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The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: December 28th 2010
Buy it from: Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!)
Bronze star (2/5 stars)

Synopsis: A family destroyed. A love threatened. An enemy returns.

Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with he werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process.

Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot, a newcomer to town. But as the two grow closer, Grace’s 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.

Bree Despain delivers sizzling romance and thrilling action in the heart-pounding sequel to the The Dark Divine.

Review: Having read The Dark Divine, I knew better than to have high expectations for The Lost Saint.

First and foremost, I did not love the first novel, The Dark Divine. While everyone found it amazing and raved about it, I was quite the opposite. It was one of those ‘meh’ kind of books, nothing impressive. The Lost Saint was better than the predecessor but still fell short. It was too cliché and it did not take me long to figure out what was going on. Honestly I can’t say too much without revealing the whole plot because it was so obvious but Grace was clueless (as usual).

Grace was extremely naive in this novel, she began to trust and doubt the wrong people. It seems to be growing increasingly popular to have some sort of conflict in the romance during the second novel of a series. Crescendo, Blue Moon, Ascendant… just to name a few. The whole thing (it wasn’t exactly a romance) with a certain someone was wrong and not to mention implausible. Keeping secrets from your boyfriend and going against his wishes? Tell me how am I suppose to believe Grace was madly in love with Daniel when she started having suspicions about him and sneaking behind his back. Sometimes I wanted to dive into the book and strangle shake her and ask her why she was doing such stupid things.

In the novel I sensed that Despain was trying to add some spunk to Grace to show that she was not a meek character but it gave me the impression that Grace wanted an early death. Her fearlessness came off as stupidity and if anything, further made me despise Grace. Although the mythology in the novel was creative, I would find my eyes occasionally glazing over it, just purely because I couldn’t wait to get to the end.

The writing was stilted and it may be the author’s writing style but it drove me bananas; I didn’t like the short, clipped, repetitive sentences nor did I like the sentences that had too many things going on. What do I mean by that?

I’d been so distracted by my ridiculous clothes, and the prospect of getting mugged and/or solicited by a total stranger, that I hadn’t even paid attention to the architecture around us.

I didn’t understand why the author had to include the part after the hyphen. Is it really necessary?!

The only thing I liked about The Lost Saint was that the plot was more engaging compared to the earlier novel. The urge to find out the truth was the driving force of the novel and ultimately if the plot had not been so exciting, I’d have given up this novel a long time ago. Overall, this is one of the books that everyone else loved but I didn’t. Nothing against the author but I don’t recommend it.

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