Saturday, April 14, 2012
The Savage Grace: All wrapped up with a pretty bow...
The Savage Grace: A Dark Divine Novel
By Bree Despain
Hardcover, 488 pages
Egmont USA, March 12, 2012
A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.
Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything.
With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace's shoulders.
The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a breathtaking conclusion.
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEE THE DARK DIVINE SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Despain's trilogy comes to the PERFECT end in The Savage Grace. I certainly saw Despain's talent and storytelling grow with each book in the series. I could picture the fight scenes in my mind, the pain of the characters, and connect with the metaphor of the wolf. The conflicts and solutions were so seamlessly stitched together to an ending that wraps everything up in a nice bow...well, almost--spoiler (there's still the fear of Talbot's existence to the pack...will there be a follow-up story, I wonder?). She kept me guessing with several of the characters: who's side are they really on--up until the very end. I could feel the conflict Grace felt from within and the scenes between her and Daniel were...well...ahhhh...swoon.
The only things I was slightly annoyed about were:
1) The Color Coral: yes, I really really don't. like. it. Grace's cape was coral, her bed sheets were coral...I've seen coral-colored bed sheets, and they remind me of an 80-year-old woman's house. I always pictured her in a dark blue or velvet purple--never coral.
2) Whoever proofread this may have been doing it at 2 in the morning; there were way too many grammatical errors making it frustrating to read.
3) I had forgotten a lot of what happened in book 1 and 2 (especially all the werewolf lore) that made reading this one confusing at times as I tried to remember what an Urbat or Akh was, how the werewolf infection worked, and Talbot's relationship with Grace in Book 2. I think it would have been easier if I read each book right after the other.
4) What happened to the gorgeous covers of the first 2?! Don't get me wrong; it's a "nice" cover but there is some awkwardness to the image. Why are there hands when the first 2 didn't? And the font is different...and the dress color?
Overall though, I'm just a sucker for paranormal romance or for wolves or for butt-kicking chicks or for childhood crushes...Overall, The Savage Grace left me with that heart aching feeling you get after reading a story and wishing you could live in that world for just a little longer.
Rated: 5++++++ Zombie Bites.
The Savage Grace: A Dark Divine Novel is available at bookstores everywhere. What are you waiting for!