A Family Destroyed A Love Threatened An Enemy ReturnsGrace Divine Made The Ultimate Sacrifice To Cure Daniel Kalbi She Was Infected With The Werewolf Curse While Trying To Save Him, And Lost Her Beloved Brother In The ProcessDesperate To Find Jude, Grace Befriends Talbot, A Newcomer To Town But As The Two Grow Closer, Grace S Relationship With Daniel Is Put In Danger In Ways Than OneUnaware Of The Dark Path She Is Walking, Grace Begins To Give Into The Wolf Inside Of Her Not Realizing That An Enemy Has Returned And A Deadly Trap Is About To Be SprungBree Despain Delivers Sizzling Romance And Thrilling Action In The Heart Pounding Sequel To The The Dark Divine Reviewed by Andrea for TeensReadToo.comWhen Grace Divine saved Daniel from the curse of the werewolf, she was bitten by her brother, Jude, and was burdened with the curse, as well Now, Daniel is training her to balance the wolf side of her self, her superpower side, and her normal human side But when Daniel becomes distant and doesn t think it s a good idea to train any, Grace turns to a new guy in her life.Talbot thinks Grace needs to train and helps her learn how to use her power And all Grace wants is to use that power to find her brother But using her wolf ish powers can have the very effect that she doesn t want to have happen.I have a truly horrible memory when it comes to remembering plots of books and movies And while sometimes, once I start to read a sequel, it will all come back to me, unfortunately it didn t happen with this book So after a couple of chapters I had to go look up a spoiler summary of THE DARK DIVINE And once I did that, I remembered why I had loved the first book so much.This book was a roller coaster of emotions I loved Daniel and Grace together, and then I didn t like Daniel because of his behavior and I was starting to like Talbot There were times I felt both hopeful and hopeless about Jude Yeah, I was never sure which guy to trust and like It made for an intriguing and gripping story.I don t think I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first in the series, but I think that s because Daniel and Grace s relationship was kind of strained in this book And I felt that there was a lot action in the book and not so much a character driven storyline But that doesn t make it bad It definitely makes it a gripping read and one that I couldn t put down And the endOh boy, I definitely didn t see that one coming And how I want the next book now so that I can find out what happens next Once again, the cover is absolutely gorgeous Both the cover for THE DARK DIVINE and the cover for THE LOST SAINT are so totally striking I just love the coloring Although an engaging follow up to its prequel, The Dark Divine, I have to say, I was a little bit disappointed by this book.Perhaps my expectations were just too high for this book, but I found the plot line rather predictable compared to the awesomeness of the first one Daniel aggravated me until the very end of the book, and despite my unwavering support in The Dark Divine, I felt his withdrawn, secretive nature was a bit too much when applied to their situation here.Other characters too seemed rather flat to me, reminding me too much of ones in other stories Grace was Nora, from Becca Fitzpatrick s Hush, Hush series, Jude was Thomas, Tessa s brother from Cassandra Clare s most recent book, Clockwork Angel, Daniel was a mixture of Sarah Rees Brennan s Alan andMaggie Stiefvater s Sam, from Shiver, Katie was Olivia from Beautiful Darkness, Grace s mother is Katniss s mother from The Hunger Games The list goes on I was upset at how similar these characters all seemed to come together here, because I loved The Dark Divine and I hate that it reminds me now of so many other things instead of holding its own Some lines felt too cheesy to me, and many revelations seemed too forced, although I won t go into detail because I want to keep this review spoiler free My other biggest issue with this book was irksome than really unpleasent, but I really feel like it needs to be addressed.Grace, as readers of The Dark Divine will know, is a pastor s daughter She is Protestant and the supernatural creatures in this series are explained using the Bible Grace and her family are of the Christian religion None of these things bother me.BUT The Lost Saint was preachier than I would have expected With talk of abstinance, God, and too many in my opinion underlying themes of how to be a proper Christian, The Lost Saint had some parts that were just downright uncomfortable for me to read If the author had delved into a deeper explanation for this route for example, about Grace s Christian upbringing or why exactly she believes so steadfastly in the Protestant God I would have been okay with this, but her thoughts seemed to be placed at random moments and my assumption when reading it was that the author was trying to persuade readers that the Christian way was the right way I m not sure if this was her intention or not, but it just kind of rubbed me the wrong way, reading all about how God always believed in you and why Grace thought sex before marriage was wrong.Other than those things though, I really enjoyed this book I guess with the above it might not come off that way, but there are just so many redeeming factors that I can t even explain.Grace, for example, remains genuine, strong, and overall pleasent to read about I loved the new characters and I liked learning about minor characters like Grace s siblings Charity and Baby James Grace s best friend April was always a pleasure to read about and I liked how we saw her evolve without Grace s help behind the scenes I could understand the motivations of every single character and I had fun predicting the twists and turns the story took They were smart and I thought about the book constantly, reading the entire thing in one sitting I m glad Bree Despain ended on a cliffhanger because I wasn t sure how many books there were going to be now I know there will at least be one for me to devour, like Grace wanted to devour Daniel at one point in this book Overall, I m giving The Lost Saint four out of five stars because as I said, some parts were a little weird, but as a whole, I adore Ms Despain s clever storytelling and wilingess to give her characters realistic flaws but also strengths The execution was beautiful as always and I applaud her style and creativity in writing such a great follow up to one of my favourite YA novels to date, The Dark Divine. The Lost Saint is even better than the first book It s full of fun twists and turns and ends with a shocking cliffhanger, which is my favorite kind I still don t get the legs on the cover but this is a great story and I look