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    Review: The Lost Saint

    The Lost Saint by Bree Despain is the second book in the Dark Divine series. It was released in the U.S. in hardcover, audio and eBook formats on December 28, 2010. The print edition is 416 pages.

    Synopsis from the author’s website. Don’t read if you haven’t read the first book in the series CONTAINS SPOILERS:

    Grace 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 process. 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 is put in danger—in more ways than one.

    Unaware 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 sprung.

    It’s ten months later and Grace’s life still hasn’t returned to normal – or at least as close to normal as she’s going to get given the events that went down with Daniel and her brother Jude.

    Jude is still missing and her Mom alternates between being in overprotective mode and acting like the living dead. Her Dad is gone all the time, supposedly looking for Jude, and neglecting his fatherly duties and responsibilities as Pastor, leaving her, her sister Charity and her baby brother James to fend for themselves.

    When Grace gets a call from Jude and discovers cryptic messages telling her not to trust someone, she is determined to find him, uncover the meaning behind his warnings and save him as she promised she would. But when she turns to Daniel looking for help, he pulls away, pleading with her not to go looking on her own.

    As he becomes more and more secretive, she wonders if Daniel was the one her brother warned her about. And when she meets someone who is willing to help her harness her abilities and try to track down Jude, she is more than ready to accept his assistance.

    Sneaking around and not confiding in Daniel are things Grace never thought she would do, but with Daniel’s lack of trust in her, why should she listen to him? As she grows closer to her mentor and friend Nathan Talbot, will she be willing to walk away from her relationship with Daniel, the one she was willing to sacrifice everything for in the first place?

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    The Lost Saint is the second novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain. It continues the story of Grace Divine as she attempts to get control over her newly acquired abilities and find her brother so that her family can be made whole once again. In her quest to do so, her relationship with Daniel suffers and the control she so desperately wants begins to slip further and further away.

    This is yet another brilliantly written story by Ms. Despain. The book starts right off with a riveting prologue that will immediately have you questioning everything.

    What at first seems like a typical plot with an elusive boyfriend, a lack of communication, a girl turning to someone else for affection and a pretty straightforward mystery, The Lost Saint is instead quite a surprise. Each character raises suspicions and at every turn someone new rises to the top of the list. When you think you’ve got everything figured out, think again.

    The story is climactic and builds to an explosive and heartbreaking conclusion that will leave you hanging as Grace once again proves to be a worthy and lovable heroine.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I absolutely loved the first book in the series. It was actually the rather subtle but pretty cover that made me buy it in the first place. I had no idea what it was about or where it was leading. I remember being at the edge of my seat for the second half of the book and completely blow-away by its ending. Needless to say, I’ve had this book on my pre-order list for ages.

    When I first started to read this I wasn’t sure if I completely remembered everything from the first book, but it all came back within pages. A lengthy retelling was not necessary to bring back all the events from book one. The first story was so different and the storyline stood out making this series very memorable.

    I spent the first half of the book so frustrated with Grace and Daniel and the second half completely on-edge, wondering what might happen. I was completely shocked by the ending which is a really good thing. Who wants predictable? And a few definite tearful moments thrown in – yes I did sob just a little bit – made this such a perfect story to read in one sitting. Grace may in fact truly be “the Divine One.”

    (And I love the fact that the author includes that Grace’s dad believes that: anything important could be found in a book. So totally true!)

    This series is definitely a re-read and I’d like to read both books back-to-back just to have the experience of discovering this as one complete story.

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    At the time of this review I don’t have any information on the next book in the series, but with the cliffhanger ending, hopefully one is forthcoming next December (or sooner)!

    Click here to read the gripping prologue of The Lost Saint from the author’s website.

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    If you haven’t read the first book in the series, The Dark Divine, here is a peek at Chapter 1 from the author’s website.

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    Book Watch: The Lost Saint (Book 2 in the Dark Divine series)

    The Lost Saint is the second novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain. It is scheduled to be released on December 28, 2010 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats and is available now for pre-order.

    Description of the first book in the series, The Dark Divine from the author’s website:

    Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—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 she’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 it—her soul.

    The long awaited sequel, The Lost Saint, continues the story of Grace, Daniel and Jude. As the description contains spoilers for those who haven’t read The Dark Divine, it is not being posted here. To read the synopsis on the author’s website, click here.

    The Dark Divine was the debut novel for the author and it and The Lost Saint are definite must reads for readers interested in the YA paranormal genre.

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