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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Book Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pages: 384
Received From: Store Bought

Summary: 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.

My Review: The Dark Divine was a suspenseful, intriguing supernatural debut from Bree. At first, I didn't know what to expect because everything was so mysterious. But, once I reached the middle of the book I quickly became engulfed in the story. The characters were okay to me, I lacked a connection with Grace, maybe it was because we're so different. However, I believe Daniel made the novel. I absolutely adored him from the beginning and was rooting for his blossoming attraction to Grace. The twist presented halfway through the book didn't really surprise me. After reading so many supernatural stories I got the gist of the secret Daniel was keeping before he unveiled it. But, I did enjoy Bree's writing, it was face-paced and well-written. Also, their is a part close to the end that takes place on the school roof that I really loved. I'm not giving too much away but those of you who read it know how action packed that scene was. I'm not sure if Bree will write a sequel because the last paragraph at the end left me wondering. I still am curious to see the outcome of some characters so I hope Bree continues the story! Overall, a good, decent read with enough action and suspense to hold your attention. I definitely recommend it to supernatural fans.

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Author's Info:
Bree Despain rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah,with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo. This is her first novel.



For more info on Bree, visit her site(s):

Website: http://www.breedespain.com
Blog: http://breebiesingerdespain.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/breedespain

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15 comments:

Kelsey said...

Great review!!! 4.5 out of 5 stars- awesome! I need to move this up in my TBR pile ;)

Adriana said...

Great review! The Dark Divine was really good. I really hope there is a sequel because I want to know more about what ends up happening to Jude.

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

Yes there is going to be a second book :0)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review. I have this one waiting for me :)

Nicole said...

Can't wait to read this! Awesome review!

Christina T said...

I can't wait to read this book. The cover is just beautiful and I'm glad to hear that the story is also good. Thanks for sharing your review!

Elie said...

Great review. I did not know going in what the paranormal twist was, so this was a fun read for me. I am glad you liked it. I wonder what we can expect from Bree in the future.

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

This sounds like a fun, suspenseful read. Thanks for the terrific review!

Kailia Sage said...

Great review! I can't wait till I get this one!

GMR said...

It's interesting to me that a supporting character (well, okay, maybe not supporting, but not the MAIN one at least) made the book for you. *ponders* Sounds to me that it is well written if the "cast" can connect with you that well. It's already on my wish list, but thanks for the additional insight! Happy reading!

slommler said...

Very good review! Sounds like this would be a good read!
Hugs
SueAnn

Girl on a Mission said...

Great review! It's a little disappointing when you figure out the big reveal before its revealed but I'm glad you liked it anyway :)

Bere said...

Great review Eleni!
I can' wait to read this one! =)

A Life Bound By Books said...

Great review and I have to say I agree with everything you said. This book was great - Loved it! Looking foward to seeing where Bree takes us next in the sequel.

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Yes! Daniel totally made the book for me as well! I loved him :-)

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