Title: The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine #1)
Author: Bree Despain
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Grace Divine--daughter of the local pastor--always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.Now that Daniel’s returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul.
The Dark Divine is one of those books that I had been hearing about but I hadn’t actually taken the time to read it. Now that I’ve read it, I can see why so many people were raving about it and I have to say that I would agree with all of it.
Grace never really understood what happened on the night that Daniel disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood. From that day on, no one talked about that night and Daniel’s name was never mentioned again. Except that now, Daniel is back in town and Grace finds herself drawn to him, despite everyone’s warnings that he is dangerous and she should stay away from him. As Grace gets closer and closer to Daniel, strange things start happening. Some things about Daniel just don’t seem to add up and Jude’s behavior seems to be changing drastically. Will Grace be able to figure out everything that’s going on around her?
To be honest, it took me a while to get into the book and got to thinking that maybe it wasn’t for me. But then something happened and I had trouble putting the book down, the story sort of crept up on me and all of a sudden I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I had a few pages before. Bree Despain wrote a captivating story that kept me guessing for the longest time. I’ll be honest and say that it really took me a while to figure it all out and understand who was what and even who was the bad guy and who was the good guy.
As far as the characters are concerned, I liked Grace and seeing her grow and develop. While there were some parts of her I had more trouble understanding there were others that I could completely relate to. At first I really liked Jude and wasn’t sure what to make of Daniel. But then as the story moved forward, my opinion of the two changed. I found myself liking Daniel more and more and liking Jude less and less. Though by the end of the book I could understand why Jude was acting the way he was, I still liked Daniel better, if only for the way he was with Grace.
Overall, The Dark Divine is a book I greatly enjoyed and regret not having picked it up sooner. Bree Despain wrote a great story that I look forward to continue reading in The Lost Saint.