Monday, November 16, 2009

The Divine Bree Despain

Last Wednesday our writers group had dinner with the ultra fabulous Bree Despain. She told us about her journey into authorship (which really could be a book in itself), and gave us some fabulous advice. I like Bree. A lot. She is down to earth, easy to talk to, and cute as a button. Because of this, I will admit, I was a little nervous to read an ARC of her book, The Dark Divine (available December 22). What if I didn't like it? What if it was poorly written? Could I still respect her in the morning?

Well, I had NOTHING to worry about. Her book is amazing.

The story revolves around Grace Divine, a girl torn between loyalty to her brother Jude, and love for Daniel, the guy he hates. There is a dark history and secrets aplenty, plus an interesting mythology that keeps the reader engaged.

But aside from a great story, Bree is a great writer. Her descriptions are fresh, and far from the cliche crutch some authors depend on. Her characters are well developed and individual. Her voice is unique, giving us unexpected moments of humor and emotion so real I got goosebumps.

On December 22, go buy this book. Pre-order it on Amazon. Walk seven miles in the snow, uphill both ways, to find it at your local bookstore. But whatever you do, read it, love it, spread the word.


  1. Me too! I'm glad you liked the book as much as you liked her. Sad I missed the dinner.

  2. I've seen this everywhere and I've been interested in it for a long time. The cover is as "divine" as its name and I've heard excellent things about Bree. That's awesome that you got to read an ARC of it and I'm glad to hear you liked it. I'm looking forward to having my own copy.

  3. I know, L.T. Her cover is awesome! And I am one of the lucky people who have the matching fingernail polish to go with it.

  4. I'm another lucky one. I love my Dark Divine nail polish and can't wait until I can buy it in the store because I think Bree is going to have to give up being my supplier of nail polish to do a book tour soon. Bree, Can we work on getting DD nail color out in stores soon?
    TDD was awesome fun. I love her writing. Its the kind of book that readers will enjoy and writer's will respect and that is pretty high praise for anyone.
    I concur with Debbie that Bree is incredible in person. She is my official Superhero this week. May she live luxuriously and inspire many.

  5. Oh, you guys are so super sweet! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the book--Yay, we can still be friends! :) Just kidding, I'd love you guys anyway. Thanks for the wonderful dinner. You guys are great company. We should do it again sometime.

    I'm thinking of selling the TDD nail polish through my website. . . Hmm, will have to consider it some more.

  6. I just finished the ARC. What a fun book!!. Mmmm, I loved it and can't wait til Dec 22 to buy my own ;)

  7. If you sold the nail polish through your website, I would buy some. I'm running a little low...

    We should definitely do dinner again sometime! Next time I'm going to get the curry :)