October 1, 2010
The Dark Divine by Bree Dispaine
(AR 4 .5 )
Grace Divine seems to have it made. She’s a talented artist and a pretty good student and her older brother, Jude, is the darling of the upper class — good looking and generous.
But then a boy with dark shaggy hair shows up in art class. He’s eerily talented and something about him sets her on edge. Then Grace realizes that it is Daniel Kalbi. He’d lived in their home and had been Jude’s best friend, but then something happened. Something bad. Daniel disappeared, Jude came home covered in his own blood and his parents forbade any mention of Daniel and refused to tell Grace what had happened. Still, he had been one of her best friends too and Grace desperately wants to know what happened even if it was years ago.
Still something bad is loose. An elderly woman is found dead. Pets go missing and then a teen age girl disappears.
Could Daniel be involved? Or is he really there to help?
Then Grace’s baby brother disappears and Daniel takes off to find him. He seems to pull scent from the air and makes a leaping catch that isn’t humanly possible.
Don’t consider this a Twilight remake although with the supernatural element comparisons are natural. This book is strongly rooted in Faith — Grace’s Faith in God, her Faith in her father, her brother and Daniel and even her Faith in her herself.
While the book got off to a fairly slow start, when it grabs you, it simply does not let go.
This is definitely a girl’s book with the romantic subplot and the swooning over various well-muscled specimen. But there is also a great deal of physical action and adventure. Younger readers will be hooked by the adventure aspect and while there is some violence, the vast majority takes place “off screen.” There is also a thwarted date rape. Still, the way it is handled, not low key but with very few details, the book is still suitable to younger readers.
This book would also be a good platform for discussing forgiveness, good vs evil and truth.
A sequel is coming in December and I, for one, am looking forward to revisiting these characters.