The Dark Divine
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.
- Paperback | 372 pages
- 130 x 201 x 28mm | 340g
- 23 Nov 2010
- Carolrhoda Lab (R)
- Minneapolis, United Kingdom
"With its eye-catching cover (pale, slender legs with purple toenails entwine with purple chiffon on a black background), intriguing title, and the hook of werewolves in love, comparisons to Meyer's Twilight series are inevitable. However, Despain roots her story firmly in the faith of her protagonist's family. Sixteen year-old Grace Divine is a pastor's daughter and has heard every joke possible about her name. But her family practices what her father preaches: community, caring, and forgiveness, including taking in a neighbor's abused child and raising him as their own. That boy, Daniel, and Grace fall in love, and when Daniel reveals that he is a werewolf, Pastor Divine searches for remedies while trying to keep his family safe. Though the romantic passages are predictable and characterization sometimes weak, Despain raises complex issues of responsibility and forgiveness and offers no easy answers. Atmospheric and compelling, Despain's first novel will be popular, and a sequel eagerly anticipated." --Booklist
About Bree Despain
Bree Despain rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo. You can visit her online at www.breedespain.com."
Our customer reviews
The story of THE DARK DIVINE is based on past happenings between protagonist Grace, her brother, Jude, and their friend Daniel. Only after a few pages we meet Daniel, who has definitely changed since Grace has seen him the last time. I really like that Grace has to discover a completely different Daniel. He's got a bad boy flair and at the same time is still caring and very vulnerable, just like I like my fantasy male protagonists. THE DARK DIVINE has nothing like a love triangle, the story is more about former versus present relationship between the three teenagers and the hostility between Jude and Daniel. And at one point Grace can't avoid choosing one side over the other anymore. When it comes to exploring the past, Despain involves letters to provide Grace and the reader with hints to solve the mystery behind the incidents happening in this small town. These letters were totally slowing down my reading pace, not only because they were written in a horribly curly font, but beause their content was not necessary to solve the "mystery". I was worried that I wouldn't like Grace's family or Grace because I always associated her being a pastor's daughter with the image of an always-behaving and a prude little girl, but this female protagonist is religious and rocks! Each chapter or paragraph is provided with a short info about time and setting so one can follow the story and characters easily. The story flows well, especially the end was really exciting. You have to expect several surprises! The paranormal elements were expected, but really fitting. THE VERDICT Grace and Daniel convince with their belief in love. Bitter and sweet moments intermingle in times of war between the dark and divine.show moreby MissPageTurner
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain is probably the best Young-Adult Paranormal Romance involving werewolves out there! The moment I laid eyes on this beautiful cover, I knew me and The Dark Divine were going to get along. The characters were wonderful, each with their own distinct personalities. And when their personalities collided, they created emotions and scenes that were heat and fire and imagination! The plot was strong and ravenous, leading me down a path that was full of werewolves, romance, and danger! Bree Despain's writing style was swift and flowing, entrapping me from the very first page! Grace and Daniel's relationship was both sweet and passionate, both dangerous and cautious, and completely and utterly addictive. I loved how they already knew each other. It made getting to know Daniel that much more fun. We got to see sides to him that most male love interests don't have, because the lead is too busy getting to know him. Grace already knew Daniel, so we jumped head first into their relationship. I also loved Grace's relationship with her parents. Grace is a good girl, raised with a very loving and religious family, so seeing her react to Daniel was interesting. Now, for the wolfish aspects. It's always interesting to see how an author creates their werewolves. In this book, they're tied so closely to religion and God that I couldn't see where the evil began and the good ended! It was a refreshing take, and I appreciated the originality. These werewolves were capable of so much bad, but they were created for good, and at the same time they couldn't win. They couldn't have family, without tainting them. They couldn't act human, because they weren't. And the one person that could cure them, also had to kill them. Love was a dangerous thing in The Dark Divine, and I wanted to experience every single second of it! Overall, The Dark Divine was a fantastic take on werewolves in the Young-Adult genre, with action, the ultimate forbidden romance, lies, and a love interest that took my breath away. I fell in love with Daniel Kalbi, and I know you will too! The ending leaves you begging for more! I would absolutely recommended this!show moreby Reading For Fun