Monday, April 30, 2012

The Dark Divine (Bree Despain)

Title: The Dark Divine
Author: Bree Despain
Publisher: Egmont USA
Length: 372 pages
Rating: 3.5/5

Daniel Kalbi is back in town, and the pastor’s daughter, Grace Divine, is told to stay away from the boy who was once like a brother to her. But Grace is determined to find out what caused Daniel’s disappearance, and to make it right for her brother who was scared by the mysterious incident. But her growing attraction to Daniel estranges her from her brother, and her love for both of them may not be enough to save them from Daniel’s deadly secret.

This cover is beautiful…but I have no idea what it has to do with the book.

Grace is the pastor’s daughter. Could be boring and perfect, but we like her. She’s a good person and has a lot to live up to with the name Grace Divine. But she’s also bossy, spunky, and she learns to be more rebellious through the novel. Yes, there are a lot of biblical undertones- think story of the prodigal son- and there are mythological undertones as well. The biblical parts were woven in much more neatly than the author-created mythology, which was just a little too convenient for the story.

Daniel is a bad boy. We like bad boys, especially ones who have a soft side and a history with our heroine. Grace tries to make Daniel a hero, but history has a way of coming back and biting characters, and as it resurfaces through flashbacks, we learn that things are more complicated than Grace realizes. It’s quite the twisted road. 

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