Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Book Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (December 22, 2009)

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.
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The Dark Divine is definitely an interesting read. I don't think I have read anything quite like it before. There is a paranormal element to it but that doesn't really come across as the focus of the story. The characters and the struggle of forgiveness as well as the battle of good and evil within us is what I perceived it to be about. At first I was worried that it would get a little too preachy due to the religious aspects, however this was never a problem. The message in this book is universal. No matter what your beliefs are, it is a story anyone can identify with and enjoy.

5/5

CymLowell

1 comment:

Morgan said...

I loved this book,too and am so glad you enjoyed it so much (you even gave it a 5!). I can't wait for the sequel. Great review.