The Dark Divine (Dark Divine Series #1)

The Dark Divine (Dark Divine Series #1)

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by Bree Despain

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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 held.

The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later,

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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 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 boys' 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.

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Gr 9 Up—Grace, Daniel, and Jude were best friends until the night three years ago when Jude came home covered with blood and Daniel disappeared without a trace. Now mysterious happenings are taking place in the neighborhood. Daniel is back and Grace involves herself in his life again—but this time it's more than just friendship. Grace and Jude's father is a church pastor who lives his faith. Daniel had lived with the Divines for a time after being removed from an abusive father. When Daniel reveals to Grace that he is a werewolf, Grace and her father work to free him from this curse through their knowledge of a little known legend. But is Daniel or someone else responsible for those disappearances and animal mutilations? It is up to Grace and Daniel to make sense of that night three years ago and solve the new mystery. The story's saving grace is the role faith and forgiveness play in making this somewhat more than your average YA paranormal romance. Narrator Eileen Stevens provides plenty of suspense. Primary characters are well-defined and voiced, though secondary characters are fairly one dimensional. The mystery and energy of the story are heightened through Steven's use of pacing, breath, and pitch. The story drags somewhat in the middle, but builds to a conclusion that suggests a sequel.—Ann Brownson, Ballenger Teachers Center, Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Dark Divine Series, #1
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6.92(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.09(d)
HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years


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The Dark Divine (Dark Divine Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 471 reviews.
Stellarx1587 More than 1 year ago
The Dark Divine has been highly anticipated since I first heard of its release... and I must say that it did NOT disappoint! Bree Despain's debut novel has easily made its way onto my favorites of 2009! The story spiraled into a darkly, thrilling romance with twists and turns that keep you captivated from the very first LINE of the book! Our new author has clearly made an entrance! Through our heroine, Grace Divine, you're with her every step of the way as she tries to understand the mystery behind what had happened to her brother and the disappearance/re-appearance of the boy she loved 3 years prior to the story. The story unraveled in a quick, but not hurried pace, which made this one a real page turner. The story was wrapped up cleanly... but not without some loose ends... but not enough to feel unsatisfied at closure. It just leaves you dying for more! I have not heard whether or not The Dark Divine is the start of a series or if this will be a stand alone, but I could almost bet there will be a follow up! Because I know I won't be the only one wanting to find out what the future has in store for Grace & Daniel!
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I liked that I went into the book not really knowing what it was about (vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, etc.) and it does keep you guessing for a while. I really liked the love story between Grace and Daniel in this book. I felt like Bree put a lot of passion behind their attraction to each other. The writing was good too. You are given all the information that you need to solve the story's mysteries in bits and pieces throughout the book. I recommend this book to YA supernatural fans!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This book left me speechless. I absolutely loved it. Grace Divine a pastors daughter meets Daniel who has disappeared from her life almost three years ago. Jude her brother, wants nothing to do with him and makes her promise not to see or speak to him. The dark pull between Grace and Daniel causes her to wonder why Daniel had left all these years and now suddenly came back. She knows it has to do with a fallout between her brother and Daniel. There have been some mysterious murders going on in town. All of the sudden people are scared of some monster wondering the streets. Man, this book was just agghhhh! I loved it. The tension of reading the book had me sitting at the edge of my seat. Bree did a wonderful job building up the suspense in the book. And the secret! Half way through the book I sort of figured out what the secret was, but she did such a excellent job with building up to revealing it. The romance in the book was awesome. I enjoyed watching Daniel and Grace love one another. They had so much history with one another it was hard not to see them together. Daniel and Grace's love for one another was one I don't see in most books. This love was strong and never ending. Grace was willing to give up everything for him. I love this type of love. It's not lust, or just a need, its something that they can't live without. If you haven't read this book, you should. The mystery, suspense, love, and tension was great. Bree wrote a heart stopping dark romance, one that shows what love it really about.
