The Dark Divine
by Bree Despain
A prodigal son
A dangerous love
A deadly secret . . .
I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”
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 really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel'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 waited ages to get my copy of the book! And I got a copy of its ARC. My first ever ARC! I love the cover of the book. I think I'll get a hardbound if it's a signed copy.
The story goes directly in presenting the conflict. Something happened in the past and it has returned. Daniel Kalbi suddenly appeared in the school, back into Grace's life after disappearing with her brother, Jude all bloodied. The event seems like a premonition that things are about to change in Grace's world.
The story is not laced up with unnecessary imagery but with emotions of how you loved, still love, and caught-in-between people you love. Sometimes making choices can mean saving the people who care about but not without sacrificing another.
I love the way Bree Despain depicted the relationship of Grace and Daniel. Of how you loved someone, got heartbroken and feel like that over and over again at the sight of him. There's also the conflict in the Divine's household where they are required to done a picture-perfect image for the community (as the family of the local pastor), it only adds to the pressure of dealing their own conflicts especially now that things are started to happen.
A must read! Can't wait for the sequel, the Dark Saint.