Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Pub. Date: December 22, 2009
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: Hardcover, 384pp
Age Range: Young Adult

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.

Bree Despain weaves a mysterious tale around surprisingly impressive folklore to tell a captivating and spellbinding tale of Love, Danger & Forgiveness. I was thoroughly engrossed after the introduction of Daniel. There’s something so mysterious about him that just draws you in and dares you to uncover his secrets.

I didn’t know what to expect about that fateful night that left Jude and Daniel’s friendship destroyed. But let me tell you as the pages turned and the events unfolded, I was shocked and surprised because I was thinking something totally different about the mysteries surrounding Daniel. So, I can’t go into any more details without being too spoilery. You’ll have to find out for yourself.

I love all the characters in this book and that’s a feat considering it’s hard to find a book where you enjoyed reading about all of the characters. Grace is a pastor’s daughter and you know what they say about the pastor’s kids…. Anyway, I love the chemistry between Grace and Daniel and the immediate dangers that tied into their relationship and the fact that it kept me up late at night to finish the book.

Despain presented quite a few unexpected twists and turns in The Dark Divine that will have readers begging for more by the end of the book. So to say the least this was a DIVINE read indeed!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

46 comments:

Thao said...

This book sounds like it has everything I crave from a paranormal one. Thanks for the review.

Ladybug said...

Great review! I cannot wait to get my copy from Amazon, I have yet to see one bad review from those who have been lucky enough to get an early copy =D

NotNessie said...

I'm a little burnt out on paranormals, but this sounds tempting. Great review.

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

I totally agree, I loved this book! Can't wait to own a hardcopy! It was beautiful!

melissa @ 1lbr said...

Oh, how I wish to have this book! I didn't get the requested ARC, but I am hoping to get my own copy.

fredamans said...

Good review!

elaing8 said...

great review.I can't wait to read it.

Nickles said...

ooh this book sounds mysterious and full of twists; can't wait to read it

Donna Gambale said...

I was lucky enough to read TDD too, and you did a great review! I really enjoyed it, and I'm always curious to see what other people thought of it, the response has been so positive!

Chelsea B. said...

I'm glad it was just as good as I'd imagined it would be! I can't wait to read it!

Emma Michaels said...

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Valerie said...

I'm so excited to read this book that I'm afraid of being spoiled and so I'm only reading your rating, which I'm very excited to see is 4.5 out of 5. Can't wait to read this!

Elie said...

Great review. This is on my most wanted list!

Stacy said...

I have read the first chapter of this book and it DOES suck you in! I can't wait to read the rest and I am excited that there are twists in the plot! YAY!

The Book Vixen said...

I've been hearing great things about TDD. I can't wait to read about all the twists and turns. I love a good romance/mystery!

brizmus said...

Yay! A book that shocks and surprises and isn't what you expect it to be! I totally need to read this!

Tina said...

I agree that it's hard to find a book where you enjoy ever character. So when you do, you should snag it up. Now I'm definitely interested.

Eugene said...

I'm definitely interested in checking this one out, especially after your enticing review!

pepsivanilla said...

4 1/2 stars, woohoo! This definitely sounds unique and awesome :)

jacabur1 said...

A new book for me to check out, thanks for a wonderful non spoiler review.



Jackie B Central Texas

Emily said...

I cannot wait to read this book! Your review just reignited my anticipation!

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

Great review. I'm really looking forward to this one and your 4.5 rating makes me want to read it even more.

Jen said...

This books really looks like a great one, and your review just makes me want to read it more. =3

Bwyatt said...

I love to hear the thoughts of others before a book comes out. It really raises the suspense. I really can't wait for this book either. So excited.

nicoliolipoli said...

Grace is sucha pretty name:)
I wish to totally read this soon!

Readingaddict said...

Wow that sounds so cool! I can't wait for it to come out. I like hearing what others think of it before it even comes out- it makes me anxious to get my hands on a copy!

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Roxy said...

I love this cover!

Annie said...

Great sinopsis + Great review + Great cover = Definetly going to my wishlist!!

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Well, looks like this is going to move up in my TBR pile. Great review - thanks for sharing!

molly said...

This book has been on my list for a while now and I can't wait to read it!
great review!
I'm a pastor's kid...so it'll be interesting to read about a fictional one! =]

Princess Allie said...

After this review I really want to read this book!

Jessy said...

I can't wait to read this. It's been on the top of my TBR pile forever.

justpeachy36 said...

I am just getting interested in the paranormal and urban fantasy genre and this looks like a great book. Awesome review.

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Jenny N. said...

I'm going to get myself a copy of this book for sure. It sounds very good.

J. Lee said...

Really can't wait

Sandy Shin said...

This is a great review! The book sounds very interesting, and the cover is very pretty.

Emma said...

Awesome review! I need this novel. :D

Aik said...

Nice review! I'm going to get this book!

donnas said...

Great review. It sounds so good.

InABox said...

This sounds like a well-done, complex paranormal story. I hope it lives up to all I've read about it!

Mandy said...

I cant wait to read this. Great review =)

Trini said...

I couldn't agree with you more. This book was fantastic. I can't wait for the sequel.

Katy said...

This sounds great! Good review! :)

~The Book Pixie said...

Awww, now I really really want to read it. Sounds absolutely amazing and your right, it is hard to find books where all the characters are lovable. Thanks for the review.

~Briana

 

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