[Review] Dark Hope

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Title: Dark Hope

Series: Archangel Prophecies #1

Author: Monica McGurk

Published: July 29, 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Source: Free copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

A new young adult saga in the Twilight tradition about the love between a human and an archangel.

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.
Dark Hope is an original story greatly written about the eternal war between good and evil. Though it didn't always keep me on my toes, I found a compelling curiosity to figure out what was going to happen. I don't agree with the whole summary thing about comparing it to Twilight, because, I personally didn't like Twilight. At all. *Shots fired*

The first thing I want to say before getting more in-depth is that I did enjoy the characters. Sheltered little Hope trying to adapt to a living she's not used to, thus giving her flaws and disadvantages that make her believable. One thing I must say about Michael -- I find it funny how whenever someone thinks about Michael, one of the most powerful and well-known Archangels, they immediately pin him as the military, to-the-books, type of angel. Isn't that weird? Much like when I've read a few things that included Raphael, another archangel, he was somewhat of a humorous type of angel.

The beginning of the story immediately captivated me, I loved that the writer started it off the way she did... It definitely wants you to read more. Throughout the beginning pages, I started putting things together myself, though, I'm not a huge bible-reader so I obviously got it wrong. However, my theory about the mark before finding out what it actually was, was that it was the Mark of Cain. For those of you who don't know, the Mark of Cain is both a curse and a blessing; those who harm the bearer of the mark are harmed sevenfold... "Killing Cain would provoke the vengeance of God." I thought I was right, until, obviously, I wasn't... But that would have been cool!

As for the story in whole, I found it to be very enjoyable. There wasn't anything big enough to make my rating a 5-gear as it was the same old usual story with a different twist -- good vs evil, main character as some sort of "hero," angel defends the main character, main character falls in love, that love is forbidden, end with a moderate cliffhanger. The twist of the plot has made me interested in seeing what's in store for the next book.

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