Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Published: EgmontUSA (January 19, 2010)
Pages: 372
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1 of 3
Source: I purchased this book.
GoodReads 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 Thoughts: Okay, so let me just get this one out: I'm not yet over werewolves. I don't know if I ever will be. And The Dark Divine did nothing but stoke that blazing lycanthropic fire.

I've read a lot about the religious aspect of this book. Being a Christian, this didn't bother me whatsoever, though I can see how those who are not may be put off by the idea. I absolutely loved the fact that Despain did not make religious people out to be the bad guys, like I've read in other books. She portrayed the Divine family to be good-hearted, honest, hardworking, flawed human beings without a superiority complex. Additionally, I liked The Dark Divine because it wasn't preachy. The plot stayed focused on Grace and Daniel. I also loved the small-town feel of this book. I could perfectly picture the atmosphere: muddy, damp, and you'd better believe it was ripe for all sorts of supernatural happenings.

I kind of loved Daniel. I just love the tortured souls, I cannot help it. This dude well all out, too. The black hair, the paleness, the hermit-y tendencies with DARK SECRETS. He just reeked of emo. I can't hate on Grace, either. With a name like Grace Divine, you would think that this girl would have her share of problems with mockery & what not. She held her own like a G and YOU KNOW she had to stick her nose in all the wrong places.

I read this book in one sitting. COULD. NOT. PUT. DOWN. I'm hesitant to read The Lost Saint right away because I know the wait for The Savage Grace will not be a fun one. Buuuut let's be honest: I'm probably going to pick it up tonight.


  1. i've only recently starting hearing of these books but everything i've heard has been stellar. i'm totally curious about the religious aspect of this book and would love it if you'd share that with me. i do love the books that tie-in religion, whether it is the same as mine or not because i'm discerning enough in my own faith. because everything else aside, i'd grab the book based on your second paragraph alone. very mysterious. ;)

  2. Sometimes I think I am over werewolves and vampires too! But then an interesting book with an interesting synopsis comes along and I am sucked right back in!

    I'm really glad The Dark Divine was a read-in-a-single-setting book for you! It was basically the same for me.


  3. I love this series! I can't wait for The Savage Grace.

  4. held her own like a G BIG TIME. Seriously so true.

    I'm a not big on the wolfies but this book did an excellent job in bringing back any love that has been long gone since the days where Jake Black pranced around in all his yumminess.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  5. I super loved this one - I haven't read the 2nd one yet, but I think I may need to one of these days.

  6. Haven't read any of this series yet b/c I'm kinda over the whole paranormal thing right now, but I have heard good things about this one, and if you loved it so much, I will have to add it to the legit tbr (as opposed to that GIANT thing I will never to able to finish)

  7. oh noooooo! I loathed this book with a fiery passion :(

  8. I stare at this book whenever I'm in a book store, but I haven't bought it yet. Your review has convinced me to get it the next time I see it. I still haven't gotten over werewolves either, lol.