The Savage Grace: A Dark Divine Novel Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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"Bree Despain takes familiar myths and legends and wraps them elegantly around a haunting story of love, loss, family and forgiveness. Beautiful." -Lesley Livingston, author of Wondrous Strange
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1. Plot. The plot moved quickly. If you have not read the first two books, I suggest you do. Since this book dives in right where the last one left off, its important you read the other books so that your not confused. Still, the plot has lots of action, fights and a lot of solving mysteries.
2. Back Round History. This book contains lots of history dating back to Egyptians times. I enjoyed all the history that is mixed in with the present tense. Still, at times I felt like some of these parts through the present story off. Like, you had to have know what happened in the past in order to know whats going on now. Know what I mean? I get that you had to go back, still I felt like it took away from what was happen with the characters now.
3. Love Interest. No insta-love. Instead this love grew over three books and left me very satisfied I like that despite all the trials they went through, they always made it.
4. Parent Involvement. You know, not that many YA books have their parents involved. I like that in this story, the parents helped. They were involved in every step of the way. I adored that.
5. Ending. It's not a HEA but it left off on a realistic note that I can enjoy.
The ending to a great series is satisfying and fun. Impressive and action-packed, The Savage Grace fulfills an ending that is intense. Consuming and moving, The Savage Grace is great!
Poor Daniel is stuck as the great White Wolf, and Grace is searching for the answer to help him change back, at the same time trying to fight her inner wolf from changing her. She also is dealing with the fact her mother has been institutionalized and may never come home. A brother who she is unsure if she can trust. The Lost Boys ( Daniels new pack) needing a roof over there heads, the town wanting to kill the howling wolf, and finally wondering when Caleb will come back to try and kill them. As you can see there is a lot going on, but all in a good way. I loved every minute and was glued to my kindle. The plot moved quickly and the writing was well done a few typos the editor should have caught. I loved how the story/events all played out it was perfect and done smoothly. I love these characters they are so well done. Daniel is swoon worthy and awesome always thinking of Grace, and it is so sweet, he is always think of his pack and Grace and how to keep them all safe, he is awesome. Grace is amazing in this book she really shows what she is made of, she is sweet, smart, courageous and tough when she needs to be, she takes care of those she loves and has an amazing forgiving heart. I was glad to have Jude back in this story, he has many demons in his life to overcome. Talbot is quite the guy he is cute and sweet with Grace, and mysteries the type of guy you love to hate. The ending was really well done tying up all the lose ends and leaving me feeling satisfied. Great series the old saying "Save the Best for Last" definitely applies here. Enjoy!
Grace has sacrificed everything for Daniel. She has been infected with the Urbat curse (werewolfiness), she has forsaken her family (granted her brother just tried to kill her), and she was forced to kill Daniel, the man she loves. Of course she only killed his wolfie, evil half, but now he has transformed into a giant white wolf and he can't shift back into a human. As each day passes, Daniel, the pack's true alpha, loses more and more of his connection to humanity and gets farther away from Grace. Not to mention he has left her with the "Lost Boys", the boys from Grace and Daniel's pack, now that Daniel has claimed Grace as his mate (a fact her father was NOT thrilled to learn about).
Grace throws herself into finding a way to bring Daniel back to the two-legged, less furry kind of boyfriend, but she is so concerned with saving Daniel, she doesn't realize how much danger she could be putting her friends and family in. Not to mention, she has two crazy packs after her for two very different reasons. Caleb, Daniel's insane father, has a pack of Urbats, demons and vampires ready to overthrow the pack and kill as many people as he can. That doesn't even consider Sirhan's ancient pack, who want Grace because they think she is the Divine One. But Grace feels like anything but Divine. She feels like she has failed everyone she has ever loved. Is redemption even a possibility at this point?
I am always a little skeptical about a book that has religion as a backdrop and not the focus. If it is the focus, I know what I am getting myself into and what to expect. If religion is a backdrop, it can either be handled very well, or it can become too preachy where it feels like a sneaky way to shame and guilt. I hate that. So I know I was skeptical at first that there was a religious element to this book, but it wasn't preachy or obnoxious in any way. In fact, it was so much a part of Grace and her family that a beautiful and faithful acceptance came out of all of them. It was the type of faith you can respect and appreciate rather than feel lectured by. I loved this part of Grace, and in the end, it was her compassion that set her and Daniel apart from the rest of the Urbats out there. In a world of hurt and viciousness, Grace is a healer with the compassion to care about even the people who want to kill or enslave her. That is a beautiful underlying moral in this story.
