Review: THE LOST SAINT by Bree Despain

The Lost Saint: A Dark Divine Novel
TITLE: The Lost Saint (Dark Divine #2)
AUTHOR: Bree Despain – WebBlog
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal
PARANORMAL ELEMENT: Werewolves
PUBLISHED: EgmontUSA (December 28, 2010)
FORMAT: Kindle
SOURCE: Purchased from Amazon


SYNOPSIS:
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. 
REVIEW:
I was eager to read this sequel because the first book was quite interesting, but this book left me wanting. Not only because of the ending… no spoilers here. But because it didn’t have the same depth of characters. Maybe it was purposeful to pull away from character development and focus on the action of the story.  This book was full of action after action.
But I was eager to get to know the brooding Daniel, Grace’s love interest. I wanted to see what she loved about him. I wanted fall in love with him too… not because he’s mysterious, but because of who he is. But I still don’t know who he is after this second book.
The romance between Grace and Daniel took a severe back seat as her desire for training and finding her brother pulls her away from him. I guess book 2 of a sequel requires this “separation” between love interests. It’s so heart wrenching and kind of predictable though.
The story veers away from finding Jude and is mainly about Graces inner battle with the wolf. I expected changes in Grace because of the wolf. She’s trying to find out who she is and how use her new powers. The war she fights within is believable and inevitable. But she makes some seriously stupid decisions like she did in the first book. Most of them were “duh” mistakes!
This book let us in on the lore behind Bree Despain’s werewolves but left us with a heap load of questions that I assume will be answered in the third installment.
I can’t say I didn’t enjoy this book. I like this story. I was disappointed by the absence of Godly principles and the absence of Grace’s goodness. It’s sad that she gives up on God and everything. I hope book three will exonerate her beliefs. I also didn’t like how she seemed all demon-possessed. (If she is, then okay. If she’s not, it shouldn’t be told that way.)
RATING:
I feel like this book is okay and is just a stepping stone to get the real juice of the series. I’d rate it at a 2: Fair. It could really have been better but I didn’t totally hate it.
RECOMMENDATIONS:
If you liked the first book: The Dark Divine, you’ll probably like the extension of this story so that you can get to the next book in the series. It apparently fits the mold of 2nd books where the love interest is distanced from the main character even though it's annoying.
There’s no language, but has an oddly steamy altercation with Daniel. There is some serious gore too.