When I signed up for the opportunity to review and host a giveaway for this novel I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into. I've always loved reading, but it had pretty much become a distant memory for me. This was not by choice, but from lack of time, and the ability to stay awake once the kids are tucked away in bed for the night.
When I received my book in the mail I was worried about finishing it in time to get my post up by the deadline, but the book turned out to be very interesting. Every time I put it down I couldn't wait for the next chance I had to pick up where I left off again!
About the Book
Dark Hope is the first book in the Archangel Prophecies trilogy,
and is written by Monica McGurk
"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 Hope. And soon, Hope’s life is filled with questions. What’s behind the angry looks Hope gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who’s responsible for sending Hope a strange valentine inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this relate to the sinister business of human trafficking 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 readers to The Archangel Prophecies, a new young adult saga that blends the feeling of Twilight with a vast mythological scope and moral urgency, as well as to Hope Carmichael—a young woman instantly memorable for her endurance, heart, and determination—and Michael, Hope’s dangerous companion who’s fated either to save Hope—or to kill her."
Normally I'm not a fan of fantasy and mythology novels, and hoped the book wouldn't be too corny for me. This novel has been compared to Twilight, and Monica herself has said that this story is "in the Twilight tradition about the love between a human and an archangel".
The story begins with a prologue to set the stage, and Monica does a very good job with laying out a good description of the main characters, and their place within the story.
The first time a bit of fantasy is introduced into the story I thought "oh boy, I don't know if I can take this book seriously", but to my surprise I fell right into the plot, and by the end of the story most everything about the book seemed natural.
Dark Hope has two plots which are intertwined into one powerful story. The first is the connection between Hope and Michael, an archangel. The second is the human trafficking angle, which unfortunately is a very real problem in today's society.
In conclusion, Dark Hope is full of fantasy and intrigue, and I believe is well worth reading.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds from this novel is donated to organizations which fight to end human trafficking.. This shows much compassion and dedication to this cause on Monica's part.
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