BookzxXxLove More than 1 year ago
When I first looked at the book I thought how cool the cover looked. My mom was rushing me to pick a book because i'd been there for a little less than a half hour. I grabbed it and i SO do NOT regret it! Of all the books ive read in my 14 years i will NEVER find a book like this ever again. It is my all time favorite and i do NOT regret buying it and I never will. I recommend it to everyone. Its thrilling, romantic, sad, and wonderful. You can just imagine everything in your mind its so amazing. DONT EVER let ANYONE tell you otherwise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
okay so when i first looked at the book, the thing that caught my eye was the cover, i read the details of the book and thought really nothing of it but that it might be a really good book. BUT i was wrong, it so surprising. there were times where i couldn't put the book down, because i wanted to know what would happen next, what was to become. i loved all the characters in their own different way, although i loved Daniel the most. i never excepted this book to be so jaw dropping, also so dark and deep. mysterious too. the book had everything i wanted. hidden secrets, a bad boy, a love til the end. you couldn't ask for anything more.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
It might be cliche to say that this book had me hooked from page one, but it most definitely had my undivided attention at page 6. Grace and Jude Divine haven't seen their childhood friend Daniel ever since he disappeared one mysterious night three years ago. Then he turns up one day in Grace's AP art class, and she is immediately reminded of how much she liked him. But then terrible things start happening in the neighborhood and it looks like Daniel may know more about that than he lets on. Grace will have to figure out her feelings for Daniel while she avoids the growing danger and learns the truth about what happened to her brother that fateful night. THE DARK DIVINE is extremely gripping and engaging mystery unfolds. The characterization and dialog is so realistic and natural that it makes you believe it could really have happened, despite the paranormal elements. There is a delicious brooding man in Daniel that will appeal to all Edward Cullen fans.Despain is a debut author to watch! Plus, the ARC came with matching nail polish, which is now on my toes!
E-C-D More than 1 year ago
This book fits the genre of paranormal YA perfectly... Which is what I most prefer to read, but I will also say that though this is a paranormal book, there are a lot of great aspects about this book that will captivate a wide range of readers. For instance, I am not a religious person and this book is filled with religion. So why would I like it so much then, you ask? Mainly because I feel that Despain did a great job of not preaching to her audience, but instead uses faith and mythology to entangle us in this mysterious story she's created. I think that the way that she writes this book can speak to anyone really. The characterization that is put forth in this novel is fantastic and that I think draws a lot from the religious aspects that I mentioned before. In every story there is a struggle and in this case that struggle seems to surround the things that we try to encompass as good human beings like forgiveness and sacrafice. I absolutely love every single character in this book. I fell head over heals for Daniel, I also found Grace to be a wonderful narator, and I can't wait to see where this story continues for Jude. Probably my favorite character was Pastor D-vine because to me he represents more than just faith. He is flawed so he seems human, but he tries his best to see the good in everyone and help everyone that asks, it's inspiring. I can't wait to see where Despain will take this story because there really are so many possibilities for it and I commend her for creating such a story that so many different types of people are sure to enjoy.
DarkFaerieTales More than 1 year ago
Quick & Dirty: A must read debut novel that will give you thrills and chills. Opening Sentence: Sacrifice - Blood fills my mouth. The Review: Despain does an excellent job of showcasing themes and mythology in this beautifully written story. Character motivations and conflicts aren't always what they seem and the story will definitely keep you guessing until the very end. The plot and pacing of the story arc moved along with an interesting telling of the story in sections or events if you will. Grace, the narrator of the story, easily connects with the reader. Her family is very important to her and the more she tries to fix the situation and become what other people want her to be, she begins to second guess her own motivations. I think Grace finds herself in a place where she starts to shoulder the burdens of everyone else and the weight of it becomes unbearable. From the very beginning the reader is teased with the mystery of what happened between Daniel and Jude. Both characters are sympathetic and likable despite their flaws. Daniel is the dark and mysterious love interest with baggage, while Jude is the ever loyal and "good son" - essentially perfect in everyone's eyes. I loved the dynamics between the Divine family and how each member dealt with the events that unfolded. The Dark Divine has a satisfying ending that left room for the sequel without ending on a cliffhanger. I think the book is an easy read with plenty of plot twists. I enjoyed the back story, character development, and sense of danger. Notable Scene: I felt a bit dizzy as I inspected the at least ten-foot drop down to the other side. Crap, that's high. I was wondering how I was ever going to get down when I lost my balance and stumbled off the pillar. Before I could shriek, something hard and tight wrapped around my arm, wrenching me to a stop a couple of feet from the ground. I dangled for a moment, my feet swinging above the frozen earth. I tried to catch my breath before looking up. But I found it even harder to breathe when I saw Daniel kneeling on the top of the pillar, holding me with only one hand. His face completely smooth and calm, not puckered or creased by the strain of my weight. FTC Advisory: Egmont USA provided me with an ARC of The Dark Divine. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don't receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site. Note: I am a member of Bree's street team contest. I will be holding various contests to giveaway my autographed ARC along with other promotional items that I received.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
i decided to read this book because it looked cool and i like to read books with cool look's. this book, the dark divine, was a book that had every thing i like in a book. it was mysterious, kept me thinking about what might happen and it was spine chilling... it gave me goose bumps! this girl named grace was trying to forget about the boy that dissappeared and then she found him in one of her classes at her school. she try's to decide between her brother and this boy but dosent know who to choose? grace gets closer to daniel and figures out the truth about a certian night and how she is to save her loved ones... but it might cost her the one thing that means the most to her: her soul. kinda like another twilight book only diffirent in its own unique ways. read this book if you are a fan of mystical warewolves and mysterious stories.
