Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Publisher: Egmont USA
Age: Young Adult
Species: Werewolf, Human
Rating: 5/5
Interest: Werewolves/ 200 in 2011 Challenge

A Prodigal Son

A Dangerous Love

A Deadly Secret

Grace Divine—daughter of the local pastor—always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.

Now that Daniel's returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul.
The only thing I can think about The Dark Divine right now is why on earth did I not read this sooner?!

The book is absolutely amazing. It is everything the description promises it will be and more. Grace is one of the most sensible, take-charge and strong heroines I've ever read. She's the kind of girl I'd want to be best friends with. And Daniel, sexy, dangerous, impossible Daniel, I completely fell head over heels for him. I even felt a little bit for Jude after all was said and done. The plot and mystery are compelling, but the characters were really what made this novel for me. Everyone had so many layers to them, it was impossible to know exactly who was lying or being truthful at any time.

I was worried about the religious aspects of the book, certain novels portray Christians as treacherous bigots, or plain nasty judgmental people. I am so incredibly thrilled that none of those stereotypes were in The Dark Divine. When they mentioned anything about their beliefs, it was only to talk about love, acceptance and forgiveness.Which is a huge relief for me because intensely religious books tend to turn me completely off.

An interesting and practically unheard of aspect of this book was a parent who was not blind to what was going on. Which is freaking amazing because most YA parent's brains should be tested for lead content with how dense they are. In this case the father knew what was happening practically before everyone else did. It was kind of a relief to see an adult on top of things for once so that the kids weren't stumbling around trying to solve the problem on their own.

I can't really say much more about this novel that wouldn't sound spoilery. Overall, The Dark Divine is a sexy, dark and mysterious story of love and passion with a shot of redemption to hold it all together. This is one amazing book. I recommend everyone get it right now. Beg for, borrow or buy this fantastic book and just try to put it down once you've begun!

Teaser lines: "I tried to forget everything about you." "You hated me that much?" "No." I grabbed a branch and pulled myself up, my back still to him. "I missed you that much."

Series Order:
1. The Dark Divine
2. The Lost Saint

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