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. â€œTell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?â€
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappearedâ€”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 sheâ€™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 itâ€”her soul.
I was one of the people who loved Twilight at the start of its hype. Iâ€™m not really embarrassed to admit it â€“ curiosity got me to check it out after reading a post by a blogger friend raving about the saga. I found it in a bookstore near where I work, bought it, and devoured it over a weekend. I admit to also falling in love with Edward Cullen and the romance, and then falling for Jacob and all his wolfish charms by the second book. I was never a rabid fan, but I liked the saga up until I read the last book. After Breaking Dawn, I turned my back on Stephenie Meyer for making an ending like that.
I wonâ€™t go into detail why I stopped liking the saga, but whenever I run into other supernatural romances, I canâ€™t help but compare them to Twilight. Wait, a correction: whenever I come across any supernatural romances with vampires or werewolves, I canâ€™t help but compare them to Twilight, probably because itâ€™s the first book I read on that genre. I also blame it on all the hype the Twilight Saga gets.
2010 Challenge Status:
* Book # 29 out of 100 for 2010
* Book # 13 out of 20 Fantasy books for 2010