TheLadyInBlackSilk More than 1 year ago
I absolutley, posotively LOVE this book!!!!!! Like it says up there, its EPIC!!!!! I totally recommand this book!!!!!!!!!! = D
bookwormchica More than 1 year ago
This book is phenomenal!! At first, i didnt want to read it because I thought the main chararcter(Grace) would to innocent and boring. Boy was i wrong! Grace is so fiery and clever and talented and cool. this bbok keeps you guessing whether or not it's about grace's relationship with a childhood friend/deadly werewolf or about why Grace's seemingly perfect older brother has gone wacko. i without a doubt reccomend this book!
JessG93 More than 1 year ago
Wow. I was blown away by this book and can't say enough about its sheer awesomeness! Normally, I'm not a huge paranormal romance fan-I prefer dystopian future plots-but this book came highly recommended by a friend and I was not disappointed. So I knew from the onset that this was paranormal (as it has always been promoted as such and so if you didn't know, I'm not sure why you would hold that against the book like a couple other recent reviews have.) but I did not know how it was paranormal until it is revealed in the book. Totally surprising (though there were several subtle hints along the way). While I will not spoil it like others have, I was so impressed with how the author was able to take something that has been around for hundreds of years and make it new and fresh. The characters are so engrossing and empathetic. I almost cried along with Grace as her world came crashing around her, and with Daniel, who had been through some heart wrenching crap in his life as he desperately tries to overcome the influences of his inner demons. I was so impressed with how Despain develops the story into much more than an afternoon's entertainment-weaving in themes of forgiveness and love and then putting them in fantastical situations that could be just as real if the paranormal element didn't exist in the book. I also loved how the religion aspect is more a part of who the characters are than a driving force in the story. I think this gave Despain the ability to say something about truly caring for people regardless of religion. Enough babbling. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. Very excited for the sequel!
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...This book surprised me with an unexpected plot. I just skimmed the summary (I usually avoid them to avoid spoilers), knew it was a YA title, and knew I adored the cover. What I did not expect were the OTHER aspects of the story. I am going to be very vague, as I do not want to ruin the story for anyone. The plot was VERY suspenseful. I really did not know what was going on but the story pulled me in so strongly, that I had to keep reading. Grace, who is shocked by the reappearance of her childhood friend tries to uncover why her brother becomes enraged in his presence. The story is infused with tons of mystery, legends, Biblical references, and some romance. The Dark Divine is very well written and should satisfy readers of all ages. The main characters in this book live in a very religious household. Their father is a Pasteur in a relatively small area. Their lives are sheltered with limited Internet access, strict curfews, and family rules. This reflected in their decisions, especially Grace's. She seemed to think about her actions and the consequences that would result from her choices. She managed to be her own person despite everyone telling her how she should act. I also think the book has some good overall themes without being preachy. It briefly touched on some big issues such as drugs, violence, and rape. These kids may have lived in a religious household, but they were not immune to the realities that most teen face. The cons....I don't have anything negative to say about this book. The ending left room for another book which I am looking forward to devouring.
Black-Fury More than 1 year ago
I have had my fair share of books, and let me tell you, Bree Despain has captured my eye from the first glance on the shelf. Witty, sexy, dark and very sweet. I reccomend this book to all teenage love birds.
