Author: Bree Despain
Series: The Dark Divine Book #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult.
Released: December 22, 2009
Summary: courtesy of goodreads.com 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.
For Fans Of: The Body Finder, 13 to Life, Shade, Raised by Wolves, Shiver, and Nevermore.
My Review: My Bff recommended this book. Might I say I was blown away! I couldn’t read it fast enough. (You know the days you wish you had another set of eyes so you could read faster).
I liked the headings at each interval that told us where they were. Like example: “The way home” and then the dialogue begins. Rather than saying, “on the way home, we were talking, yada yada.” I don’t know, it was just different and I liked it.
I enjoyed the myth of the Urbat or the Hounds of Heaven. Rather than having a demon hunter or fallen angel fight the bad things that go bump in the night, they’ve got werewolves.
The way the werewolves are made was interesting; the curse is genetic but can also be given by a bite.
Love the romance between Grace and Daniel. It’s a trending theme in Young Adult novels to fall for the ‘forbidden’ boy. But for being forbidden, he’s awfully good and wonderful!
Something different was Grace was the daughter of a pastor. She was always trying to good and live up to her beliefs and not disappoint her father. I haven’t read any YA novels that have brought the religious lifestyle into the plot. It was very refreshing and new. I liked that.
Highly recommend this book to those who like werewolves and the many variations of the myth. Very good read.