Book Review: The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine #1)

6380822Title: The Dark Divine

Author: Bree Despain

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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.

Awkward teenage girl, handsome but troubled teenage boy, lengthy descriptions of aforementioned boy’s features, arguments leading to growing attraction between boy and girl, high school drama, family drama, revelation that boy is not human, even more drama, true love. Readers familiar with “Twilight” will quickly recognize this formula repeated in “The Dark Divine.” The author does put a fresh spin on the familiar concept of werewolves, though, as well as offer readers a more developed heroine than “Twilight”‘s Bella and a slight twist ending. The writing, moreover, is simplistic but still superior to that of “Twilight.” “The Dark Divine,” in other words, is neither a literary wonder nor a complete waste of time. If you enjoy teen paranormal romances, this one is certainly worth a try. If that particular formula doesn’t tickle your fancy or “Twilight” provided more than enough magical teen angst for you, however, I’d advise you look elsewhere for your pleasure reading.

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