Rambling about books

Book review: Give the Dark My Love, by Beth Revis

Book cover from Goodreads

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

Title: Give the Dark My Love

Author: Beth Revis

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Goodreads link

What do I think?

I really did not want to be reading another YA series, especially the fact that I felt somewhat cringey due to the title of this book; it’s just somewhat to emo? But the premise got me curious. Alchemist? Necromancy? It reminded me of Fullmetal Alchemist and honestly it’s been a long time coming since I read a book with those kind of themes, so I thought maybe I shouldn’t quick to say no to this book?

I’m glad that I read this book, though. The story was interesting, though one must be patient enough, because the first part of the book was such a snoozefest. It’s like your typical poor kid goes to rich kids’ school, got bullied, yadda yadda. I really don’t have time for that. But, gosh who would have thought the second part of the book was so engaging, as we race against the time with Nedra, the main character, in fighting the mysterious death that befallen the island where she lives.

There is some things that don’t sit quite well with me, and I will elaborate.

One, I am so sick of the monologue of our dear female main character from a YA book that seems to constantly compare themselves with their female siblings, how they’re not as pretty, not as graceful, and how “ooh I’m so different from my siblings, I don’t like girly stuffs, I don’t care about my appearance.” Like, you know you can care about your appearance and still good enough to fight the bad guys, right? Why are we still going with this trope. Like, there’s nothing bad about caring about girly stuff, and there’s nothing wrong if you don’t care also. Stop going with this trope, please.

Two, yep, definitely reminded me well of Fullmetal Alchemist. Not complaining though. Just stating the fact. Still like the storyline.

We all know that Nedra eventually turned to Necromancy, so it was just my curiosity on how she turned to necromancy that kept me reading. It was well written, so not complain there. And some added story about the hidden politics aren’t boring either. So, kudos for that. But, I won’t be reading the second book, though. I really don’t have any other lingering question that would need answering by reading the second book. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, I just really not in the mood to be reading series anymore.

What’s the story about?

Taken from Goodreads

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.

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.

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