Title: The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine #2)
Author: Bree Despain
Published: December 28th 2010 by Egmont USA
Source: Arc provided by Around The World
*IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE DARK DIVINE, PLEASE STOP READING NOW! The synopsis contains spoilers!*
Synopsis: A family destroyed. A love threatened. An enemy returns.
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.
Thoughts: The thing about sequels is, it has to leave you on the edge of your seat. It has to make you crave more. Well, The Lost Saint does all this and more. Words cannot truly describe how intense and wonderful this book is!
Lets do a bit of a background check, shall we? The story takes place 10 months after The Dark Divine ends. As you remember, Grace has cured Daniel, Jude infected Grace with the werewolf venom, and Jude ran away. Grace's family needs her now more than ever. With Jude gone, each member of the family must find a way to cope. What does this mean for Grace? It means she must be strong for them. With that in mind, she must also learn to keep her inner wolf at bay. Daniel begins to teach Grace balance, as well as how to fight, but soon his teachings are interrupted by a surprising guest.
After a dangerous run-in with Pete and his crew, Daniel begins to pull away from Grace. He gives her vague excuses as to why he's being so distant. Without Daniel there to keep her balanced, the wolf inside Grace begins to take over. Then Grace meets Talbot. Talbot says he's a Hound of Heaven and can help train Grace. But what if Talbot isn't who he seems? What if he's more dangerous than Grace can ever imagine?
I'll stop there. What I've picked up from reading many, many sequels this year is the recipe will always contain what I now will call the sequel trifecta.
1. The romance will be tested. How, you ask? It's actually a combination of several different things. New characters will be introduced and begin to stir up drama and/or love triangles, the main characters begin keeping secrets from one another, and emotions will run wild. The Lost Saint is no different. I mean, I don't think there's point one in the book where Grace and Daniel's relationship isn't tested. Though frustrating, it makes for a fun, interesting read.
2. The past will make an appearance. As you can see from the synopsis, Jude somehow plays a role in this book. How and when? Well, you'll have to read it to find it out.
3. The oh so ever frustrating cliffhanger. I honestly think this is the best/worst cliffhanger I've read in ages. I almost, ALMOST, threw the book against the wall. Since the book is a loaner, I didn't. But had it been my own copy, I would have! In a way, the ending of The Lost Saint is quite poetic. I never, not in a million years, not even on my best detective days, ever saw it coming. For crying out loud, the book hasn't been released yet, and I'm already itching for the third book!
Now that you know what the sequel trifecta is, lets move on to the swoon-worthy boy. Daniel is a great candidate for this category. Though he lost a lot of his edge, he replaces it with this sweetness I can't describe. Even though he becomes distant and his actions become tiresome, I can't help but love this kid. He has his reasons for doing the things he does, but they won't be revealed till towards the end. And how sweet is it when a guy is willing to do whatever it takes to save the girl he loves most? Some of the things he says to Grace not only got my heart racing, but had me grinning like a fool. He's my kind of wolfy-but-not-so-wolfy-anymore guy.
All in all, The Lost Saint is an action packed, edge of your seat, fun filled ride. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not a satisfying read, thanks to it's very frustrating ending, but it is a good one. It'll have you craving for more days, weeks, months after you finish it.