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The intensity and compulsion behind The Dark Divine is the mystery that surrounds the entirety of the book, and you want that mystery. So no peeking! I will keep my review as spoiler free as I possibly can!
The dark secret will not go away, and it hangs over Grace as she reacquaints herself with the very needing, Daniel Kalbi. Her brother Jude makes it very clear that she is to stay away from Daniel, or risk their relationship. Are her feelings for Daniel worth risking her families approval? And as darker mysteries are revealed she might be risking more than just her families love, she might be risking her soul.
The mystery of this book is what kept me turning page after page and staying up later and later. Mystery upon mystery that lasted until the very last page. Some of the secrets are hinted at and I thought I had it figured out, but then doubt would creep in and I would think it was something else. The reveal was excellent, even though I thought they waited too long…but that was just me having very little patience. I thought Despain handled it very well and the heroine had one of the better reactions I’ve read so far in a paranormal romance. It is probably what Bella should have done instead of being all “I don’t care that you want to kill me.”
The only problems I did find with this book were some pretty obvious plot holes, which really disappointed me. I know this was a YA novel, but usually teens are more educated than I am (forgotten everything!) so historical inconsistencies were very obvious. Also, while the character and story lines were compelling and sucked you into the story, I don’t find myself caring for the characters as much as I usually do for books that I’ve enjoyed so much. I blame this on the fact that all of the characters were people that I probably wouldn’t like in real life, even though their story was intriguing. Grace was a little too good, she would intimidate me in real life and I would feel that I would contaminate her or something. Daniel would have too many personal problems…Jude would just be too, well All American. Did I like them, yes, but I would have steered clear of them in High School.
Overall an excellent addition to the current YA explosion. Bree Despain should congratulate herself, she has written a novel that is trendy, yet stands out from the crowd, jostling to satisfy the Twilight craze. I will be reading the second in the series.