Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

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's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.

The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy'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.


Why do book covers have to be so misleading?

While I'm sure some people will eat The Dark Divine over and over, I would eat it once and vomit it back up. I'm not sure what is was for me that made me dislike the book: the writing style which was an awkward inbetween of past and presence, the boring MC whose name (Grace) takes on a whole new meaning, or the extremely predictable plot line.

For me, the best thing The Dark Divine had going for it was that once you got past the writing style, the book flowed generally well. And I say generally loosly.

I'm sure it would have gone by quicker if the plot had gone by quicker.

While the rest of us have picked up on the big surprise not even a hundred pages in, it takes Grace an extra hundred odd pages to discover--be told, actually--the big secret. After the history lesson the plot seemed to slacken now that the big mystery was solved. From there on in it was about avoiding Daniel and doing a "Bella Swan" as she spent days in bed for something that doesn't include her, nor was it her fault.

Other than that little thing, Grace was a rather alright MC to read. Although I think she could have used a bit more work in her reactions in some places, she wasn't too bad. Daniel... he was alright. In my opinion, Jude was the character that grew the most, and even then I think he could have grown some more.

Also, the book was extremely hard to read. I'm talking about formatting here. The writing was bold and when other fonts were used I spent a very long time trying to figure out each indiviual word.

It was alright. Not the best book, and not something I would re-read or jump up and down for the sequel for. But it was alright.

Rating: 1 star
Date Read: December 2010
Date Published: December 22nd 2009
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Source: Borrowed
Format: Paperback
Series/Stand Alone: Dark Divine #1


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