๏ ๏ ๏ Book Blurb ๏ ๏ ๏
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.
Give The Dark My Love is the kind of book that is not easily defined. For me, it was part Dark Fantasy, part Alternate History and also part Supernatural with a splash of romance. The romance in no way interferes with the storyline or dominates it either…just enhances it.
In the beginning, I had an overwhelming feeling of depression… the disease or plaque that does dominate the story, just left me saddened. But around the half-way point, this takes a decidedly dark turn and that's when this story evolves into something most compelling…the darkness and the necromancy sucked me right into the story. Despite the slow start to the book and my not having read too much about necromancy, to say yay or nay on it…I still feel like this is executed smoothly and poignantly.
๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏
☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+
☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+
๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏
Main Characters~ 4.2/5
Secondary Characters~ 4/5
The Feels~ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone~ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.8/5
Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Not really, but there is a second book.
Book Cover~ So gorgeous…
Narration~☆5☆ for Mhairi Morrison, she reminded me of the girl in the Disney Movie Brave…I quite loved her accent. ☆4☆ for Bruce Mann…meh, he was all right.
Series~ Give The Dark My Love #1
Setting~ Lunar Island
Source~ Audiobook (Library)