Monday, November 16, 2009

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain.
Publisher: EgmontUSA.
Pages: 375.
Release date: December 22.
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.

Um, so how do I put this eloquently? How about … holy crap?

The Dark Divine was, without a doubt, one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was dark, romantic, edgy and fantastically written. It had me wrapped up in a bubble for the two days that I spent reading it.

Everything flowed together so wonderfully. Bree’s writing never strayed from the story, nor did it become completely stiff. It’s as if we literally pulled up a chair and sat down in Grace’s head and watched as the story unfolded before her eyes. I laughed, I cried, I swooned and screamed angry obscenities at the respective characters. But mostly I swooned- because Daniel is such a fictional heartthrob. I was basically a big ball of emotions, and I always appreciate stories that can pull on my heartstrings like that.

What I wasn’t expecting was the paranormal topic of the story. I won’t elaborate on that, because it’s much more enjoyable to uncover the secret for yourself. But the book blurb only gives us a glimpse into the mood of the story. I had absolutely no idea, nor had I predicted, that this story was actually going to be about _______. I would’ve been just as interest if I had known this beforehand, but finding out as you read along is a lot more fun.

There were quite a few cheesy moments towards the end, but they didn’t take anything away from the story. Daniel and Grace’s relationship calls for major cheese.

I was sad to see it end, but I feel better knowing that Bree is already working on the sequel. Overall- if I didn’t already get my point across- I was completely enthralled with this story. It was full of mind-blowing suspense, betrayal and love. A love-filled relationship that will have girls wanting a Daniel Kalbi of their very own.

Pre-order it, put it at the top of your Christmas list, or race to the nearest book store to get your copy on December 22!

(I want to thank Bree for sending me the first ARC I've ever received. It means a lot to me. Thank you so much!)


  1. Wow, awesome review! Makes me really, really want to read this!

  2. Great review! I'm excited to read this now.

  3. Aaaaah! This makes me want to read it so bad!!!

  4. Wonderful review. I really can't wait for this one, sounds fantastic, I love books that pull on my heart strings too.

  5. Thank you so much for the fantastic review. I am so glad you enjoyed TDD!

  6. Yeah, I love hearing great reviews on books I really really want to read. I cant wait until I get my hands on a copy!!!

  7. Great review - I am so looking forward to this - I read the first chapter online and was completely hooked:)

  8. Great review! Now I'm even more dying to read this than I was before!!

  9. I love the cover! And the book sounds great! Thanks for your review, it makes me want to read it more. That's awesome she sent you an ARC! It really feels great to receive one from the author (my first and only ARC was Stargazer by Claudia Gray, and it also meant a lot to me haha!)

  10. I'm really interested to find out about ____ (paranormal aspect?) of the story. I'm glad it wasn't revealed in the summary, being in the dark will be fun! Thanks for the review, it makes me even more excited! <30 days to go!