The Dark Divine: Bree Despain

So I was about to start The Maze Runner when Amy over at Reading Teen suggested I read the Dark Divine (FYI definitely look at Reading Teen for some great – and way more updated- book recommendations). She said it was one of her favorite books of 2010 and I must say, it was a great book!

An intriguing storyline and easy to read, but I think what I enjoyed most about it was it was wholesome. I’m not sure if it would be considered a “Christian” book, but it definitely is whether the author intended to or not.

It’s one of those books I don’t cringe when I hear a younger (12-ish) year old girl is reading.

It has the same great intrigue for vampire/werewolf/demon creature thingies that I tend to like to read about.

My only drawback is it definitely is a “Young Adult” book and is written for that audience, not for moms who like YA books 🙂

4 stars and recommend it!

Amazon Summary:
With its eye-catching cover (pale, slender legs with purple toenails entwine with purple chiffon on a black background), intriguing title, and the hook of werewolves in love, comparisons to Meyer’s Twilight series are inevitable. However, Despain roots her story firmly in the faith of her protagonist’s family. Sixteen-year-old Grace Divine is a pastor’s daughter and has heard every joke possible about her name. But her family practices what her father preaches: community, caring, and forgiveness, including taking in a neighbor’s abused child and raising him as their own. That boy, Daniel, and Grace fall in love, and when Daniel reveals that he is a werewolf, Pastor Divine searches for remedies while trying to keep his family safe. Though the romantic passages are predictable and characterization sometimes weak, Despain raises complex issues of responsibility and forgiveness and offers no easy answers. Atmospheric and compelling, Despain’s first novel will be popular, and a sequel eagerly anticipated.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606841548

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