As a conclusion, this story had it all: action, fighting, redemption, and a bittersweet finale. It was an ending you don't totally expect, but are completely satisfied with. There are some losses, of course, but there are also some beautiful connections. The first half of the book is all about saving Daniel, and the second half is all about the threat of the other packs, so the book is very divided from one end to the other. But this doesn't feel forced or stretched at any point; it is just the evolution of Grace in this final installment. If you loved the rest of the series, this is a graceful (pun intended) way to say goodbye to your beloved characters. You won't be sorry, except to see them go.
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In Savage Grace allerdings fängt Grace mir an, auf die Nerven zu gehen. Sie hat einiges um die Ohren, das ist wahr. Aber jeden, wirklich jeden guten Rat, den sie bekommt, schlägt sie in den Wind und macht das Gegenteil. Das wäre nicht so schlimm, wenn sie denn mal Recht hätte. Stattdessen gerät sie von einer Katastrophe in die nächste und immer braucht sie Hilfe um alleine da raus zu kommen. Das hält aber niemanden davon ab, sie für die Auserwählte zu halten und ganz begeistert von ihr zu sein. Auf Dauer ist das ein bisschen anstrengend.
So, nachdem das gesagt ist, erwähne ich gerne, dass mir die Geschichte um die Urbat ansonsten sehr gut gefallen hat. Die vergangenen beiden Bände liefen ja langsam auf den Höhepunkt der Handlung zu. So gibt es in diesem Band nicht nur Daniel und Jude, auch Calebs altes Rudel ist noch in der Stadt und die Jungen brauchen einen Anführer. Dann gibt es da noch Talbot und er lässt keinen Zweifel daran, dass er Grace liebt und sie nicht aufgeben will.
Tja, das sind nicht die besten Voraussetzungen für ein friedliches Kleinstadtleben. Trotzdem gibt es immer wieder diese kleinen Momente des Glücks für Daniel und Grace. Bree Despain sorgt aber dafür, dass es Momente bleiben, denn es gibt jede Menge Probleme und die kommen nicht zu kurz.
Mit einigen Überraschungen kann sie dabei auch noch aufwarten. Es bleibt daher bis zum Ende des Buches spannend. Savage Grace ist daher ein schöner Abschluss der Trilogie. Das hat Frau Despain echt gut gemacht.
Without giving any of the book away (however predictable it is) i'll just say.. READ IT!! I admit the beginning was slow but i was happy that the whole book wasn't about bringing Daniel back from his wolf form. I could really feel how Grace was missing him. Then of course there were the lost boys.. aahh i did love them. I was sad that 2 died (even though you don't really get to know the first one). Their different personalities matched perfectly together.
I was really happy when Grace was so strong in this book, and never turned wolf once. Also, Daniel and Grace's love was unwavering which was satisfying,as i didn't want more rows between them.
There was also so much action in this book, waay more than the first 2. The most action was at the end, a giant battle scene. Usually i'm not into stuff like that but i actually really enjoyed the fights! I was really annoyed that one of the main characters died, even though he would have deserved it in the first 2 books. He really changed in this book, and to me this seemed like a very unnecessary death. Why didn't Talbot die instead?! Other than that, i was happy with the ending. Was very closed, which was nice. It wasn't unexpected though, but i was happy to see it worked out for Grace and Daniel. But Talbot should have died.. i mean i liked his character but he hung around uselessly at the end, alive, which was just..aah! Oh yes. Another bad point.. why. didn't. daniel. kill. CALEB?! and why did baby james get dragged into all the bad things.. maddening at times! I was also surprised that Daniel didn't heal Grace from the curse.. i wondered why, because most of the end was based on the curse and its cure.
But no.. all those minor bad points are nothing compared to how much i loved the book. I gave it 4 stars only because those annoying details could have been picked up on easily.
Oh and. You might want to flick through the last 2 books to remember what happened. I read the first 2 then there was a 5 month interval before i read this one, and as the lost saint was probably my least favourite, i'd forgotten some of the important details that link on to this one.
i would like to know if at the end daniel and grace get married and have sex