Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
I loved that Grace’s family has good values and morals, and they go out of their way to help others. I really liked Grace. She’s a great character, and she’s really what made the story so enjoyable for me. I got a little worried when she started in on her 'fixing' streak, but was reassured when she realized a key thing about helping others: they have to want to be helped. Many people don’t get that, so it was good to see here.
I had a few minor complaints. I think that Grace was too quick to believe Daniel’s explanation, even though I figured it out before she did. :) But the explanation is so abnormal that she should have freaked out and questioned everything. At the very least, she shouldn’t have believed it right off the bat. I also thought the ending was a bit too neat. That said, I also kind of expected it, given who Grace is.
My one big issue was with Pete. I didn’t like him at all, and felt the story would have been stronger without him. He seemed like an extra, even with the role he plays at the end. I realize what he was supposed to be, and Despain handled it well, but I would have much preferred it if he wasn’t there.
Overall, I liked the book. I wouldn't call it my favorite, but I still liked it. I’m really looking forward to the sequel, because I'd like to read more about Grace and how she deals with her new predicament. That’s going to make for some interesting reading! :)