I love love love The Dark Divine, so I was really excited to read The Lost Saint and jump back into Grace’s life and her relationship with Daniel. 🙂 This is going to be more of a short commentary on the book rather than a review. I always have trouble writing ones for sequels, so I’m going to try a more relaxed approach to it…
What I really liked about the first book was the message of doing good and helping people. So, I was really happy to see it carried over to the sequel. I know it all ties into Grace’s dad being a pastor, but it provides a nice contrast to the somewhat dark tone of the story. And I love how the “religious”-y ideals/messages aren’t preachy and actually tie into the plot seamlessly. Some books present religious themes and can be irritating because, let’s face it, no one likes having religion thrown in their face. But Ms. Despain uses such themes effectively and in ways that enhance the story, and its characters.
Unfortunately, this book fell into a pattern I’m seeing in YA paranormal sequels. And it’s a pattern I’m tired of. Much like Crescendo, Torment, and New Moon, the male lead in this (Daniel, who is an awesome character despite this) suddenly becomes moody and distant, and only reveals at the end the reasonings behind his mood swing. Now, I realize Daniel was kind of like this in the first book and so were the others, but I don’t see why they can’t be happy.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Lost Saint. The writing is strong, descriptive (poetic at times), as well as authentic in terms of Grace’s voice. There are a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and I can’t wait for the next installment.
P.S.~ I wrote this while suffering from a cold, so if it doesn’t make sense or something, I’m really sorry! 🙂