Monday, July 9, 2012

Review of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine, #2)***THIS IS REVIEW OF BOOK TWO IN A SERIES.  TO READ MY REVIEW OF THE FIRST BOOK, THE DARK DIVINE, CLICK HERE***

A family destroyed. A love threatened. An enemy returns.

Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process.

Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot, a newcomer to town. But as the two grow closer, Grace's relationship with Daniel is put in danger - in more ways than one.

Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her - not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung.

Bree Despain delivers sizzling romance and thrilling action in the heart-pounding sequel to the The Dark Divine.


When I read Bree Despain’s debut The Dark Divine, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  I was eager to see where Grace, Daniel, and Jude’s story would go next, even though it took me a while to get around to reading my ARC.  Unfortunately, Despain’s protagonist wasn’t what I remembered, and I didn’t find myself enjoying this one as much.

In The Lost Saint, Grace Divine has werewolf powers and high hopes of saving her brother Jude.  Personally, when I religious issues tackled in YA literature, I prefer when shades of gray are involved.  Instead, Despain tackles Grace’s character by making her more religious and choosing what was right based on her faith.  As a teen, I felt a lot more conflict about my faith, so this did not ring true to me.  I also think more cynical teens would criticize her character.

The writing in this book also didn’t work for me.  I get that Despain wanted to write a fast-paced story that her readers would become invested in, but honestly it bordered on excessively dramatic at times.

At some point in the future, I’ll try to pick up The SavageGrace, but I don’t know that I’ll make it through the entire book.  The Lost Saint was lackluster for me, and I think that for readers looking for a werewolf story, there are better options out there.

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