Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

Book Details
The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
Hardcover, 416 Pages
2010, EgmontUSA
ISBN: 1606840584
Series: Book 2 of Dark Divine

The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel.  Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi.  She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved brother.  When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do.  She must become a Hound of Heaven.  Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero.  But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble.  Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung.  Readers, ravenous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.

I spent a lot of time during my reading of The Lost Saint wondering how Daniel could act like he was. At times, he irritated me to no end. Grace's love for him, her ability to save him, should have counted for something. And then I remembered, Grace and Daniel - they're teenagers. And everything made sense. They were acting their age, something we don't always see in young adult fiction, especially when it comes to relationships. That, along with all the other wonderfully realistic character traits carried on from The Dark Divine, is what makes this series wonderful.

While the religion in The Lost Saint remained non-preachy, it seemed a little more heavy handed than in The Dark Divine. The nature of the werewolf mythology in this series requires religion to be a focus, but it seemed like there was so much more of it in this book than the last. Perhaps how much you notice it will depend on how averse you are to religion in your fiction.

The story felt inevitable, yet still managed to be surprising along the way. That ending though, it demands a sequel and the sooner the better. Readers will be dying to know what comes next.


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