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The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

The Lost Saint: A Dark Divine NovelGrace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to save the one she loves and paid the price. The very monster she sought to destroy in Daniel Kalbi now lies latent within her, and now her brother Jude, who infected her and is now claimed by the wolf, is gone. Jude’s disappearance is tearing Grace’s family apart at the seams, and Daniel’s fear that Grace will give into the wolf is causing tension between them. When Grace receives a mysterious phone call warning of danger to come, she knows it’s from Jude. She wants to—needs to—find him, but nobody will let her even though Grace is finally learning how to access her heightened abilities. So Grace starts looking on her own, but the closer she gets to the Shadow Kings, a strange gang of sorts her brother may be involved with, and the truth, the closer she comes to yielding to the wolf—and the closer she is to understanding what it truly means to be an Urbat.

Despain’s follow up to the incredible The Dark Divine does not disappoint. The plot is fascinating and suspenseful, the characters are vivid and realistic, and the paranormal angle becomes juicier and more complicated. On all accounts, The Lost Saint is not a book to be missed. Despain really takes the story to the next level now that Grace is the one with the wolf infection as opposed to her merely observing someone with the wolf infection. The wolf wreaks havoc in nearly every corner of Grace’s life, negatively affecting her relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend and seriously impeding her judgment. The way that Despain so intimately entwines the wolf with Grace’s normal personality makes it extremely difficult to tell at times whether it really is Grace or the wolf talking. This added another layer of complications to an already fascinating story, and I absolutely loved all of it. I am a little wary about how this novel wrapped up, but nonetheless, I can’t wait to see how Despain will go from there.

Fans of The Dark Divine will not want to miss its sequel The Lost Saint, nor will readers who also enjoyed Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, Sea Change by Aimee Friedman, and Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey.

Rating: 4.75

Review copy from publisher EgmontUSA

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Avery Jalaine said...

I totally forgot about The Dark Divine! Oh and now I must read The Lost Saint! This is a really big dilemma.

Also, I'm quite envious of your position at Lee & Low Books. What a dream job.

-Avery Jalaine

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