Nedra gets deeper into her studies she also falls deeper into the temptation to use the darkest part of alchemy.

I love the strength of Nedra throughout the entire book. She shows little weakness when it comes to Grey or her family, and keeps her focus on finding the cure for the sickness. This book is definitely twisty. You don't always know who to trust or who is on the right side...or which side is the right one! 

Grey is kind of swoony, but is absolutely the weaker of the two characters, though he doesn't really seem to mind standing in Nedra's shadow. He wants to help her, to love her, but it's hard for him sometimes. Nedra is very complex and Grey isn't always sure how to help her. 

I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of this series and what else Beth has in store for us.