Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Review of The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Last week, I finished reading this much-buzzed about debut, and I was not disappointed.

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Description 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.

My Thoughts:
What a fantastic debut! First of all, kudos to the cover designer. Incredible. I'll admit, that was the first thing that caught my attention about this book when I first spotted it in the Goodreads Giveaways.
Well done Despain! The writing pulls you in, the characters are fully developed, the mythology and religion are perfectly incorporated. This is one interesting story.
Daniel is exactly the bad boy every girl loves to be attracted to - the way he is introduced to the story... well, you just have to read it for yourself. Grace, the main character, is completely believable. The reader really sympathizes with the decisions she's faced with - should she side with her brother, or her love? Who can she believe? Why is her father, a much-loved pastor and aid to the community, acting so strangely? Half the time, the reader doesn't even know what to believe or who to trust, and that kept me turning the pages pretty quickly.

I did not see the twist toward the end coming. At all. Didn't suspect it one bit. And I love a book that can surprise. It's clean, it's exciting, it's heart-pounding and sweetly romantic at times.

I think The Dark Divine is a stand-out in it's paranormal young adult category, and I highly recommend it for anyone who's thinking about adding it to their list.

5/5 - Amazing


  1. Great review, I loved this one too :)

  2. I just got this in the mail! I can't wait to dig in! Thanks for the great review!

  3. I can't believe I haven't read this yet. I'm so lame.

  4. I agree, the cover is amazing. This is definitley on my list to get.

  5. I'm definitely putting this on my list Kristin! Thanks for the review!

    And I left you a goody at my blog today!

  6. I skipped over much of your review because I'm reading this right now. So far (about halfway through) I'm really enjoying it. It sure picks up! :-)

  7. Great review, Kristin. I'm excited to have another debut author title to add to my to-read list. If you know any other you recommend, I'd love to hear!

  8. I just bought this book, and it looks amazing! Can't wait to read it :) Glad to see that you liked it.

  9. I love the review, Kristin. I've been wanting to read this book... forever now. Now... I must go get it! ; )

  10. I loved this book, too! Awesome review.