forward to getting my hands on the next one It s a really fun series. What an ending O0It was a great book even though I wanted to punch Grace and Daniel in the face for acting like total losers around each other I felt sorry for Talbot Hopefully we will get a chance to see of him in the third book. No pondering CLEAN CUT after 59 pages And I simply use of my status comments as my review which feels like re heating yesterdays dinner somehow, but also fits since the book itself seems to be reheated and rechewed, too I had low expectations concerning the first book in the series and ended up liking it a lot, but not loving it Usually I abhor second installments that do not go forward, but backward, you know Like questioning the love you ve just found, being secretive again, holding back physically, yada, yada, yada And if I had read the blurb critically I would have known exactly what I got myself A backward pedalling story Hmm Maybe the blurb was nor written when I placed my pre order That would be a really nice consolation for my ego But I do not really believe it It s likelier that I was so baffled about the positive surprise that I just clicked. Good but not as enjoyable as the first, 3.5 starsEarlier this year, I devoured Bree Despain s debut novel, THE DARK DIVINE, in one sitting and loved it While I enjoyed THE LOST SAINT, it didn t quite live up to its predecessor Grace made the ultimate sacrifice to save Daniel s soul and lost herself to the werewolf curse Ten months later, she and Daniel are still together, but Grace s family is falling apart After Grace receives a cryptic phone call from her brother, she knows what she must do she must harness her new powers to find Jude and bring him home When Daniel and her father tell her to pull back, she befriends a newcomer, Talbot, who promises he can help her As secrets push Grace and Daniel apart, the stakes become higher when an old threat returns and puts everyone at risk For those looking for action and a darker tone than the first novel, THE LOST SAINT will hit the spot The writing remains clear and quickly readable, and the darker plot touches on issues like what motivates our behavior The action based plot moves things along steadily, especially toward the end Grace grows as a character, even though she faces some significant low points, and the mythology is expanded to show the reader how the wolf claims those with the curse New characters like Talbot and a host of demons mix things up, and previous ones, like Gabriel and April, take on important roles Though many will enjoy the fast pace and action, I missed the previous focus on character development and romance The plot twists felt too predictable after the author dropped certain hints, such as who would be the villain s Portions of the plot also felt like a mishmash of so many other werewolf and paranormal books I ve read lately other than the religion and family aspects, this installment didn t feel nearly as unique as the first While the religious and moral lessons in the first book didn t come across as preachy, things were heavy handed this time, making it feel less like a book for a general audience The novel also closed on a significant cliffhanger, which was frustrating Despite these qualms, I m still very impressed with Despain s writing, and I m looking forward to what the next installment in the series will bring for Grace, Daniel, and the people that surround them. 3.5 stars Honestly, I do not know why I am giving this book a 3.5 rating when it deserves a slightly lower one.Not to jump on the let s bash paranormal romance by labeling it as a Twilight ripoff bandwagon, but I have to admit, The Lost Saint was exactly the same as New Moon Once in love boyfriend grows distant with a mysterious secret, girl is completely clueless and relentlessly questioning, new guy shows up to test the girl s affection for the original guy yes, it is all here.For some reason, I still liked this book though Probably not because of its originality, because it barely has any, but some mysterious factor I cannot seem to place Maybe just the overall story itself.Well, I am too tired to provide adequate reasoning for my rating of this book, but I ll end with this note read this if you liked The Dark Divine or Twilight, do not read this if you did not like The Dark Divine or Twilight That simple.Want to read of my reviews Follow me here. Is there some kind of rule that say the second book has to be an emotional roller coaster This one was filled with drama and major emotions Grace saved Daniel Thinking everything was okay, things all of the sudden began to change Daniel becomes distant leaving a wide open space for a new boy to come in Grace is lonely and that is bad Grace begins to lies and falls into a trap that she doesn t see.First off, major emotions Poor Grace After all that she has done, Daniel goes and treats her badly He stops answering calls, stood her up on dates, and just become different Grace becomes agitated She is hurt a lot and let her emotions play her Instead of doing rational things, she allows her emotions to over run and is always putting herself in danger I was glad for one that she wanted to be strong, that she can prove that she didn t need Daniel But I felt like Grace only responded that way because of Daniel His fault.Daniel leaves for the same reason all guys leave in the second book They don t want to hurt the girl, they are better off without them, blah, blah, freaking blah Seriously, I m so over this plot Daniel is dumb and need to get his head out of his butt.Even though the plot is overplayed, I still enjoyed it The writing and the way the emotions played out was good The characters were brought to life as the emotions flowed freely through her writing The new boy in the book made for a great change He certainly was cute and an eye opener for Grace Although I am sad that it had to end badly The secrets in this book did have me gasping I couldn t believe the things that were happening I was just taken back and WOWed.As I said before I didn t really like the plot between Grace and Daniel But the rest of the book was good The family betrayal I had not seen and I admit I was even hurt by it It was shocking and well.it was good. A lot happened in this book but not enough for me to rate it any higher than a three stars.
The Short Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at risk, inner city teens from Philadelphia and New York She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo The Dark Divine is Bree s debut novel.The Long As a kid, Bree would staple folded papers to make her own
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- The Lost Saint
- Bree Despain
- 20 June 2019 Bree Despain