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The Dark Divine [Hardcover]

Bree DeSpain
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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22 Dec 2009 Dark Divine (Book 1)
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.

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  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont USA (22 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840573
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,124,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A book that had everything I wanted: a bad boy, a complicated romance, and a mystery that made my heart beat double-time right up to the last page. Darkly comic and surprising.' - BeccaFitzpatrick, New York Times best-selling author of Hush, Hush"

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bree Despain Bree Despain rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I've owned this book for a couple of years now but I've been putting off reading it because I thought it was just another one of those books, yknow, the paranormal romances that fed off the popularity of the Twilight Saga. It turns out that isn't one of those books and I really enjoyed reading this story. I flew through the entire book in just one evening as I was just so desperate to get to the bottom of all the mysteries entailed!

The Dark Divine is told from the point of view of Grace Divine, the teenage daughter of a Pastor. The book begins with the reappearance of Daniel, Grace's brother Jude's ex-best friend. He disappeared from the Divine family's lives around three years ago after an incident with Jude which involved Jude coming home hurt and covered in a lot of blood. Ever since then, Daniel's name has become a sort of taboo in the Divine family household but Grace, who always had a crush on Daniel as they were growing up, still misses him. When he arrives back in town, he's sporting a new hair style and colour, but most of all a new attitude. Daniel smells like trouble and Jude warns Grace to stay away from him, but despite all the warnings, she's still drawn to him. Mysterious things start happening in their town with babies going missing, pets turning up dead and bodies being found with huge gashes on them. Grace isn't sure who she can and cannot trust, all she knows is that strange things have been happening since Daniel got back and that her attraction to him may lead her into danger.

Now you're probably thinking that you already know this story and that you've read it countless times before, but trust me, you haven't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable! 30 Nov 2012
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I had heard a lot of good things about this book before I picked it up, and thankfully I was not disappointed. I really liked this book, somehow it got under my skin and I couldn't put it down which lead to a very late night.

To be honest this book is not all that dissimilar from a lot of other YA books out there. The setup is not exactly new and it reminded me of Twilight in parts. You have a good wholesome girl and a dark, dangerous and uber attractive guy, they fall in love despite all the problems and dangers and all sorts of supernatural shenanigans ensue. It is a familiar story, but Dark Divine does things a little bit differently and it is these things that made me prefer this over other books of its genre, especially Twilight.

The first `thing' is that behind the hot werewolf and angst driven love story this book is actually quite deep. There are tonnes of messages and ideas about family, faith, forgiveness, jealousy, betrayal, mortality, illness, love, lust and hero worship. These are the themes that drive everything else (even the romance) and is essentially the backbone of the whole book.

The characters face a lot of moral dilemmas, again this is not new, but in Dark Divine these dilemmas are talked and thought about, there are no judgements, no `this is right from wrong so our characters must comply' feeling that I sometimes get from other YA books. I liked this approach; it was more grown up and more real.

All of this was complimented by a great cast of characters. Grace is just a normal girl stuck between her heart and head, the love of her life and her brother. She had a few silly moments where I wanted to slap her upside the head but for the most part she was fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Divine - fantastic 29 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book.. I didn't really have much expectations for it when I picked it up as it was just a 'filling in' book whilst I was waiting for another book to arrive... But man am I glad that I read it! It tells the story of Grace Divine, the daughter of a pastor. When an old childhood friend (Daniel - enter swoon) returns to town after being thought missing for several years, her life gets turned upside down. Her family seem to know something about Daniel and why he disappeared all those years ago and they don't want Grace to have anything to do with Daniel (especially her brother Jude). And Daniel isn't giving any information away either. Grace however is determined to find out the truth and when she does, she doesn't know whether to be terrified or even more attracted to Daniel. Either way you wont be able to put this book down. There are so many gasp worthy twists and action and suspense, it really does make it difficult to stop reading. And the ending.... I will not give anything away but I had no nails left by the end of it if you know what I mean... Eagerly awaiting the sequel "The Lost Saint" which is out in about 2 days which i am told is also amazing!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 13 Jan 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Three years ago, Grace Divine saw her brother, Jude, standing on their front porch covered in blood. Three years ago, Daniel disappeared. Three years later, Grace still doesn't know what happened or why Daniel left.

Now, Daniel is back and those feelings that were buried just under the surface have come rushing back for Grace. Although not everyone is happy to see Daniel return - namely Jude, who has yet to forgive Daniel for whatever it was that happened three years ago. Now Grace must decide between being loyal to herself, or being loyal to her brother, and the consequences that both choices hold.

Lying within all the threats and warnings surrounding Daniel, and Grace being involved with him, is still a secret that she needs an answer to. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more Grace starts to miss the innocence her life held before Daniel came back and before she found out something that affects her and everyone she holds dear. Can she save the ones she loves without losing herself, and her soul, in the process?

This is one of those stories that is almost impossible not to fall into. Once I started, I couldn't put it down, not even for a minute. Daniel starts as your typical (ish) bad boy (I love when he's first introduced into the story!), and continues to push and pull you into this "is he or isn't he?" type of wonder throughout most of the story.

Grace isn't the typical "dumb girl falls for bad boy" character either; she's not as simple as we've come to know lately, and yet she's not so complex that she's unrelatable. I actually enjoyed Grace, as she's very real. She gets flustered and annoyed as anyone else would, she has conflict, and she doesn't just make her decisions and say to hell with everyone and everything else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow first half, suspenseful towards the end
The Dark Divine is a book that was on my 'to be read' pile for over a year, and I wasn't sure what to expect; the cover and mysterious blurb drew me in but I had no idea what the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by KD20
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for: YA Paranormal, YA PR, YA UF, YA Werewolf/shifter, UF,...
Cover - I <3 it, it is very pretty.
Favorite Line - "Howy Shwit" & "Superpowers are a little more intense than armpit hair & zits"
Favorite Character - Grace... Read more
Published 23 months ago by SewShonaSew
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK
AT THE END IT'S A BIT TEDIOUS BUT IN GENERAL IT'S A NICE BOOK. i ENJOYED IT, A NICE LOVE STORY
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by VISU
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!
I had this book bought as a gift last year, and wasn't expecting much from it (but decided to read it out of politeness). Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2012 by KateM.90
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the romance!
I read this in one sitting. It's a slow start in the plot, but not in character development. We are busy learning about the character's in this story. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by Mary-The Sweet Bookshelf
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Divine
I've been wanting to read this for some time now, but firstly never got round to purchasing it. Then I found it in a charity shop and it would have been a crime to leave it on the... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by District YA
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars The Dark Divine
The beginning of this book was excellent and exceeded all my expectations of it. It had me thinking about where I up to in the story so far on the way to work, or cleaning my... Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by Sally
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Divine
Little disappointed with this book, thought it will be much better.
If you read Twilight, you will be disappointed too:(
Published on 27 Mar 2011 by klamenka1
4.0 out of 5 stars Spine-tingling mystery
When I first saw this book I knew immediately that I had to read it. The cover is simply stunning and I was on the hunt for new authors to try so this ticked all the boxes. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2011 by SJH @ A Dream of Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantstic take on werewolf mythology
Firstly I would like to say how well the title works on multi-levels when you know the story-line [ ; D ] I am such a tease. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Book Angel Emma
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