I finished reading The Dark Divine by Bree Despain last night.
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.
Wow! I had heard good things about The Dark Divine and I definitely wasn't disappointed. I loved this book! I loved the characters--Grace, the pastor's daughter who isn't too perfect (like I feared she would be), Daniel, the hot guy Grace is in love with, even the secondary characters like Don who is mentally handicapped but seems sweet and protective and Jake who seems like the All-American guy.
The plot was also great! I don't want to give anything away so it's hard for me to comment on it. Let's just say that there were a bunch of twists and turns that I definitely didn't see coming. I knew going in that this was a paranormal book, but I didn't know how until right til I got to the page. The book kept me hanging on until the very end! And oh how I want to know more (I can't tell you what about because that would spoil it for you).
I even love the tag-line "True love's first kill." Sooo good! ( And I was lucky enough to get a finger nail polish to match the cover of The Dark Divine's purple color....so pretty!)
I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 8
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 8
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 5
TwentyTen Reading Challenge: Win! Win! #2
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 7
*FTC Disclosure: This book was given to me for free from the publisher for an honest review.