My husband laughs at me because I’ll tell him about a book I read and he says that now he doesn’t need to read it because I give such detailed reviews that it was as if he read it himself.
I really want to do more book reviews, so I am working on being concise and not giving spoilers. The first book I’ve chosen to review is a good one… make that a GREAT one! Dark Hope: Book One in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy by Monica McGurk.
I’m still reeling from it. And with any really great book that captivates you and engrosses you completely — I am so sad that it is over. Monica McGurk, please hurry and publish book two!
Don’t make me wait too long to continue this captivating story of Hope (and yes, I mean that in both ways).
Dark Hope starts out with the back story of young Hope as a toddler in a hotel room where she has been taken after being abducted.
At first the reader would think she has been abducted by a pedophile. As you read on you learn it, if possible, is even more sinister. Young Hope is saved when FBI and police come in to find her alone with a gruesome scene (and smell) of something or someone completely burned up in the hotel bathroom.
Mona and Don, Hope’s parents see that she doesn’t seem harmed; with the exception of a strange marking (like a tattoo) on the back of her neck.
Fast-forward 10 years and now Hope is fifteen, soon to be sixteen. Hope Carmichael has lived those ten years since the abduction primarily with her fanatically religious father, Don, after her mom, Mona, couldn’t deal with Don’s over-protection and paranoia. Mona didn’t get custody of her daughter though, since she is a professional and her job involves extensive traveling.
Things change shortly before Hope’s sixteenth birthday when she is allowed to go live with her mother in Atlanta.
Okay, here’s is where I have to be careful or I’ll have spoiler alerts everywhere. So I’ll continue by giving some of my thoughts on Dark Hope…
Dark Hope is full of religious connotations and undertones. Especially regarding Angels — Archangels, fallen angels and guardian angels, like Michael, Lucas, Raphael, Enoch, and Henri. A running theme throughout Dark Hope is that everyone may not be as they seem. Which is something I always tell my son, “Never judge a book by its cover.”
Intertwined in the book Dark Hope is a serious and real problem in today’s world. Human trafficking. I love that Monica McGlurk sheds some light and awareness on this very important topic. In Dark Hope there is an organization called, Street Grace… Street Grace is an actual organization in Atlanta that works to help stop human trafficking and the sex slave trade.
This made me love Dark Hope even more. Dark Hope: Book One in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy is a YA (Young Adult) novel, but I think adults of any age would enjoy it.
My son is eleven, and I wouldn’t mind him reading it when he is 12-13 years-old. Read Dark Hope for yourself and find out the answers to these questions and many more…
- What is the marking on Hope’s neck mean?
- Is Don, Hope’s dad really crazy?
- Who is Michael and Lucas?
- Will Hope survive?
It is a story of…. hope. Check out this video of Monica McGurk to learn more about her and Dark Hope came about:
Check out Monica McGurk to learn evenmore about her and the Archangel Prophecies. Connect with Monica McGurk to keep up-to-date on news and info regarding books two and three of the Archangel Prophecies:
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