Dark Hope by Monica McGurk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fiction ~Angels/Romance
Book Description: 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: This was a very interesting book. The book is based off of biblical references and contains ancient prophets and archangels.
Hope was abducted as a small child and miraculously saved. Now as a teen, she bears a mark on the back of her neck and becomes caught up in a battle between good and evil. The Fallen Angels want back into heaven and see her as a key to fulfilling their purposes.
The book explores many thought provoking ideas: love, family ties, loyalty, good vs. evil, biblical prophecy, friendship, slavery,, the worth of a soul, etc. Hope has many choices to make and has the training she received from her father to help guide her. She also has a guardian angel, I'm not too sure where his loyalties lie, an Archangel and the love her her friends and family to help her through the difficult decisions ahead of her. She is also hunted and running while trying to do some good.
I think it will be interesting to see where the story goes from here. To see where true loyalties lie and how good will overcome evil. The book contains kissing and violence.