Thursday January 7, 2010
The Dark Divine
by Bree Despain
Released December 22, 2010
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.
Okay, no beating around the bush....I straight up loved this book! Its the paranormal romance we love with a unique story line that will keep you turning the pages (see my post from yesterday, I could not put this book down!)
The author does a great job of twisting the paranormal with reality. Siblings Grace and Jude while seemingly close to perfect to their neighbors and peers (they are the children of the local pastor) are dealing with issues and feelings we all have. Mysterious Daniel comes from an abusive and troubled home, having to grow up faster than any kid should have to while living on the streets in a desperate effort to avoid going back into foster care.
I've said this before but anytime an author can throw in a twist that surprises me, I love it! There are a few twists and turns that will probably surprise you!
Great writing and a unique storyline will definitely make this book a hit with any paranormal or fantasy lover. The ending leaves a few options open for a sequel so I'll be crossing my fingers that we still have more to learn about Grace and Daniel!
Appropriate for 7th grade and up!