Author: Bree Despain
Hardcover, 372 pages
Date Published: December 22, 2009
Description (Taken from Goodreads)
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.
Three years ago Grace Divine’s brother Jude came home covered in blood. That same night, Jude’s best friend, Daniel, disappeared. Pastor Divine and his wife sent both Grace and her sister away for three weeks and when they returned, the Divines acted as if nothing had ever happened. Three years later, Grace runs into Daniel at school and after a few mysterious and dangerous encounters, Grace decides she needs to discover what happened between Jude and Daniel and what everyone is really hiding.
The Dark Divine is an engrossing and addictive book. I had trouble putting it down. The mystery is so perfectly weaved into Grace’s desires to see Daniel that you can’t help but keep turning the pages. The characters are nicely developed and I felt so connected with Grace. Jude comes off as the goody-two-shoes type, but that’s addressed and Grace even comments on that. April, Grace’s best friend, is likable enough, if not annoying, until she starts dating Jude and turns into the worst best friend ever. The minor characters all work well in their roles too, but it’s Daniel that really steals the show. He’s smart, mysterious, and oh-so sexy. It’s easy to see why Grace is so taken with him.
The overall mystery in The Dark Divine revolves around what happened between Jude and Daniel three years ago and boy does it pay off. I hadn’t heard what the big mystery was before so I was so surprised when it all started to come together. Bree Despain has done a fantastic job weaving such a seductive, tantalizing tale together. This is definitely a story you do not want to miss.
Opening lines – From prologueish first page: Blood fills my mouth. Fire sears my veins. ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines: And in that moment, something–an energy–passed between us. Like the thread that had drawn me to him was now a live wire, a lifeline, that bound us together, and I needed to pull him to safety. ~ pg. 116
A solid 4.5*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.