Title: The Dark Divine
Author: Bree Despain
Published: Dec. 2009 by Egmont USA
Description: 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.
I Give This Book 4 Stars!
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!!