Today we're excited to chat with Beth Revis (Give The Dark My Love)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Beth, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Beth Revis!
Beth Revis is a NY Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. Her next title, Give the Dark my Love, is a dark fantasy about love and death. It will be available this fall. Beth’s other books include the bestselling science fiction trilogy, Across the Universe, and a novel in the Star Wars universe entitled Rebel Rising. She’s the author of two additional novels, numerous short stories,and the nonfiction Paper Hearts series, which aids aspiring writers. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel for teens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two massive dogs.
Meet Give The Dark My Love!
A young alchemist turns to dark magic when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland in this epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis.
Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master 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.
Until she meets 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 grow close, 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.
~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: Did you prefer a specific genre as a teen? Or was any genre game?
I only wanted fantasy and some sci fi growing up. I didn't care about a book if it didn't have dragons and/or magic and/or explosions.
YABC: What current YA book would you recommend to your teenage self?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the exact book I'd give teenage me to read for a couple of reasons. First, it's just a book I know I'd enjoy; the daring plans, the high-stakes crime, the survival. But I also think Six of Crows is brilliant at building empathy, and that is something I know teenage-me needed. Between the empathy built for a cast of characters who may would consider villains, and the empathy developed through strong ties of love across races, gender, and orientation, I know that teenage me would have been a better person for having read about Kaz Brekker's gang.
YABC: What do you love most about the YA genre?
Anything can happen. A book about teens solving murder mysteries in space can sit between a twisty contemporary thriller and a sweet rom-com. Anything can happen in a YA novel. The only guarantees are that the book is going to be fast-paced and you're going to fall in love with the characters. All else is fair game!
YABC: Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?
Science! I hated math and science in high school, and thought I'd only ever use history and English. And for a long time, I was right...except then I had an idea for a science fiction novel, and suddenly I needed to know a lot more about all that science I'd previously ignored. #facepalm
YABC: What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?
A lot of writing is practice. We forget that--we invest so much time in the initial creation of the work that it's hard to realize that maybe that work will never be published. Writing--all art--takes practice. But at the same time, when you have the choice between staying home and practicing your craft versus going out and having a new adventure, pick the adventure. Your stories come from your life lived well. Seek adventure first.
Give The Dark My Love
By: Beth Revis
Release Date: September 25th, 2018