Iva93 More than 1 year ago
I started this book a few days ago. At first you think "oh did I miss something?" when they bring back a character, but it's the first and hopefully only book in the imaginary series. But I will say that it is gripping and hard to put down, even if it does have a dull moment here and there
TeamJacobGirl20 More than 1 year ago
Really really great book. I LOVED Grace Divine, she was so strong, stubborn, and totally fun to listen to (: Jude was the mystery character...You'd think Daniel would be the REAL hard one to figure out, but Jude always seemed a little off to me. Daniel was soo interesting to read about, also. I adored his character, and Grace~ When they would be together, and talk together. I didn't have a desire to look for this book on the shelves of B&N. I was actually looking for Jason and Kyra by Dana Davidson...But since I couldn't find it, the cover of this book was really interesting (I STILL don't know what it means LOL), so I picked it up, and read the little summary. Great plot, I love how you got little glimpses of the past in the book, and how Bree titled some paragraphs, like 'After Dinner' I liked how she gave us a better feel for the setting :-) I LOVED that it was in Minnesota (HEHEHE that's where I live)You don't really hear many people talking about Minnesota, except the book, Shiver, I think, right? It made the book very relatable, and I thought that this book was sooo sweet, and very edgy/ sexy!!!! I <3 u Daniel!!! LOL!! And Bree, you are an amazing author!!! TERRIFIC book, thanks!!! 10 stars in my head!!! <3 Lauren, TeamJacobGirl20 <3
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Three years ago, Grace Divine saw her brother, Jude, standing on their front porch covered in blood. Three years ago, Daniel disappeared. Three years later, Grace still doesn't know what happened or why Daniel left. Now, Daniel is back and those feelings that were buried just under the surface have come rushing back for Grace. Although not everyone is happy to see Daniel return - namely Jude, who has yet to forgive Daniel for whatever it was that happened three years ago. Now Grace must decide between being loyal to herself, or being loyal to her brother, and the consequences that both choices hold. Lying within all the threats and warnings surrounding Daniel, and Grace being involved with him, is still a secret that she needs an answer to. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more Grace starts to miss the innocence her life held before Daniel came back and before she found out something that affects her and everyone she holds dear. Can she save the ones she loves without losing herself, and her soul, in the process? This is one of those stories that is almost impossible not to fall into. Once I started, I couldn't put it down, not even for a minute. Daniel starts as your typical (ish) bad boy (I love when he's first introduced into the story!), and continues to push and pull you into this "is he or isn't he?" type of wonder throughout most of the story. Grace isn't the typical "dumb girl falls for bad boy" character either; she's not as simple as we've come to know lately, and yet she's not so complex that she's unrelatable. I actually enjoyed Grace, as she's very real. She gets flustered and annoyed as anyone else would, she has conflict, and she doesn't just make her decisions and say to hell with everyone and everything else. Of course she has her impulse "don't think, just do" moments, but everyone has those, and she takes the time to think about how her choices are going to affect the people around her. And like most of your bad boy types, Daniel is funny. He has these lines that just literally made me laugh (and get funny looks from the people/animals in the room), and he's not the only one. Each of the characters seem to have their moment(s) of amusement, even when it's not particularly supposed to be funny. There are so many moments in THE DARK DIVINE that will make you laugh, and even more that will make you simply think. One of Grace's biggest struggles comes from her religious background and beliefs (and being the daughter of the local pastor doesn't really help her cause much), and that's something else that makes her as a character easy to relate to. This is one of those books that has something for everyone; it's mysterious, romantic, fun, thrilling, and has a twist that made my jaw drop. It was like, I knew there was a twist, but I could never quite put my finger on what it was going to be, and that's very refreshing in a world where the twist is usually given away from the beginning. This is not your typical novel, and it's not one you'll want to miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Such a good story that you would never see coming. I sat down with it after dinner and finished it before bed without taking a break. It sucks you in and holds you there. I loved the characters, especially Daniel. Grace aggravated me a bit with her ever changing loyalty and feelings toward him but she came through in the end. I don't want to give anything away but I do reccommend this book to everyone. Finally a really good book that I had to fight to put down rather than pick up like all the other so-so's I've been reading lately. Buy it, you won't regret it!
