Book Review: Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

Dark Hope
Monica McGurk
River Grove Books


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.

Advance Praise

"An effortlessly strong narrative voice, engaging writing style, and intriguing details that make you want to read on. What's not to love?"–Aaron Kite, author of A Touch of Poison, 2012 Watty Award recipient for Most Popular fantasy book.

“Monica tackles the real-world problem of human trafficking in the intriguing world of fantasy that isDark Hope. Young adult readers will be turning pages quickly as the battle of good and evil unfolds before their very eyes. It is my hope that Dark Hope will inspire and propel another generation to action to protect children against trafficking.”–Cheryl DeLuca-Johnson, President and CEO of Street Grace, Inc.

"Young people are especially vulnerable to human trafficking, in great part, because there are not enough resources focused on prevention. "Dark Hope" fills that void. It is a compelling story, that will appeal to young readers, while giving them critically important information on how to escape this scourge and sparking conversations among each other." ­–Deborah J. Richardson, Executive Vice President, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

My Review
Lets see I read this book a little while ago now and forgot to post a review. After I finished this book I thought ummm okay. There were some issues with the plot having some holes in it.
Honestly the author needed one of these:

The romance felt old, I am not sure why but the romance between the two main characters did not make me want to fan cast them or join deviant art and draw epic romantic scenes of their love! Maybe it was because Michael was a control freak who threw tantrums every time Hope did something he didn't like and how Hope was naïve enough to put up with it.
Onto what I did like....
The Archangel Paranormal theme was good and kept me reading. The author despite plot holes and poorly written characters (A** control freak archangel and naïve weak Hope) was able to get me anxious and biting my nails at the suspenseful parts.

I am not sure if I would recommend this book to younger females because I would not want them to fall victim to an a** guys who think that kind of controlling behavior is acceptable. However to those adult females looking for something similar to Twilight this is probably the book for you.

My Rating:


  1. Liked the honest review. I also don't like a control freak for a love story.


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