THE LOST SAINT by Bree Despain
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (December 28, 2010)
Author Website: http://breedespain.com/
Rating: YYY 1/2 out of 5
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.
Once I picked up THE LOST SAINT, it quickly had my unwavering attention from the ominous prologue to the OMG!! that didn't just happen, ending! The plot was full of twists and turns and enough action to keep the story rolling, yet I was left with no emotional attachment to the protagonist involved.
I was eager to return to Rose Crest so that I could witness how Grace and Daniel were coping with Daniel being "cured" of his curse and Grace now being burdened by it. I wanted to know how Grace would manage the dormant beast while trying to find her brother and restore harmony to her fragile family. The problem with that is, there are plenty of dark forces at work and other plans in motion. Grace's father, her boyfriend Daniel and his mentor Gabriel (yes, Gabriel) want her to stand clear and allow them to find Jude. Paying reason no mind, Grace charges ahead and finds a mysterious character that is more than willing to become her mentor. Grace will encounter many obstacles as she battles for her brother, her boyfriend and, toward the end, her very life.
When I read THE DARK DIVINE I truly enjoyed it's unique blend of religion and urban paranormal lore intertwined. It created an interesting twist on an otherwise overdone werewolf tale. I am glad that it continued with THE LOST SAINT. That and the fast pace along with some nail-biting moments made it a good read. Not to mention I adore April, she has some of the best lines and lends a bit of comic relief to the storyline.
The problem I have is my lack of emotion for Grace. I know that sounds odd considering she is the protagonist but as a reader I don't have a real reason to care, and I have yet to make that connection with her. I perceive Grace as just someone who careens from one crisis to another, not realizing what her actions will mean in the long run.
I know that fans of the series will enjoy this read and I will admit to wanting to read the next one because I enjoy the basic story that is presented, especially after such a tremendous cliff hanger of an ending. ARRRGGGG!!