The DARK DIVINE series. BOOK 1: THE DARK DIVINE. I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an. Bree Despain (born ) is an American author. Despain studied creative writing at Brigham Despain is the author of the Dark Divine trilogy and the Into The Dark trilogy. Her first novel, The Dark Divine, was published in , and the . Grace and Jude Divine have always been the poster-children for kindness and understanding. Their father is a pastor, a truly good man, and.

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There were chapters where I felt 2 stars were too generous. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It was equally stupid and boring as the people involved in it.

The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine, #1) by Bree Despain

What started out as xespain promising got sluggish in the middle, as Grace’s introspection wore me down. Now what Daniel has is a hereditary thing, so I don’t know where Grace gets the right to be so sorrowful and blaming herself for it.

Daniel is quite dark and Byronic, mysterious and a little dangerous.

Grace Divine is the daughter of a pastor in a conservative church-going community, but her straitlaced family has spent the last several years hiding and avoiding the fate of their unofficial foster son and brother Daniel, and his strange disappearance.

It would be cute if she didn’t come off as holier-than-thou. At first I found it refreshing that Grace was such a good kid.

The way Grace compares April to a dog suggests April is dumb, blindly loyal, annoying, and clingy, and also suggests that Grace is inconsiderate and treats her so-called “best friend” like crap. Yet our protagonist, Grace Divine, doesn’t figure out the mystery until she is very blatantly told on page Mangled bodies are turning up everywhere.

Other words are used like prick, sucks, perv, and screwed. Unlike many other paranormal romances, there was actually a plot in this story!


It’s sad that that is really the only original part of the whole story. Daniel has despaih back out of love dxrk hope that Grace maybe the one to cure him of his “disease”. The second she found out what Daniel had done, she turned her back on him and told him to leave for good–not because she wanted to, but because she felt like she HAD to, because she owed it to the stupid, annoying Jude, her beloved 17 going on 7-year-old BIG brother!!!

While Shiver moves the story through a solemn, almost hushed internalization, The Dark Divine packs in a fair amount of action and suspense.

Dec 13, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: Booklist says 7 th th grade. I found that there was despqin to actually develop Daniel’s character – and you start to feel a bit sympathetic towards him. What an awesome debut! I really can’t praise this book enough.

I know divinne cannot be just me, but did every single scene have to come under some stupid and asinine subheading? Unless of course you are the parent ; But if you’re not the parent After some religious filler from Grace’s dad, a pastor, there’s a lot of creepy romance, then a bunch of “action” that is basically Daniel saving Grace. I am not sure what her angle is yet. If, however, you are anything like me, you will want something at least slightly original, interesting, enjoyable and filled with some amount of depth.

Just how far should grace and forgiveness go, when there’s family at stake and blood on fhe hands? As Grace gets pulled deeper and deeper into his world, she finds herself face to face with the terrifying secret he’s been hiding from her all along. She really wasn’t THAT strong.

She and her family spend much time serving others and doing good deeds. Now it’s time to go hunt for Jude in “The Lost Saint”! Feb 09, Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: Not that I’m endorsing all teens to pull an Eric Cartmanbut I do expect some independent thought.


The Dark Divine

He paused for a moment. Her insistence in defining acts of grace bump up against these gritty realities and keep the novel’s voice unique, thoughtful, and relevant. I had been anxious for answers in the beginning, but then Despian stretched out Grace’s indecision without fleshing out her internal struggle just so she could space out vital information and race to the climax. But all in all I like it and I finished it in one day and definitely better than Specials.

Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot—a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. I thought perhaps my assumption was wrong, because it felt too obvious, but nope There’s a reason why my summary of the story is so short: Who’s life will Grace’s mission be to save? The contrast their original nature as Heaven’s Hounds, to their later downfall, Hounds of death. Grace is caught in a sort of accepting malaise of this status quo until Daniel shows up at her high school.

Bree Despain

Somewhere along the way, Despain got a solid grasp on the dkvine and injustices teenagers suffer at the hands of the very family and adults who deslain supposed to protect them. I’m a Christian, but I also got completely fed-up with Despain’s overbearing religious slant in the novel and I’ve read several Christian novels that were nothing like hers.

I won’t even begin to go into all of the similarities; it’s not worth my time. The paranormal being in her story is very often used, but I think Despain’s version ranks among the best.