Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (& an ARC Giveaway)

In honor of the upcoming (Dec. 28) release of Bree Despain’s second Grace Divine novel, The Lost Saint, let’s talk about the first one, THE DARK DIVINE…and at the close of the blog post, an ARC GIVEAWAY. 

THE OFFICIAL SCOOP: 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.
THE AUTHOR:  Bree Despain 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. The Dark Divine was her first novel.
MY THOUGHTS: The Dark Divine is one of those Young Adult paranormals that makes me forget it’s YA. It’s just good storytelling about a group of characters I quickly came to care about, with high stakes and a satisfying payoff at the end. The suspense and play of emotions is intense without ever dipping into melodrama. I can’t wait for the new one!

THE GIVEAWAY: I still have an ARC of The Dark Divine I’ll give away to a commenter. (There’s also still time today to win the ARC of Paula Brackston’s upcoming release, The Witch’s Daughter–see post below). As always, one entry for comment, +1 for blog follower, +1 for Twitter follower here @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for tweet or retweet.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

20 thoughts on “Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (& an ARC Giveaway)

  1. Oh I loved The Dark Devine!!! I so can’t wait for The Lost Saint to come out…Since I already have this book… I don’t need to be included in to this drawing…


  2. Bree is coming to my town to sign books this month and I realized I haven’t even picked up a copy of the Dark Divine yet! ah! It would be awesome to win, but if I don’t you bet i’ll be picking this one up before the end of the month! Thanks for the opportunity to win it !

  3. I forgot to mention in my message above that I follow your blog and your twitter accounts and have re-tweeted your giveaway!

  4. Saw your tweet–I also haven’t read the Wheel of Time series, although I have the first one sitting on the shelf waiting. Another late comment re male urban fantasy writers: I am in the process of reading Ben Aaronovitch’s “Midnight Riot” and I’m really enjoying it so far. And finally, please enter me into the drawing, +2 Twitter and blog follow. Thank you!

  5. I love that not only are the covers yeycatching, but it’s great that they are keeping the consitency within the series! And I also love the marketing idea of the nail polish 😀

    I would love to read The Lost Saint! 🙂

    +1 old and loyal blog follower 🙂
    +1 commented
    +1 tweeted here:
    +1 follow you on Twitter as @Stella_ExLibris

    Thank you! 🙂

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com