Friday, March 5, 2010

The Dark Divine by Bree Depain

"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."

Overall: 5/5

I can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book. But let's start with the important parts: Would you get a load of that cover? So gorgeous! I would read a book with a cover like that no matter what the synopsis said. I loved how this story kept me guessing. The synopsis tells you a little, but not so much that you immediately know what's going on and which characters to like and to hate. I was constantly torn between Daniel and Jude, feeling like I was betraying one the second I felt warmly towards the other.

This book was so artfully (is that actually a word?) done. I'm highly anticipating whatever comes next, particularly if she feels the urge to continue this story!

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Ending: 4/5
Cover: 5/5
Happy Factor: 5/5

This is Bree Despain's first book.

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