The Dark Divine by Bree Despain | Utah Book Month Review

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (The Dark Divine #1)
Publisher: Egmont, USA
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: 22 December, 2009
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.

I've had this one on my to-read list for quite some time, but had never gotten around to reading it until this week. To be honest, I didn't read it earlier because I thought it was going to be just like all the other paranormal fantasies out there. There was a time--in the beginning of the story--when I groaned, thinking I knew exactly where the book was going to end up. But I was so wrong! The plot kept me guessing throughout the story, and I didn't know where it was going, until it got there (I love that).

Of course, there are some cliches, such as characters who appear in the nick of time, and a love that seems to develop too quickly (even if the characters were childhood friends). But the overwhelming insight into friendship and familial relationships is satisfying. This is a story of loyalty, trust, and many different kinds of love.

The main character, Grace, did take a few chapters to grow on me, but I ended up liking her. She grew into herself throughout the book, and I began to respect her for some of the actions she took. The other characters provide interesting conflict in the story, allowing the tension to slowly build. I like that even though Grace's family seems to set the standard for their parish, they all have flaws as well. And though the Grace's father is a pastor, and there is talk of religion, it didn't feel preachy at all.

This is a great book for those interested paranormal fiction, or just starting out with werewolves (oh yeah--did I mention the werewolves?). It's light on the gore, but heavy on the feelings. I didn't mean to stay up all night reading (whoop's--it's 6am), but I got to a certain point in the book, and just kept rolling. It was that good.

Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you like your romances with a taste of the dark side.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Kissing, some talk of mutilated bodies (not in-depth), blood, assault, and underage drinking.}

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Other Books in the Series:
Book 2:  The Lost Saint  /  Book 3: The Savage Grace

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1 comment:

  1. I always loved the covers to this series, but never got around to reading it. I recently read one of Bree's latest books and didn't love it. I still want to try this series though and if it had you reading it practically straight through, then maybe I should. :)


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