Saturday, December 19, 2009
Fresh New Voice of YA- The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
"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."- summary from Amazon
This was a really compelling debut full of twists and turns. Despain knows how to craft a story set in a small town and pack it full of mystery, intrigue, romance, humor, and suspense. There was so much depth to a lot of the characters and by the end of the book, everything clicked into place and it all made sense. I seriously cannot wait to see what happens next. I also loved how the supernatural creature used had an original twist to it and an amazing backstory that showed the author did some intense research for this. The suspense and mystery pulled me right along through this book and makes for an exciting, page-turning read. The climax and reveal really surprised me yet made sense and, honestly, it was just so cool. Despain has a huge hit on her hands, so run to your bookstores on December 22 to pick up a copy of this book.
FTC: Borrowed book from Sharon (thanks!!). Amazon link is an Associate link- any profit goes toward postage for contests.