monsterofbooks More than 1 year ago
What happens when you put the pastor's daughter, a bad boy, and a good brother together? You get a story that takes the prodigal son myth and gives it a supernatural spin. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I think it's pretty creative. Bree Despain gives her own myth/history/story line of the supernatural beings in the book. Now you must be thinking, Well that must be a complicated book! But guess what, it isn't. The author is able to mange that, not make it complicated, and it's understandable. Which is very nice, and easy for readers. The book is fast pasted, is easy to imagine, and a fun read. It's interesting to see how appearances can easily be deceived in this book. I mean one example of this is, everyone outside of Divine family think that the Divine's are a perfect, holy family. But really inside it's become very corrupt and they're having a hard time maintaining there role of a Pastor family. Which shows you shouldn't believe everything you see. The book will definitely make readers dying for more, but it isn't a cliffhanger. Also everything that confuses you through the book will be nicely explained at the end, which is perfect. Bree Despain writing style is clear, easy to understand and imagine, and definitely realistic. I give props to her for this being her debut novel, seeing as this book was truly divine. The Characters are very life-like and there motives and actions are understandable and very realistic. Though I felt that the emotion in the book was lacking, of course everything that was happening made sense. But when something happen to a character you wouldn't feel what the character would feel. Another thing that annoyed me was one of Grace's personality traits. This might just be me, but I felt that Grace was a bit closed minded. I mean she believed things to easily, and wouldn't change her mind until you practically shove the information in her face. Which made me, as a reader, a bit angry with her. But I think it's also might be very reasonable, seeing as she grew up in a family where she was taught to tell the truth and her family would tell her the truth as well. Which sort of taught her that believing the first thing she heard was the truth. But Grace also doesn't believe in the rumors everyone spreads about her at school, which could make this debatable. If your confused by this last little paragraph, your not alone. I understand what I'm trying to say in my head, but it's not coming out well on blog paper. The Last thing that confused me was the whole Gabriel thing. It was explained in the end, but it still left me thinking. If you haven't read the book then your probably going to find this little rant confusing. I understand that she read the letter many times, but does that mean she read it earlier? So when they kept talking about going to see Gabriel, she knew because of the letter. Or she didn't? My oh my!!! So now I'm going to talk about Daniel, and how much I loved him. He was very frustrated throughout the book, but as readers you cannot help but fall in love with him. Not much more to say then that.
Ron- More than 1 year ago
I was really intrigued with the plot of the book when i had looked up for new finds during this christmas break. I had anticipated for the arrival of this books since before december started and now that i have read the book, I'm in awe. Its a simple story yet compelling and innovative. Its a break from most cliches and at some points even really believable. Trust me on this one, its a great read. (Spolier ahead) Though i did hate what happened with Jude at the end :(
pagese More than 1 year ago
There's a lot of buzz about this book and for good reason! It fits right into the popular subject in teen fiction these days. But, it had more substance that a lot of books I've read. I really identified with Grace for some reason (and I think a lot of readers will). I liked her family dynamics. And Daniel was that elusive "bad" boy we love reading about. Maybe I wasn't reading the signs correctly, but for once I had a hard time figuring out the twists, and I loved that. I kept reading way past when I should have gone to bed because I had to know what happened next. Wonderful new book by a promising new author!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing! I won't spoil this, but at times the series got slow. However, it just makes you want to continue reading to find out how everything is tied into the perfect little knot. Yes, some people have said the characters aren't original and kind of agree (for me it was a mix between the Twilight Saga and alyson noel's Immortal series), but it never disappointed me because things just got way better than it did in those series. Sorry this review isn't the best, but it's hard to talk about an amazing book and not explain exact things that happened.
terferj More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was alright. A little predictable in some areas of the story. I kinda guessed early on who Daniel was especially after what happened with baby James. The story was an interesting one, it kept me up late a few days to read what was going to happen next. I only wished that Grace was written a little different. At times she was very naive and said/thought idiotic things but other than that she was an okay character. I liked the fact that most of the story has religion in it one way or another (dad's a pastor, goes to some religious school, etc.) and it's not rubbing your face in it completely. Me being in the opposite spectrum and it didn't bother me. So that was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Bree is from utah