Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Written by Ari at 8:58 AM
Do You Agree? 
The Dark Divine
Pages: 384
Pub Date: December 22, 2009
Author Website/Blog:
Synopsis: 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.

This book was extremely complicated, but also completely heartwarming and tearjerking. While combining a love story with a mystery, Bree Despain has shown a incredible story. This book was so incredibly sad. There were horrifying moments were I was just in complete and utter awe. The whole book Grace is trying to convince herself of what Jude is telling her. Grace doesnt even notice how everything completely falls apart for her once normal life when her best friend April starts to date her brother. But that is also when she begins to become closer with Daniel. I frankly didnt like April. I felt like burying her alive because frankly I found her selfish and stupid. If she hadnt been so selfish nothing bad would have happened at the end. If she hadnt been so stupid a lot of things wouldnt have happened. Granted thats saying a lot of her selfishness and stupidy created some of the story. But still I have all rights to hate her. And then that Pete guy. Definiteley didnt like him. But then Don, he was such a sweetheart. Granted he was big and scary and what happens to him at the end is depressing but still I couldnt help but love him. And then of course Daniel. Daniel truly is a cocky guy that everyone would love. Grace is one of few heroines Ive read about in books like this that truly have a backbone. I have a little note for the characters of Twilight. Edward rip out your fangs because the vamps are going out of business and make way for Werewolves. Bella, move your pale butt to the other side of the earth because Grace is our new favorite heroine who can take care of herself. If this book becomes the next Twilight then finally people are getting things right. This book was incredible.


Book Crazy Jenn said...

Great review! Awesome book! :)

Ari said...

Thanks :)

Kim said...

Awesome review! I will have to look into it! By the way, is this your own personal blog, Teens Actually Read?

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