Review: The Dark Divine

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. –From Goodreads

I have been hearing a lot of hype about Bree Despain’s The Dark Divine recently, and while I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, I was drawn in by how gorgeous this book appears. As I read the book, I found myself page after page with more questions than answers. I was intrigued by Grace and Daniel’s relationship, and couldn’t help but wonder what Despain wasn’t telling us. The back and forth between these characters had me growing a little weary in the middle, but I’m glad that I stuck it out. The Dark Divine delivered with a shocking ending that made the suspense throughout the rest of the novel worthwhile.

This is a wonderful book for fans of paranormal romance, like Twilight, Shiver, and Beautiful Creatures. Paranormal YA lit seems to be the *it* thing these days, and while I never thought the genre would appeal to me, I’m finding myself increasingly enthralled with every chance I take on it.

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