Title: The Dark Divine
Author: Bree Despain
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: December 22nd 2009
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.
The Dark Divine had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while. I’ve been trying to read the books I already own so I finally grabbed this one. I was eager to finally make the time to read it but sadly I decided not to finish it. I typically do not write a review if I did not finish the book but I decided why not? I couldn’t finish it but maybe someone else would like to give it a chance or someone else has already read it. In that case let me know what you thought about the book in the comments.
I was excited to dig into all the secrets i expected this book to have but unfortunately did get far enough to figure out what Grace’s family was hiding. Typically I would want to get to the bottom of what is going on but other things could not hold my attention enough to keep moving on. I felt like the story was progressing too slow for me. I liked the flash backs and how the fact that it was trying to create a curiosity to get to know the characters and what was going on. I could not seem to find a connection with any characters though. There was not anything specific that i disliked but I just felt indifferent to what was going on. I did not feel invested in the story and after 100+ pages decided maybe it just was not for me.