I didn’t think I could find a Young-Adult Paranormal Romance story I would hate as much as Twilight. Then I read ‘The Dark Divine’. I realize that I will not always sympathize with the main character, so a YA Reader who can sympathize will probably find this book less of a headache. However, this is not a book I would recommend to others.
– Interesting cover. I received a jacket-less hardcover on loan from a friend, so I didn’t see the cover until afterwords, but it’s quite interesting.
– Paranormal influences aren’t revealed immediately.
– Subtle religious allusions.
– Explanation of characters last name. Made the name seem less forced.
– Little action. Normally, I wouldn’t mind, but I never felt suspense or fear for the main character. I kept reading only to see if something would happen.
– Overly naive protagonist. I can accept naivety, but this felt over the top. The main character was highly irrational and let her feelings get in the way, but this never stopped. She was very hypocritical, and I was supposed to feel sorry for her, but I didn’t. There was no development of the character during the story.
– Stereotype characters. The angry older brother, jealous friend, pious religious father, etc. The characters felt ‘fake’.
-Little coherence in plot.
-Underdeveloped idea of werewolves.
– Melodrama. I can’t even call it ‘teen angst’ anymore.
– Not so subtle religious allusions. (Her brother, ‘Jude’ as an example.)
Overall, I found this book painful to read. I don’t like to complain about the font or text in the book, since I believe it’s the story that really matters, but I found myself taking out my contacts and holding the book far away so the bolded font didn’t hurt my eyes.
While I disliked the main character, I didn’t feel like I hated her. That would have given me some sort of feeling or reaction to the book. Instead, I was bored, disappointed by the plot and werewolf concept.
I felt like the author wrote a story, went ‘Oh, werewolves are popular’, and then tried to make her werewolves ‘original’. I was highly disappointed, and will not recommend this book.
**Read this book some time ago, tried to upload review, but internet has been hatin’.