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The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

I heard about this book from my friend, Jenni Elyse, who read this book last year. (You can read her review here.)

I love the cover– it’s beautiful and it gives a hint of ethereality that goes well with the story.

Here’s the blurb from Bree Despain’s site:

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.

Bree Despain has an incredible hook, right from the beginning.  Within the first few pages, you’re dying to know what happened between Jude and Daniel and why Grace’s attraction to Jude is so… forbidden.  (That sounds so ominously bad, but it’s the only word I could come up with.)

Anyway, Bree Despain is both a gifted storyteller and a skilled writer, so the book is easy to enjoy.   I was enthralled from the beginning and this is one of those books that I stayed up until 2 a.m. just to finish.

I have no self-control when it comes to books.

Grace is a wonderfully believable character.  She’s strong, and although she has her doubts about things, she doesn’t come off and whiny or annoying (like some other YA heroines can be).  She’s a realistic character torn between loyalty to her brother and her nearly uncontrollable curiosity to find out the truth about Daniel.

This is definitely one of the better YA paranormal fantasy romances I’ve read recently, and we all know that I’ve read a lot. 😉  It’s a teen book, but it doesn’t come off as incredibly angst-y.

Four and a half stars for being the best paranormal romance I’ve read recently.  I’m looking  forward to the sequel, The Lost Saint, which comes out later this year.

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  1. July 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Ha ha! I love your comment, “so… forbidden. (That sounds so ominously bad, but it’s the only word I could come up with.)” I understand what you mean. It’s so hard to come up with a word to describe her attraction without it sounding risque or something. I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

  2. July 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    totally adding this one to my “to-read” list. i’m never going to get through all these books 🙂

  1. August 24, 2010 at 11:24 pm

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