Review: The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

Review: The Lost Saint by Bree DespainTitle: The Lost Saint
Author: Bree Despain (Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Series: The Dark Divine #2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 416
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: Hardcover
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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. Summary from Dust Jacket

UBThe Lost Saint was a very emotional roller coaster for me. The book or story wasn’t bad in any way. I just couldn’t handle the angst between Grace and Daniel, and Grace and Talbot at times. I often wanted to read the last chapter before I finished so I knew everything would be okay. But, I stayed strong and I read it from beginning to end without peeking.

While I was reading The Lost Saint, I tweeted to Bree and told her I had a prediction for the end of the book. I also told her I wasn’t sure how I felt about my prediction. Luckily, I was somewhat incorrect in my guess. (No, I’m not going to tell you what my prediction was because it will ruin the story if you haven’t read it.) Because I was only semi-right with my prediction, I was able to handle the outcome more.

The ending of the story left me in a way that I wish the third book would be out now rather than in another 11 months! (I know I always say this, but I’m going to say it again. Why do I start these series before they’re finished? It’s just plain torture to have to wait for the ending!) Even though all my questions weren’t answered and a whole new set of questions/problems were introduced in The Lost Saint, I felt like the ending had at least some closure, which will help tide me over until I get my hands on the third book.

Bree is definitely a master of angst. And, I loved how she handled the whole love triangle situation. It was different than most of the books I’ve read and I really appreciated it because I hate love triangles. Okay, I don’t hate them; I just hate not knowing who the protagonist’s going to choose and if that choice will coincide with what I want.

I loved the pace of the book, even the recap of the events in The Dark Divine. Some books do a major recap, which can be boring, but I thought Bree handled that really well in The Lost Saint. She did it in a way that added to the story rather than put the story on pause.

Even though some of the events were hard to witness, I think The Lost Saint is a very strong middle book in a trilogy, not just a connector between the beginning and end.

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