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The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

July 31st, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Description: A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

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 blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel’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.

Wow, this book was great.  Once I started it I couldn’t put it down until I was finished.

I first saw the gorgeous cover at Book Reviews By Jess’s blog and then I read the first chapter at Bree Despain’s website.  I was hooked and then got lucky enough to win an ARC from Bree Despain!

I don’t want to ruin the mystery behind what happened between Daniel and Jude but it was a great twist.  You start to get inklings of the deep, dark secret until the full truth is slowly revealed.  I loved the chemistry between Daniel and Grace and could not help feeling sorry for Jude.  You could practically taste the agony he was in seeing Daniel return and that Grace might actually choose him over her own brother.  The best part of this book is it wrapped up nicely and leaves an opening for a sequel without leaving you totally hanging.  I would have to say this is an amazing debut book from Bree Despain!

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

7 Responses

  1. Sarah Lim

    Ooh! You’re so lucky to have grabbed an ARC! I can’t wait for this book to come out.
    Great review! Thanks for not giving out any spoilers. It’s gotten me more excited for the release!

    Sarah :)

  2. Bree Despain

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I am so happy that you loved the book. And special thanks for not giving any spoilers :)

  3. dsuzuki

    Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. It was hard to do the book justice without giving away too much. :)

  4. kay

    Wow, that sounds like an amazing read! It’s the first review I see for this book but it definitely feels liek the kind of read I would enjoy.

  5. Lorie Shewbridge

    I cannot wait to read this… you have made it sound soooooo good and the cover is amazing. Thanks for writing such an awesome review!

  6. Michelle

    I’m particularly excited for this book. It has just that right mix of suspense/thriller and emotion that I adore in a story. It sounds phenomenal, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and read it.

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