Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

Dark Hope
by Monica McGurk

My rating: 3 stars

Publication Date: July 29, 2014


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 HopeMy Review
Dark Hope by Monica McGurk
My Rating:  3 Stars

Is love possible between an ancient archangel and a fifteen-year-old girl? Hope Carmichael has always lived an extremely sheltered and controlled life under the obsessively watchful eye of her religious zealot father after being kidnapped and tattooed as a young child. Having finally been allowed to live with her mother, Hope is looking forward to living like a “normal” teen, doing what kids do and finding a sense of freedom she has never known. Enter Michael, an emancipated teen with drop dead good looks, whose attraction to Hope is anything but normal. What is Michael hiding behind his gorgeous eyes? What is the significance of the tattoo on her neck? Why does Hope feel there is a bull’s eye on her back?

Human trafficking is on the rise, is it a sick gang stealing young girls for profit or is there something even more sinister afoot? Will Michael stand by her in her quest to expose this vile crime or will the secrets he is keeping make him a deadly enemy as well?

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk starts out at a full run, but slows to a jog as the reader is given necessary information to get to know the characters and the world they are living in, as well as tidbits about their pasts. I loved the plot devised by Ms. McGurk, it is at once, a YA fantasy and a contemporary statement on the evils that plague this world. Each scene is carefully detailed and puts the reader in the middle of the action, whether it is dialogue or action. The tension has moments of high stress, as Hope and Michael move through their dance of uncertain emotions and daring action.

Was I totally invested in this tale? Not completely, Hope is strong-willed and intelligent, easily adapting outwardly while her gut is churning inside. Michael just doesn’t seem to truly feel right as an ancient and powerful archangel, his uncertainty doesn’t fit the character he portrays. I will say, this was an entertaining read and is full of the best intentions and ideas, but, for me, it just didn’t suck me in completely.

I received an ARC edition from Greenleaf Book Group-River Grove Books in exchange for my honest review.

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