Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain


Summary:

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.


Review:

The Dark Divine is by far one of my favorite reads of '09! Since, it has almost everything a reader can ask for. Romance? Check. Mystery? Check. Family and Friendship plots? Check. A really cool main (and supporting) characters? Check!

Moving on, it was forever easy to be fully captured in The Dark Divine because of constant twists and turns that forever kept you guessing things like "What really happened the night Daniel disappeared?" to "What is Daniel exactly?." Plus, I loved how each chapter was labeled with a different word(s). Since, it always gave you an accurate preview of what was to come.
The characters were adorable and extremely well characterized. My favorite would have probably have to be Grace. Since, she was easy to like and relate to. Also, I liked how most of her responses and actions to what was occurring around her were well thought out and reasonable instead of hasty ones. The two words that come to mind when thinking about Daniel would probably be dark and mysterious and while he was those things, he was always so sweet to Grace.

The ending was just an all around,” WOW!" that leaves me with only one request to Bree. That request? Well, it's for Bree to write a sequel because I'm dying to know what happens next!

In all, The Dark Divine was a fantastic book and proves that when Egmont and Bree Despain tag up, they are an UNSTOPABLE force!
 
Grade: A+

The Dark Divine will be released December 22, 2009!

Source: Publisher for review. Thanks Rebecca!

47 comments:

  1. Awesome review! I love your last line! "In all, The Dark Divine was a fantastic book and proves that when Egmont and Bree Despain tag up, they are an UNSTOPABLE force!" =)

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  2. GREAT review! This book was on my wishlist before...but now it's definitely top 3 priority! :P

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  3. Awesome review! I can't wait!
    BTW, is the font exactly the same in the book as it is in the chapter 1 preview on the author's site? I know it's stupid but I don't really like it though I'll pay less attention to it if the writing is really good (I'm sure it'll be amazing!)

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  4. Excellent review! The First Novels Club really enjoyed it too... though I have to agree with 1inseveralbillion --- I was NOT a fan of the font!

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  5. Great Review! I loved this book too - Bree did a wonderful job!

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  6. I'm hoping to read this book soon and Bree has said a sequel is coming, so yay! :) Great review!

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  7. So glad to be reading all of the awesome reviews for this book. I can't wait to finally get my hands on a copy! :D

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  8. Awesome review! I agree- definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Words had me wrapped up in a bubble until I was done. :D

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  9. Fantastic review! I'm totally excited to read this!

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  10. Wow, now I really want to read this :) Great review!

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  11. You've made me even more excited for this book now... thanks for the review!

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  12. Great review! I reviewed this the other day. A favorite read for me this year too! :)

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  13. Great review! I hadn't heard of this book yet, another book added to my growing wish list.

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  14. Great review! I loved this book as well.

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  15. Romance? Check. Mystery? Check. Family and Friendship plots? Check. A really cool main (and supporting) characters? Check! <<< GREAT! I want this book even more now. Thanks for the review, Lauren! : )

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  16. Wow, great review. I am so glad to hear this book is as good as its cover.

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  17. Can't wait for this to come out :)
    Lovely review, many thanks for sharing!

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  18. Sounds amazing. Now I have to read it - since you gave it an A+ and all. Those are extremely hard to come by... =)

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  19. I don't understand how I didn't comment on this before. Weird. I comment on nearly every post you make or I thought I did. Hey ho!

    This book sounds awesome. The fact that it is one of your favourite books of the year feels me with excitement. Yay!

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  20. Awesome review! I loved the posted chapters in ROmantic times blog. I've been dying to read this book. Bree is awesome!

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  21. Woww..this book looks fab! And your review made it sound even better! Can't wait tor read it ;D

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  22. Great review! I think I'll put it on my wishlist!

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  23. Excellent review! This book was already on my wishlist, but reading your A+ review makes me want to read it even more! :)

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  24. Great review :)
    Can't wait to read it

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  25. Great review. Cant wait to read it!

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  26. This book has been getting lots of great reviews! Can't wait to read it :) I love the cover!!

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  27. Awesome review! Can't wait to get my hands on this one!

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  28. Oh how I so, so, so want to read this! I can't find it anywhere locally though, sadly :( I loved your review! It made me even more excited, if that's possible. I'm glad you didn't put any spoilers!

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  29. Such a cool review! I agree, Egmont and Despain make an UNstoppable force :)

    I am soo happy you didn't put any spoilers. But I read a review that didn't warn about the SPOILERS in it, and now, I know the dang secret :[ Thanks a lot, Spoiler Blogger!

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  30. Oooo...the chapter word(s)/titles sound really cool! I can't wait to read this book!

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  31. Thanks for the review. It sounds like a great book!

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  32. Now you've got me wanting to read the book! ;P I always love great endings, and the way you describe it I think this one is going to be great.

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  33. the first think that came to my mind when i read this review was I want this book NOW!
    jejeje
    you make me want it xP

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  34. Yes! A book with a character who thinks about his/her actions! Those characters are rare and much appreciated. The book sounds great!

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  35. Okay, I wanted to read this book before, now I have to! After reading this review, it just makes me want to read this book even more!
    Margay

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  36. i KNEW a book with a cover like that has gotta be good.. now, after this review, the only thing stopping me from running down to the nearest bookshop to buy it is that: i'm not that fit - can't run that far; and... this book isn't out yet in my country!!!! waaahh!!

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  37. Nice review! Well-developed characters are the most important aspect of books for me, so your review made me really excited to read this!

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  38. I had read so many wonderful reviews about this book. And i really love the cover, purple :)

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  39. Great review =) I cannot wait to read this books!

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  40. sounds fantastic!
    thanks so much

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  41. Short, sweet, and gives just the right amount of push for me to get myself a copy soon. :)

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  42. Ooh, I haven't read a review of this book yet. It sounds so good! Think I'll have to move it closer to the top of my 'to read/buy list'. If it has everything you've said, then it should be a really good story, definitely my kind of book. Hope I can find it in the shops near me soon.

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  43. Great review of this book. I have it on my must read list now.

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  44. Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed. Definitly looking foward to this one

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