Author: Bree Despain
Publication: EgmontUSA (December 22, 2009)
Summary from Amazon: Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.
The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.
The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.
My Thoughts: This was an interesting take on the werewolf trope. I didn't think that it was possible to combine werewolves and Christianity by Bree Despain manages and manages very well. I found the werewolf mythology invented by Ms. Despain to be fascinating.
Pastor's daughter Grace Divine, her brother Jude, and neighbor Daniel Kalbi were best friends growing up until something extraordinary happened. Grace loved Daniel and was tremendously hurt when he dropped out of contact with her. But now he is back and Grace doesn't know what to feel. Jude hates him, her father supports him and Grace is torn between Daniel and her brother.
I liked Grace. She is trying to live a Christian life and follow her father's example of charity and forgiveness but is also a typical teen who wants what most teens want -- including a cell phone and a car that starts without divine intervention. She is an artist and a good student. Jude is the perfect brother who is handsome, popular and a model of virtue but he seems to have an unreasonable hatred for Daniel.
I loved Daniel. He had a horribly difficult childhood but somehow survived with his character intact. He loves Grace and wants to protect her - even from himself.
This was a quick read and a memorable one. I recommend it for lovers of paranormal romance.
Challenges: 2010 YA Debut Author Challenge, YA Reading Challenge, RYOB Challenge