Monday, 28 December 2009

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

From Amazon: 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, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes...

I read The Dark Divine without knowing anything about the story, the characters, or what I was in store for. All I'd read was the description on the inside cover and, just like the first half of the book, it gave nothing away. I was intrigued to say the least.

The first half of the book sets things up nicely, and introduces us to Grace Divine, her overly perfect brother Jude, and the mysterious Daniel Kalbi. I instantly warmed to the Divine family, and loved the way they supported and bounced off one another. Grace is a great female lead, and has a strong sense of loyalty and independence that I find many YA characters lacking. Daniel has to be one of the most frustrating bad boys I've come across -- I just couldn't figure him out. I knew there was something off about him, but could I guess what? No, I couldn't, and I think that more than added to my enjoyment of the book. It was almost like every page had the ability to uncover a new secret, and I couldn't wait to find out what it was.

I'm not going to even mention what the sinister secret is, as it's definitely something you need to discover at the same time as Grace. I'll just say that I think it's brilliant, and the mythology and lore crafted into the legend is fascinating, and different to anything I've read previously. If you let the story unfold as it should, I think you'll be just as surprised as I was when I finally found out what was going on. Stay away from spoilers, you won't regret it.

The Dark Divine is a compelling, addictive debut, and I absolutely loved it. All the time I was reading it, and even when writing this review, I was excited, and I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. It effortlessly stands out in the sea of supernatural YA fiction, and Bree Despain should be very proud of herself. Now, where can I find me a Daniel...?

16 comments:

LovesSam said...

Book Lust Overload....wah!!!!!!! *shouts* Amazon, get thee gone to the warehouse and despatch my book, right now!!

The Book Bug said...

I.NEED.THIS.BOOK.LIKE.RIGHT.NOW.

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Sounds fantastic! I'm hoping to get my copy in soon, can't wait to read it :)

Dannie said...

I can't wait to get my copy *bounces in anticipation*

I Want To Read That said...

I can't wait to read this one - really glad you enjoyed it:)

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Wow, 5 stars! Great review, this really made me want to read this book even more :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

With a review like that, I'm so getting myself a copy!

Adults Love YA Books Too said...

I love the sound of this. I keep looking out for it in Waterstones (and Borders, waaaah!) but they never have it. One for the Amazon order now I think!

Becky said...

Five stars! Fantastic. This just made it on to my must read list. Yay!

Rhiannon Hart said...

WANT. I doubt it's going to be released here though. Unfair.

Book Snob said...

I want to read this book so bad. I've only heard good things about it. Great review!

NotNessie said...

The premise of this book didn't really appeal to me, but the reviews are so good... I'm torn.

Book Monster said...

I, so far, really like this book. I feel it sometimes hard to feel what the characters are actually feeling, but that it is pretty good. Grace is a bit easily fooled (or that what I think so far, from where I am).
Anyways great review :)

The Book Owl said...

Wonderful review, but oi, I'm not sure what to do! I've heard great things, but then I came across a completely convincing negative review. I have such mixed feelings. Luckily, I'm on a blog tour for it, so I'll be able to find out for myself if I like it or not. :)

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Great review! Now I know that I must absolutely read this one!

Anonymous said...

Hey, this cover is the same that we have here in Brazil from The Mediator by Meg Cabot I think that the title in English is Haunted...

here is the link.
http://www.livrariasaraiva.com.br/produto/201283/assombrado-serie-a-mediadora/?ID=BD1383687DA0715093A3A0229