Saturday, September 11, 2010

Review of The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine, #1)A Prodigal Son

A Dangerous Love

A Deadly Secret

Grace Divine—daughter of the local pastor—always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.

Now that Daniel's returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul.

I approached The Dark Divine very dubiously. I had heard that this book had a strong religious aspect and was worried that the characters would be a little bit too straight-laced and conservative for my taste. While I spent a good deal of the book wanting to smack Grace’s mother and Jude, this novel proved me wrong.

I thought the religious aspect of this novel worked because Grace isn’t idealistic, even if she might come across that way at first. She periodically says hell and wears spaghetti straps. Also, the way religion discussed isn’t like, “And then I said a prayer and was so thankful and everything was magically perfect,” which is how I was afraid it would be. Instead, it incorporated themes which you don’t necessarily have to be religious to believe, such as the importance of forgiveness and having a life with people who will love and support you instead of constantly bringing you down.

While religion is heavily incorporated with the themes of this book, it also plays a major role in the plot of this book, and for me this is what made The Dark Divine so original. Even though I could see who Grace would end up with, Despain managed to throw in one plot twist that was totally unexpected for me. Maybe other people figured it out, and I’m just slow.

Before I draw my review to a close, I wanted to pay brief mention to two other characters. I wasn’t a fan of April, because I didn’t find her sensible, and at times I thought Daniel went a bit over the top in terms of talking about how dangerous he was. That aside, I actually liked Daniel. The connection between him and Grace felt more realistic to me because they’d known each other for so long, and it made it easier for me to believe that Daniel had her best interests at heart.

The Dark Divine definitely exceeded all of my expectations. I wasn’t sure about all of the plots of the story, and was worried the characters would be unrealistic and unlikeable. I was wrong. The summary for The Lost Saint, The Dark Divine’s impending sequel, sounds quite intriguing, so I’m eager to see where the story goes next.

Disclosure: I checked out a copy of this book from my awesome local library.


  1. This is my favorite new YA novel. So glad you liked it!

  2. Interesting. I was very hesitant to give this book a shot because of all the religious themes, but I guess I'll read it now. Thanks for the review.

  3. Great review! I had the opportunity to meet Bree and pick her brain, and her ideas were so fresh and unique. I really enjoyed this one :)

  4. Thanks for the great review! I've been wishy-washy about reading this one, too. The cover's great but I just wasn't I'll have to check it out!

  5. Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! I felt the same way about the book. One thing I really liked was it finally was a book without absent parents!

  6. I haven't read this book because I've heard so-so reviews. I'm glad to hear that you liked it!

    Thanks for the review!



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