Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine #1) by Bree Despain


The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine, #1)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
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.


The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars


The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Grace Divine is shocked when she sees a boy called Daniel in her art class – a boy that she hasn’t seen since he disappeared years ago.
For some reason Grace’s family won’t talk about Daniel, even though he was once like a member of the family, and her brother Jude insists that he is dead to him.
Grace has always loved Daniel though, and she can’t stay away from him, especially when it seems like he might return her feelings.
What happened the night that Daniel disappeared? Why is her family so against him? And what will it take for him to be accepted again?


This was an interesting YA paranormal story, but the pace was a bit slow.

I liked Grace, and I had to laugh at the fact that her name was ‘Grace Divine’! She really did spend a lot of time caring for people though, and it was obvious that she would give up time to help other people whenever she could. I also really liked the way she tried to help Daniel, even to the point of making her mother look like a total hypocrite!

I liked the storyline in this book, but the pacing was way off. This was one of those books that felt twice as long as it actually was, and it really dragged. Every time information was dangled in front of our noses and then whipped away again I felt like screaming ‘Tell Me Already!’, but it seemed to take a long, long time to get answers!
I did like the romance in this, and there were some really sweet moments between Grace and Daniel. I really did think that Daniel was putting a hell of a lot of faith in the fact that Grace loved him at one point though!
The ending was okay, and there were a few twists in this that I didn’t see coming. We were left with a couple of cliff-hangers, and I’m interested to see where the next book goes, but I really hope that the pace isn’t quite so slow in the next one!
Overall; good YA paranormal romance,
7.5 out of 10.


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