Friday, January 14, 2011

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

Title: The Lost Saint (A Dark Divine Novel)
Author: Bree Despain
Publisher: Egmont USA
Hardcover, 404 pages
Date Published: December 28, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel.  Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi.  She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother.  When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do.  She must become a Hound of Heaven.  Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero.  But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble.  Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung. Readers, ravenous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.
Much like the opener in the series, The Lost Saint is an addictively good read. Grace’s newly wolfish state sets her up as an almost entirely different person. The old Grace is still there, but I loved seeing this new, strong, dangerous Grace. The majority of the book throws hints about how she may or may not be losing herself to the wolf. Despain even adds little angry and sometimes menacing wolfy thoughts.

Grace’s change in personality means that her relationship with Daniel changes quite a bit as well. The Daniel we got to know in The Dark Divine isn’t gone, but like Grace, he’s changed. Their relationship hits more than a few bumps in the road and I was thrilled by that. No two people could have gone through all that Grace and Daniel went through, and are still going through, and come out unscathed.

The inclusion of gorgeous older man/lumberjack looking Talbot brings so much tension to the book; both for Grace internally and externally. He’s attractive and attracted to her – hello sexual tension! Still, all of the tense, 'let me fight the world to find my brother' moments are lightened thanks to April. Seeing as how I hated April in TDD, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the character this time around.

The Lost Saint also delves much more deeply into the Urbat world and what it means to be the wolf. Biblical references abound, as well as demons and the repercussions of killing another being, human or otherwise. Grace grows a lot in this installment and really begins to come into her own. Was the story somewhat predictable? Absolutely – I had figured out much of the ending before I even got there, but I still enjoyed reading it.  Grace’s need to save Jude, to do for him what she had done for Daniel, is raw and pure. She gets a little lost along the way, but don’t we all? Even the best intentions can get lost in the shuffle and become muddled in our worlds.

Bree Despain has once again created a werewolf story that, while full of supernatural elements and plot twists, is still carried by a simple girl who can’t give up on those she loves. The Lost Saint may not be for everyone, with its more than obvious Christian overtones, but that never overpowers the storyline and how losing your way does not have to mean you’re lost. If you loved The Dark Divine or even if you only enjoyed it a little, pick up The Lost Saint because it is even more thrilling and heart-pumping.  Oh, and the cliff-hanger ending? That killed me – I need more now!

Opening line: “Do what he wants, and you might survive,” a harsh voice said into the boy’s ear before he felt a sharp blow to the kidneys. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines (I had to pick one with Talbot): 
“You swear there are no demons waiting inside to jump me?” I could just picture a room full of Gelals with their claws out, ready to pounce on me the second I entered.

Talbot smirked. “Well, I might jump you – but only if you ask for it.”

“I’d like to see you try.” ~ pg. 252
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
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Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I absolutely loved TDD, and I can't wait to finally get this on my shelf! I'm so glad to see it lived up to the first book for you, Nikki! Excellent review :)

Jessica (BookLover) said...

I'm so glad you loved this book. I really need to pick it up now. :)
Great review!

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