The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Released Date: December 22, 2009
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 375 (Paperback)
Trilogy: The Dark Divine #1
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: Borrowed (Thanks MJ!)
A Prodigal Son
A Dangerous Love
A Deadly Secret
Grace Divine—daughter of the local pastor—always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.
Now that Daniel’s returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul.
Dark, intense and immensely poignant.
I simply love The Dark Divine. I’ve always wanted to read this one and it did not disappoint, actually, the book gave me more than what I’ve expected.
Bree Despain’s writing was very infectious and just amazing. I adore her on how she incredibly blended religion with paranormal and comes up with this astonishing book.
I felt so emotionally invested with characters. I thought they’re all believable and brilliantly characterized. Grace is a wonderful and lovely protagonist. I can somehow relate to Grace and her family because I kind of grew up in the same household that she does. Daniel, on the other hand, is not your typical “sexy slash mysterious bad boy”. He’s got substance and has a strong personality. Actually, I liked him more than Grace and I believe he’s the reason why I entirely love the story. I also enjoyed Jude. I think he’s a certain spice to the story because of his own mysterious character.
I heartily enjoy the twists and surprises thrown here and there along with the amusing ticks, gripping action and, of course, romantic moments (which caused me to have a giggle fit).
I was deeply engrossed in every single page of the book; this is one of the books that I read slowly and savor each word and the emotions inside it. And yes, I admit that I got teary eyed on some moments just because the book really got into me. And I love books that can cause something like that to me.
Overall, The Dark Divine truly captivated me in ways I never expected. I’m looking forward into reading the second book in the trilogy, The Lost Saint. I recommend this to those who wants to read a refreshing twist and turn to paranormal genre.