Monday, January 17, 2011
The Dark Divine fell slightly short for me because it had the same basic formula for most YA paranormal novels: Clueless girl (Grace) meets mysterious boy (Daniel) + boy tells her to scram + her family doesn't like him and proves he's no good for her + he seems dangerous and not quite human, yet she leaps at him with reckless abandon anyway = perfect love story? Hm.
Even though Grace and Daniel are supposed to be the center of this story, I remember with vivid clarity the character of Grace's brother, Jude. Here was the most interesting character in the book and wanted to see more of him. Jude was a complex character, who held an old grudge, which slowly unfolds throughout the novel. Plus he was fiercely protective of his family. He had that gorgeous, mysterious thing going in his own right. This is a guy I want to read more about!
The pages of The Dark Divine turn quickly, and Bree Despain takes her time in building her characters.
The sequel to The Dark Divine entitled The Lost Saint, was just released December 28, 2010. Even though I was not blown away by The Dark Divine, I put my hold in place at the library for the sequel.
As much as I complain about the same formula used all over YA fiction...the formula works and I'm a sucker for it.
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About the Book:
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (December 22, 2009)
Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo.