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The Dark Divine - Bree Despain For this review and more visit my blog

I had heard a lot of good things about this book before I picked it up, and thankfully I was not disappointed. I really liked this book, somehow it got under my skin and I couldn’t put it down which lead to a very late night.

To be honest this book is not all that dissimilar from a lot of other YA books out there. The setup is not exactly new and it reminded me of Twilight in parts. You have a good wholesome girl and a dark, dangerous and uber attractive guy, they fall in love despite all the problems and dangers and all sorts of supernatural shenanigans ensue. It is a familiar story, but Dark Divine does things a little bit differently and it is these things that made me prefer this over other books of its genre, especially Twilight.

The first ‘thing’ is that behind the hot werewolf and angst driven love story this book is actually quite deep. There are tonnes of messages and ideas about family, faith, forgiveness, jealousy, betrayal, mortality, illness, love, lust and hero worship. These are the themes that drive everything else (even the romance) and is essentially the backbone of the whole book.

The characters face a lot of moral dilemmas, again this is not new, but in Dark Divine these dilemmas are talked and thought about, there are no judgements, no ‘this is right from wrong so our characters must comply’ feeling that I sometimes get from other YA books. I liked this approach; it was more grown up and more real.

All of this was complimented by a great cast of characters. Grace is just a normal girl stuck between her heart and head, the love of her life and her brother. She had a few silly moments where I wanted to slap her upside the head but for the most part she was fine. I liked that she didn’t always have to be saved and that it was down to her to be the hero.

The best character by far is Daniel, I found him impossible not to like. He was gorgeous, mysterious, talented, caring and funny. But most importantly he was not overbearing or over protective. He asked Grace to do stuff like stay in because it might be dangerous but he didn’t force her. He was utterly swoon worthy and I adored him.

The storyline and plot are pretty sound also. There are a couple of bits that made me frown and a couple of clichés but nothing major. There were parts that I saw coming a mile away and parts that managed to surprise me. Most importantly this book was extremely entertaining and really well written.

I enjoyed this immensely and cannot wait to get stuck into the next book in the series.