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.