Review: Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

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.

Rating: 4/5

Dark Hope is well written and has a solid plot and characters. While I disagree with the premise of angelic and human relationships, it is an enjoyable read with plenty of action and drama.

Hope seems to be a typical teenager, trying to fit in at a new school after requesting that her custody be transferred to her mother, a very busy business woman who is rarely home. Only Hope is far from typical, she was the victim of a child abduction when she was three and was found unharmed, apart from a mysterious mark on the back of her neck that looks suspiciously like a tattoo. And her abductor a pile of ashes in the adjoining bathroom. What happened?

Michael another new kid at the school and takes Hope under his wing, warding off the unwanted attention of the school bullies who are intent on making Hope's time at the school miserable. Hope is thankful for him, and starts developing feelings for the boy who is always dressed in white. She misses him when he's not around - but where does he go for days at a time, and why is he so fascinated with world events, particularly those in the Middle East?

As Hope and Michael work together to understand the implications of the strange marking on Hope's neck, other forces are chasing them to the finish line - can they outrun them and unravel the mystery?

A thoroughly enjoyable read, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Twilight series.

Publisher: Green Leaf Group
Publication Date: 29 July 2014
Format: Paperback
RRP: $15.95 USD

I received an ebook from the publishers via Netgalley for the purposes of a review, this review is my own personal view and is not required to be positive.

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