Saturday, December 18, 2010

Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Synopsis: Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.
The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry, glint in his eyes.
The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boys' dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.

Book Details:
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub. Date: Nov. 23, 2010
Original Pub. Date (for Hardcover): Dec. 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 4oo

My Review:
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain is one thrilling debut novel. How and why could I have possibly waited this long to read this book? Well part of the reason why is because I wary about The Dark Divine because it came out when vampire books where starting to become all the rage. If it were not for my fellow book bloggers and book lovers, who convinced me that it was a werewolf book, I would probably have lived on without reading it. Also, take note that this review might not be too great. I started reading the The Lost Saint soon after finishing this book, and they both blend into one book now.

The Dark Divine is about Grace who is part of a religious, do good family. Grace starts seeing Daniel her childhood friend who disappeared 3 years ago. Her family avoids all talk of Daniel and that night he disappeared. Despite her brother’s warning to stay away from Daniel, Grace is drawn to him.

The mysteries and secrets pertaining to Daniel kept me flying through the pages. And who or what is causing all these deaths throughout the city? All the characters were likable; beside Pete Bradshaw. He got annoying after a while.

I love how the reader slowly gets the whole story as to what went on in the past between Daniel and Grace’s brother Jude. Bree Despain tied in the religion and werewolf folklore aspect very well. Although I wouldn’t consider The Dark Divine a christian fiction novel. Every element in this story comes together and makes this book original and unique. In my eyes The Dark Divine definitely stands out in the sea of YA books.

The ending was action packed and shocking. You never really know what twist or turn is coming until it happens. I could go on forever talking about this book. I’ll end this review by saying that you should give The Dark Divine a try. You’ll be sure to love it if you like werewolves, romance, mysteries, and action.

5 Stars!

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