Saturday, April 21, 2012

Yes! The Werewolves Did It!

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Summary: 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.

Review: A decent paranormal read with an interesting take on werewolf mythology.

Just how naive can Grace be? And why does she have such a bad tendency to blame herself for things absolutely beyond her control? She also can't manage to see what it's front of her face. We are given so many hints about the big secret (it's werewolves, but all people except Grace know that), but Grace never seems to get it. Once she figures out the secret, she suddenly decides that it's her purpose in life to help Daniel, but she doesn't actually know the secret. I was shocked that she was shocked when she was told the truth truth. How did you miss that?

Daniel does have a bit of "I'm a bad boy! Stay away from me!" going on, but he is actually a decent guy. Having known Grace beforehand and the back story with her brother make his actions make more sense. I liked the mythology of the werewolf in this book. I really liked Don. He was such a sweet guy. I was surprised by the truth of that night. It honestly wasn't something I saw coming, but made a lot of sense thinking back. The ending didn't make too much sense and was too easy.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those who enjoy werewolves or young adult supernatural fiction. 

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