14 June, 2010

Book Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain


I purchased this book (ebook format)
Picture courtesy of Good Reads

Daniel Kalbi was many things to Grace Divine. Friend, pseudo-foster brother, maybe even first love. But, then he disappeared, and her brother Jude, barely survives a brutal attack. Do the two have anything in common? When Daniel reappears, Grace wants answers.

As the daughter of a pastor, Grace knows a little something about forgiveness. Even though Jude isn't quite as welcoming, Grace befriends Daniel for a second time. But, their reunion is destined to be disrupted by the outside world.

A monster stalks the citizens of Grace's town. Jude is clearly bothered by her friendship with Daniel, and grows more and more angry. And Daniel, claims to be something extraordinary. It might just be that Grace will have to risk betraying her brother, in order to have faith in her heart.

THE DARK DIVINE turned out to be something so different from what I expected. From the first page, I became completely immersed in Grace Divine's world. I loved her faith in Daniel, though I doubted that he deserved it (especially when she discovered his lies). I was invested in her search to figure out what had happened to her brother. I even felt sorry for her, when it became apparent that she might have to do the unthinkable to save Daniel.

Bree Despain is a very talented writer that made a paranormal read seem completely ordinary. A girl goes to high school during the day, then finds out her would-be boyfriend has special powers. Sure! The drive to the prom gets interrupted by a monster attack. No problem! A girl finds out that her father knew all along that she would have to be the one, in one fell swoop, to betray and save her first love. Why not?!

What most impressed me about THE DARK DIVINE, was the actual involvement of Grace's parents throughout the novel. I understand the reasoning behind most "bad parenting" written in YA novels. How are the MCs supposed to get up to shenanigans unless the parents are lousy, absent, or dead? Despain answers the question. Have parents that let the teen live their life, but step in when neccessary. A-Plus.

5/5 for plot
4/5 for characters
4/5 for language

My Rating: 13/15 Highly Recommend
Bonus Cover Points: 3.5/5


  1. Just wanted to stop in and say hi and thanks for donating Beautiful Darkness to the arc tour, I'm super excited to get the chance to read it!

  2. Sounds really good! Great review :)

  3. This has been on my to read list for a while :)

  4. Great review! I haven't really been interested in this book until I read your thoughts on it, so looks like I'll have to add it to my to-read list!

  5. Thanks so much for the review. I've had this book on my list for a while but didn't really see many reviews for it. :) I'll have to make sure I pick this one up!

  6. I love this book. Werewolves are really hitting the shelves with good books.
    Great review!

  7. Ive really been looking forward to reading this book, great review

  8. I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for your awesome review!

  9. Great review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I have really been wanting to pick this one up and think I need to do it soon.


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