Friday, January 21, 2011

The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

Spoilers for the first book in the series, The Dark Divine, ahead! You can read my review of that book here, if you wish.

[description from goodreads]

The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel. Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother. 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 begins to crumble. Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung. Readers, ravenous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.


Even though I've been burned out on paranormal novels lately, I was excited to read The Lost Saint because of the excellent reviews I had read and because it is the continuation of The Dark Divine, which I very much enjoyed. However, I don't think I was in the right mood for it. It was good, but I think because I am so tired of paranormal I couldn't make myself enjoy it.

I mean, certain paranormal things just don't sit well with me. I don't like how in every sequel, the boy and girl start to stray away from each other, no matter how in love they claim they are. It just...bothers me that that storyline is used over and over. This book had that aspect, but it really was not as bad as some other paranormal books I have read. I appreciated that it was more of Grace's doing, and that she had a good reason to stray from Daniel, though I was annoyed by the inclusion of the cliche "pretty girl who likes my boyfriend and tries to hang out with him." I wish the new boy Grace hangs out with could have been far more developed so that storyline was better, but I can't go further into that because of ~spoilers.

I did prefer reading about Grace's new hobbies, though, because, as a result, there was plenty of action and new things being discovered. But mostly action. Some of her choices were so painfully dumb and obvious, but even her occasional poor judgment caused some fighting and excitement to occur. And many twists! Some of the twists in this book were just fantastic-- sometimes a bit out of the blue, but always gasp-worthy enough to get me to keep reading.

I also appreciate the more unique take on the werewolf tale this book attempts. I laugh every time they say "do not succumb to the wolf~~~" or talk about "Urbats" because I think it sounds like a neopet, but I like that this book is giving werewolves a new spin. I wish there was more development of the myth, but I like where it is going and I think more will be revealed in the next installment of the series.

The Lost Saint, it's not you, it's me. I'm sure that fans of the first novel will enjoy the action and romance shake-up of this book, but I am so blah about paranormal lately that I cannot get over the predictable and overdramatic moments. Hopefully I will be out of my paranormal funk by the time the third book comes out, though, because there is a major cliffhanger at the end of this one.

Book details: EgmontUSA/Hardcover/$17.99

Source: sent by publisher for review


  1. I kind of agree with you that most paranormal novels follow a similar formula (including The Lost Saint). I enjoyed this book, but didn't love it. Thanks for the review!

  2. Hmm....maybe I should try this one. Great review!