Thursday, May 20, 2010

Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Published by Egmont USA
Date Published: December 22, 2009
Rating: 4/5

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 blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel’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. True loves first kill…

A pastor’s daughter, Grace Divine, finds herself torn between the love of two different guys. This seems to be the theme of many YA books written today. One vulnerable girl, two guys fighting for her love with a choice that must be made. She must decide between the seemingly good guy and the probably bad guy. But don’t take me the wrong way. I actually really liked this book. I‘ve been reading a lot lately but this book stood out to me and I even started and finished it in one day (surprising for me, especially during finals week).

Bree Despain welded the genres of action, adventure, romance, some comedy, and thriller into one beautiful masterpiece called The Dark Divine. The thematic events of this book kept me on edge wondering what fated twist was just on the next page. Page after page I longed to divulge myself into the world of Grace Divine. When adding in a darker edge to the equation, the story can usually only get better (just like adding syrup to waffles). Although it seems that every bad guy on earth (at least in YA fiction world) drives a crazy fast motorcycle [the pinnacle of BAD, I guess], the story led me through the Divine past and present. I loved this book all the way through. I really recommend it to any reader especially if you like werewolves, dark secrets, and romance.

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