Saturday, January 30, 2010

Review: The Dark Divine - Bree Despain

Summary from Bree Despain's site.

A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

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 blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel'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.


Originally, I was mostly curious about this book because evryone seemed so excited that it was coming out. The gorgeous cover also caught my attention, I love purple. Then I found out that Bree lives here & was having her Book Launch Party at The King's English. This new information bumped The Dark Divine up on my TBR. The Dark Divine was released on Dec 22nd 2009 & I was at The King's English to buy my copy early. Lucky for me, they had just unpacked it. 

I didn't know what to expect from this book. I devoured it. I loved the family dynamics of the Divine family. They kind of remind me of a family I grew up with. I loved how Grace tried to make the choices she thought were best for her family. The Divine family as very proper, I wish more families were like that. The hints placed in the story led you to the ending, but I hadn't quite guessed what was coming. I only disliked 2 of the characters, neither of which were main characters. I thought the old letters added a nice touch of history to the story as well.  Overall I loved the story. Luckily, there is a sequel.  


Book Crazy Jenn said...

<3 LOVED this book - your review is awesome and I am with you CANT wait for the 2nd book!

Melissa said...

Such a great review! Bree is immensely talented, and when I met her at the launch party, she was so enthralled by how deep her characters made her novel. I'm glad you loved it, too :)