by Bree Despain
The Short Story
Grace is a pastor's daughter who tries to live up to her name and family reputation. As a kid she harbored a crush for her brother Jude's friend, Daniel. Then one day Daniel disappeared and Jude came home covered in blood. Years later no one will tell Grace what happened that night. When Daniel shows back up Grace goes looking for answers. An interesting start that ultimately clunked with its anvil-sized hints and cliches.
Come for the...
mysterious loner dude (as they say at Forever Young Adult). I don't really get the appeal of bad boys as love interests, but I do think they make for interesting characters. Daniel steals the show in a book where everyone else feels a little flat and stereotypical. Unfortunately he doesn't keep it up for the whole story, but I enjoyed his character quite a bit for the first half of the book.
The Dark Divine is a quick read that kept me up much later than I was planning on. Even when I figured out the mystery I was interested to see where Despain would go with it. If you liked Twilight/Shiver/etc. I expect this will be a fun read for you.
Stay for the
cover; the completely appropriate title; the name Jude, which I've always liked; the sequel, The Lost Saint
Why this wasn't a "Read This"
- A lot of the story centers around the mystery of what happened with Daniel, and I thought it was too easy to figure out. I'm always frustrated when I figure out the big reveal about half-way through the book. I won't say more for fear of being spoilery, but I didn't think the writing was subtle enough to give the effect the author seemed to be going for.
- I had a hard time relating to Grace. I know she wanted to do the kind, charitable thing and give people the benefit of the doubt, but... Some of her actions were pretty dangerous and not smart. I couldn't understand why she wouldn't push people for answers, either.
- I felt like I had read this before, and more in a "book twins" than a book brothers kind of way. It was very Twilight/Shiver/character with paranormal problem to me. And that may be because I've only read the first book. Maybe the sequel starts to go its own way?
The Big Three
Language: a couple of swear words
Sex and Stuff: some kissing
Violence: fighting and a couple of stabbings, but nothing graphic
Want a second opinion? Check out Jennie Elyse's 5 star review of The Dark Divine.