Review: The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

20th Oct 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Lost Saint by Bree DespainThe Lost Saint by Bree Despain
Narrator: Eileen Stevens
Series: The Dark Divine #2
Published by EgmontUSA
Pub Date: December 28th 2010
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

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

Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the 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.

Sometimes the second book in a series is not as good as the first. Other times it surpasses it. The Lost Saint definitely falls into the latter.

In The Dark Divine we are introduced to a unique race of werewolves who once hunted demons in the name of Heaven. Since then, they have fallen from grace and have to live with the consequences. Grace saved Daniel from that curse…but lost her brother to it in the process. Jude’s left home. Oh, also? She was infected herself. Awesome! (Not.)

I love Grace and Daniel together. You can just feel how strongly he loves her. But things start to change when Grace wants to learn to use her powers for good and to try to find Jude, but the people in her life think is too risky, including Daniel. Not only does he not want to help her train anymore, he’s been dodgy and keeping things from Grace lately.

Enter Talbot, sexy cowboy, fighter of evil, trainer extraordinaire. He basically gives Grace everything every one’s restricted her on: training, using her powers to kill demons, and looking for Jude. She is continually drawn and tempted by him, especially since he makes his interest in her fairly obvious. But our Grace will not fall that easily, folks!! Go, Grace!

This book is pretty heavy at times, but best friend April sure had some great lines that made me laugh! She keeps it from going over the edge, that’s for sure.

I seriously could not stop listening to this audiobook! The narrator, Eileen Stevens, is completely amazing. Her voice and pacing were spot on! I also thought she sounded familiar, and it turns out I have listened to her before! She’s read another favorite series of mine, The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting! She does a great job on that one too.

The Lost Saint
was a fast-paced, action-packed sequel, with tons of emotional twists and turns! The ending was unexpected! I was sure of who the bad guy was and what everyone’s intentions were, but I guessed wrong, guys! Now, who can I bribe to get my hands on The Savage Grace? :)

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Was on Fire

16th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Was on Fire

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Was on FireThe Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy by Bree Despain, Carrie Ryan, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Sarah Darer Littman, Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Smart Pop
Pub Date: April 5th 2011
Pages: 210
Format: eBook | Buy the book! | Goodreads

Katniss Everdeen's adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss' world really is.

• How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch's drinking, Annie's distraction, and Wiress' speech problems?
• What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
• Why isn't the answer to "Peeta or Gale?" as interesting as the question itself?
• What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history and what can we?

The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.

I’m really excited about this book! I want to see what some of my favorite authors have to say about our girl Katniss. I still can’t believe that series is over. And I love the name of this book!!

 

About Sarah Rees Brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland by the sea, where her teachers valiantly tried to make her fluent in Irish (she wants you to know it’s not called Gaelic) but she chose to read books under her desk in class instead. The books most often found under her desk were Jane Austen, Margaret Mahy, Anthony Trollope, Robin McKinley and Diana Wynne Jones, and she still loves them all today.

After college she lived briefly in New York and somehow survived in spite of her habit of hitching lifts in fire engines. She began working on The Demon’s Lexicon while doing a Creative Writing MA and library work in Surrey, England. Since then she has returned to Ireland to write and use as a home base for future adventures. Her Irish is still woeful, but she feels the books under the desk were worth it.

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