Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Dark Divine

The Dark Divine by
Bree Despain

# of pages: 384
Age range: 14+
Rating: 5/5

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 his own 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 boy's 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.

First off, I just want to say, I love the name Bree Despain, so pretty! Ok, moving on, I have to admit I didn't know what to think before reading this novel. It's not that I had read mixed reviews or any thing, but I was just like...can it really be that good?

Um, yes it can. Admittedly it wasn't the first chapter that drew me in, it was the ones after that. Once I got to know Daniel a little bit better I began to really enjoy the book. I was a little afraid that Grace would be a "peachy-clean" church girl, but she had more depth and darkness in her than I expected, and that is what really made the book for me.

The mystery and suspense is great and intriguing, and the connection between Grace and Daniel is heart pounding. There was plenty of depth and development between the characters and a lot of self discoveries.

I enjoyed this novel a lot more than I expected, it is definitely a book I would recommend for you to check out if you are into the dark romance/paranormal/fantasy type book which most twi-hards are into. So claps to Bree, I'll definitely be looking out for the sequel, or "sqeequel".

Be sure to check out the following if you liked The Dark Divine:

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Never Cry Werewold by Heather Davis
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Need by Carrie Jones
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Splendor falls by Rosemary Clement-More
Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

Check out Bree Despain here!



Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Agree that all the 5-star ratings made me skeptical, lol. Great review though, and I can't wait to read the sequel too! :)

Kath said...

I just finished this last night! I really enjoyed your review and thanks for the book suggestions, there were a couple I didn't have!

brizmus said...

A positive review from someone who didn't really except to like it. Wow!