Saturday, August 27, 2011

'The Dark Divine' Book Review

(Taken from Amazon)
Grade 9 Up—Grace Divine, a pastor's daughter, doesn't think she lives up to the name that her father tells her means "heavenly help." Her brother, Jude, a church volunteer whose faith seems unshakable, has always seemed to be the more "graceful" Divine. When his friend Daniel returns to town after a long and mysterious absence, Jude recognizes Grace's attraction to him but urges her to stay away with unusual vehemence. Against his advice, Grace begins a relationship with Daniel, whose reluctance to discuss his disappearance piques her curiosity. As she attempts to uncover the mystery of Daniel's past, Jude discourages her investigations with oblique references to an ancient evil and a transforming curse. The novel builds to a dramatic climax involving the surprise revelation of a Divine family secret and a violent confrontation that suggests a possible sequel. Despain's first novel mixes romance and the supernatural and offers true love as the ultimate defense against lycanthropes. This long novel is a slow starter, but as Grace discovers unexpected local connections to the mystery of Daniel's absence, the pace picks up and the suspense builds. Although not a novel of Christian fiction, the book's thematic investment in faith and sacrifice distinguishes it from traditional supernatural romances.

Title: The Dark Divine
Author: Bree Despain
Copyright Date:
Type of Book: Fiction
General Subject Matter: Young Adult
Pages: 400
ISBN: 978-1606840573
Price: $9.99 (new) or $2.77 (used from Amazon)

Short Book Review
I'm not really sure how I came across this book, but I've read a lot of paranormal vampire / werewolf book series including: The Twilight Saga (recommend), The Vampire Diaries (do not recommend books, but I like the TV show), and The Sookie Stackhouse Series (recommend). If your looking for something like Twilight, I'd say this is somewhat similar but this book is about werewolves, not vampires. As you can see I've read a few different series and have only really been disappointed with the Vampire Diaries book series. I tried not to get my hopes up with this book, as I did read some bad reviews and some good reviews. With that being said I lowered my expectations from the beginning. For some reason I haven't been able to put the book down. I will say that The Dark Divine is a very easy read, however it is quite predictable. Which sometimes isn't a bad thing to me, as that is why it makes it such an easy read.

Next in the book series
The Lost Saint - Already Released

The Savage Grace - December 2011

Per Author Bree Despain's blog, "The option rights were purchased last year by a production company in LA (same producers that did the X-Men movies), but where it goes from there is completely unknown and out of my hands. All we can do is hope the planets and stars align. Believe me. Nobody wants this more than I do."

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