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 held.
The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry, glint in his eyes.
The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boys' 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 (from Goodreads).
Another book from the library, lucky for me they had the second book in this series as well. I finished reading this book and it was alright read. There was nothing original to this book, it like so many other YA book; boy loves girl, girl loves a boy but a boy is werewolf or vampire, etc.
This book places a lot of emphasis on religion, so it goes on a lot about grace, divine, God, good, bad, and fogginess. Actually one of its main topic is forgiveness and how we have to forgive everything. Which I find ridiculous, some things can be forgiven and forgotten, but there are things that can not be forgiven (and Jude is perfect example). To tell you the truth I was getting bored with this part of the book, forgive this forgive that, God this and that. Grace’s family is very religious, and very much goody two shoes, they are very involved in community and help ones in need. But for some reason they take it to another level. I mean I am involved in my community, I volunteer and collect money for different charities, but I do not do it because it’s what God wants. I do it because I want to.
Daniel was an interesting character, well he started out interestingly but by the end of the book he was just boring. I feel that book jumps from the beginning to the end, with no middle ground. First we have mystery about why Daniel left in the first place and why her family never talks about him. This goes on for more than half of the book, but then all of sudden it jumps to the end where Grace know everything and she is trying to save him, get this because she is “grace”. Relationship between Daniel and Grace had no middle ground, we pretty much jump from them getting reacquainted to declaring undying love for each other.
Plot line was sound and alright, but there were some contradictions. First we find out what Daniel did to Jude (Grace’s brother) and at this point Grace stops talking to him. I really did not understand why. Anyways, later on in the book, towards the end, Grace says something like “I did not know you bit my brother.” Which I found to be contradictory to what happened previously when she found what Daniel did to Jude. There are several other contradiction in the book, but I do not want to list every single one.
Overall this was alright read, there was nothing new or amazing about; there was nothing that made it stand out from sea of other YA books with similar plot lines. There were lot of positive things in this book but they were undermined by the things that I did not like. I wish that religion didn’t play that big of a part in this book, or that Grace was not so whinny, but rather take charge of the situation kind of character. I found that Grace spend most of the book asking questions, why, how, where, who, what and so on. Book cover is another thing that I did not understand and how it fit with the story. It really did not fit with the book, it was more for aesthetic reason. Also book cover for book two in the series is exactly the same just different colour. Am I missing something?
I give this book 3/5 STARS and happy reading