The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
The gorgeous cover was the first thing to attract me to this title, but when I stated reading it I was quickly swept up in this paranormal romance. Sixteen-year-old Grace Divine has the perfect family: her dad is a local pastor, her mom is amazing, and Grace’s brother one year older who is practically perfect in everyone’s eyes. What’s not so great about her family is that they never talk about the big problems, like what really happened when her brother Jude ended up beat up and bloodied on their front porch three years ago. And what that had to do with the his best friend Daniel’s disappearance right afterwards. Her family had taken Daniel in after his abusive family had practically abandoned him, and he had become like another sibling, even though Bree had to admit she had a tiny crush on him. His disappearing without a trace had devastated Bree, but no one in the family would even discuss him.
Now, he’s reappeared at school, trying to complete high school so he “can attend art school,” according to what he tells Bree at least. But Jude can’t stand to even look and him, and makes Grace promise to stay away from his former best friend. Surprisingly, Grace’s dad seems more accepting, helping Daniel find a place to stay and allowing him to do odd jobs around the church. Grace’s problem is that her crush has turned serious, and while Daniel seems to feel the same way, Jude keeps insisting that she and her dad are being manipulated by Daniel. Add to this the fact that animals and people have begun to disappear and turn up looking like they’ve been attacked by dogs.
What I especially liked about this book was that although it had romance, there was a huge mystery that ends with a stupendous reveal in the last chapter. This is perfect “escape” reading!!!