The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Publisher: Egmont USA
Series: The Dark Divine
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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 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 boys' 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.

This is a great book. I love the synopsis because it gives details to entice you without giving the subject matter away, which isn't easy to do. For the majority of the books I had no idea what I was reading about and I love that. It has a mystery behind the main mystery (Daniel) that makes it even that more intriguing. Daniel isn't the typical love interest, which is a nice change from the "Mr. Perfect" that I usually find in YA novels. He's very ruff around the edges and there is a valid reason for that. Grace is different (in a very good way) from what I expected. I guess I thought since she's the pastor's daughter either she would have a "holier than thou" attitude or be a bad girl and she isn't either. She's just a exceptionally kind person trying to do the right thing even when it makes her life harder. At the end where the story should be (you know) ending, it's just the beginning and a great way to keep the anticipation for the next book growing.

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