Dark Hope By Monica McGurk {Book Review}

Dark Hope_ Book One of the Archangel Prophecies - Book Cover

Book One of the Archangel Prophecies For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father.

Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, high school. Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in her. Soon, Hope’s life is filled with questions. What’s behind the angry looks she gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who’s responsible for sending Hope strange valentines inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this relate to the sinister business of human tracking that operates on the periphery of Hope’s suburban world? And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister-and just why does he seem so familiar?

In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, DARK HOPE introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of extraordinary love, vast mythological scope, and great moral urgency.

Dark Hope Initial Impressions:

When I first received my copy of the book to read and review, the first impression I had was “uh oh, another Twilight story”. The colors, the font in the title. So I wasn’t surprised when I read the background on Monica McGurk that she was inspired by the writings of Twilight. I have to say, it almost made me put it down.

But me, being a bookseller and a fan of YA fiction, picked it up and started reading. I have to admit, the first chapter caught my attention because of the seriousness of the topic of human trafficking. I am pretty sure that is how the author intended it to start. Dark Hope will probably bring this sad practice into light, and will hopefully educate teens on this danger.

But after that, as I read other chapters, all I could think about is how it was still following the path of another book. It didn’t have a flow that was all its own. From the scenes in the school, to the let’s-ignore-her-so-she-wants-him-more spin,  to the “saving” of Hope on the cliff. It was all something I have read before. I think it is ironic that the character I was most interested in hearing from/about was Tabitha. She embodies what I envision a main character should be. And I loved how she was her own individual character, despite her “looking different from everyone else.

As for the rest of the story, I found the storyline to be fairly predictable. I found myself figuring out the characters before they were ever revealed. I did like the twist on the good vs. evil storyline, and thought that could have been developed a little more.

Dark Hope Conclusions:

  • Overall, it was a good story, even if it was a little predictable.
  • Teenage Twilight fans will love the book because of the love story.
  • I really enjoyed the religious aspect with the good vs. evil aspect.
  • I will probably read the second book, just to see where the story goes.

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Want to learn more about Monica? Visit her website, where she has some discussion questions, videos, and more.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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    • says

      Yeah. I always feel bad about saying negative things about books I review, but it was how I felt. Someone may feel differently though, and the book may resonate with them instead.

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