The Dark Divine by Bree Despain Review

Monday, May 3, 2010 |
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 blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held.

I wrote this review as a judge for Alyssa's YA Bloggers Debut Book Battle.

I have a feeling that I am the minority here in the blogging world- in the midst of number of people who loved this one. *cringes* But I will continue.

There were definitely aspects of this book that I enjoyed. I adored Grace, the main character, who is very grounded in her sense of morality. She has a very strong sense of herself, which I appreciated. She isn't too perfect however, in that she is wonderfully flawed in her weakness for Daniel. I wasn't too fond of Daniel myself, he started out so grungy and screwed up; I didn't trust him very much. Also, the twist on the werewolves story was very original. Despain weaves it into the tale very well, I didn't find it confusing at all. Sometimes I feel like the whole werewolf concept is overused, but this was refreshing.

However, I didn't think the book was especially well-written. It was a quick read, and an entertaining one, but I wasn't exactly impressed with it. In some way, I understand that the writing can be secondary, especially when the plotline is so captivating. But I thought Dark Divine truly could have been stellar had it been more well-crafted.

Will I be sticking around for the next in the series? Maybe. I've never been a huge fan of paranormal, nor do I ever think it will ever be my favorite genre. However, I'm sure that there are plenty of paranormal stories out there that will knock my socks off. Maybe even the sequel to this one.

Rating: 7.5/10

<3 Cate


Amelia said...

Cool, Cate. I haven't read this one, but I certainly know what it feels like to be in the "minority" on a certain book...hahaha! And I'm with you - I think writing is extremely important, and even if there is a really original story, the writing will still be distracting O.o
So thanks for such an honest review!

pirate penguin said...

I'm sorry that it didn't WOW you but I'm glad that you liked it enough to actually FINISH it, lol. I personally loved the book... but I can get what you meant about the writing. It was simple but I think the characters more than made up for writing style. But that's just me! xD Thank you for the honest review :)

Amanda J. said...

This one's actually on my to read list, and yours is the only review I've read so far. I'm with Pirate, at least you liked it enough to finish it, and that's enough for me! :) Thanks for the review.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Nice review! I agree I really enjoyed this one, though it missed that WOW factor. I still gave it a 4.5 stars though, hehe. And power to speaking your thoughts and not being afraid to go against the crowd! :)

The Library Lurker said...

You did a good job explaining why you didn't like it, which is always a good thing! I haven't read this yet, but I'm planning to and I can't wait to see how I feel about it. Great review!

P.S. I'm from The Saturday Network, but I already follow :)

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