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Review: Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

Dark Hope 
Author: Monica McGurk
Series: The Archangel Prophecies Trilogy
Release Date: July 29th 2014
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Source: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Rating: 4 Stars

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

My thoughts on this YA Paranormal Romance...

I was hooked when I read the opening line in the summary "A new young adult saga in the Twilight tradition about the love between a human and an archangel" ! First and foremost I just loved Twilight, secondly I love angel books! Twilight fans, you won't be disappointed! The story-line is completely original, while at the same time it has a Twilight feel to it.

Twilight + Angels = Perfect combination!

That being said, don't be disillusioned to think Dark Hope is just your typical YA. The plot in Dark Hope tackles a largely unknown issue of modern day human-trafficking right under our noses while weaving mythology into the plot, the two are intermingled seamlessly!

Okay, I watched Taken but it's a movie, it can't be real...right? WRONG! My awareness of human trafficking was pretty much non-existent up until I read Dark Hope. This story tackles a tough issue which will hopefully bring awareness to readers, both parents & young people alike. This is the perfect book for teens & parents to read together!

The romance is sizzling off the pages that will have you begging for more, not to mention super fast paced, hang on to the edge of your seat action! Imagine your favorite YA Paranormal romance mixed with a good conspiracy thriller! Try as you will to guess what's around the corner, nonetheless unexpected plot-twist and surprises await!

Favorite Scene from Dark Hope...

I cannot wait to find out what happens in the second installment in The Archangel Prophesy book titled Dark Rising! Keep a lookout for my review coming soon! Check out Monica's End Human Trafficking page.
I have a weakness for chase scenes. There is a fantastic one in this book, it shows how Hope and Michael work together to make a difference in someone’s life!


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