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The Dark Divine: Review

Synopsis: 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.

Details: "The Dark Divine" by Bree Despain, 385 pages, 4.5 stars on Amazon

My Thoughts: I have to admit: when I first saw the cover, I wasn't sure what to think. It was a nice cover - simple and elegant. But now that I've finished the story, I still don't see what the cover has to do with anything. Oh well. It's pretty and that's what counts, right?

The main character, Grace, was interesting, but I never felt like I really got involved in her problems or felt sympathetic for her. I suppose part of the reason was that she treated the guy who liked her, Peter, rather aloofly, even though he seemed like a perfectly nice, sweet, and overall charming guy. He invited her to go bowling multiple times with him along with her brother and his girlfriend, and she turned him down harshly. When she realized that she was falling in love with Daniel, she never felt an urge to let Peter know that she liked someone else, and on the night when she and Daniel officially got together, Peter conveniently - and suddenly - showed his "true colors", which were drastically different than ever hinted at in the story.

On the other hand, the werewolves bit were done quite well. A lot of paranormal romances feel like they read the same but this one was different. "The Dark Divine" had religious undertones, and while I didn't really like them that much, it was original. Daniel being a werewolf was portrayed as something dark and sinister, and there were parts in the book where I just had to keep reading. 

Overall - it could have been done better, but it was still pretty darn good. 3 out of 5 smiley faces.


Jami said...

I definitely loved Daniel. Thanks for your honest review!

aLmYbNeNr said...

Thanks for the honest review. I remember seeing this one around the blogs and love the cover but I'm not sure if it's something I would read. I've experienced that disappointment too, however, when a cover doesn't match the story inside.

Kathy Martin said...

I agree with you about the cover. I think it was pretty but I don't see how it added to the story. I did like the book. I don't remember noticing her relationship with Peter. I liked the werewolf aspect but I like most werewolf books.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Ooh, thank you for this honest review! I really appreciate book reviewing bloggers (my bookshelf would remain empty without them)

Manga Maniac said...

I'm here from CEP.

Your review is spot-on. I liked the werewolf aspect of the story, but also had reservations regarding the interpersonal relationships.

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Hm. I can see from your review that the plot of the book does not seem to match the cover. Sounds like a worthwhile read, though.

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

Nice review. I don't like books where the cover has nothing to do with the story. I am SO GUILTY of judging a book by its cover!

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