Guest Review: Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

July 23, 2015 Book Reviews, Guest Review 0

Guest Review:  Dark Hope by Monica McGurkDark Hope by Monica McGurk
Series: The Archangel Prophecies #1

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.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

I was excited to read this book when I read the synopsis but unfortunately, I was disappointed. After I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I was intrigued by the angel/demon plot. However, Dark Hope was not what I had in mind. I found it to be nothing but a confusing plot mixed with an abusive relationship that was continuously portrayed as love.

The author says in the dedication that she wrote this book to draw attention to human trafficking and how we need to stop it. After reading this in the dedication, I assumed that the author would find some way to interlink the human trafficking and fantasy aspect to where they would flow together. I thought that the human trafficking theme would be an underlying one. Instead of coming up with a clever way to make the human trafficking an underlying theme, the author decides to just alternate the novel between a fantasy, angel/human romance and a thriller, human trafficking action novel. It sounds like it should work, but it does not. There was no cohesiveness to the two themes and in the end it just didn’t make any sense. I found it confusing to keep up and just wanted a fantasy novel that I could escape in.

My other biggest concern and problem with this novel is the relationship (kinda, but not really) between Hope and Michael. At first it begins as a cute high school crush romance that makes all of our hearts flutter and break into stupid smiles, but then it gets weird. And by weird, I mean abusive and down right wrong. The way Michael treats Hope is not only emotional and mental abusive, but also physical. He constantly threatens her and frightens her to where she fears her life. Hope, on the other hand, doesn’t do much to stand up for herself and when she does decide to speak her mind, all she does is anger Michael more, which I’m not sure if that’s just her main objection in life these days. The relationship between the archangel, Michael, and Hope, the bearer of the Key (no idea what all this means, even after finishing the first book in the series) is cringe worthy. After skimming through the bio about the author, I saw that she began writing Twilight fan fiction, everything seemed make sense. The so-called “relationship” between Michael and Hope is very similar to the “relationship” that Bella and Edward shared. If someone needs inspiration for a true love story, I would steer clear of the Twilight series and make a beeline for Pride & Prejudice or something equally amazing.

I would not recommend Dark Hope because of the confusing plot and the abusive relationship. I will be reading the second installment, Dark Rising, since I was approved from NetGalley and hopefully it will be better than this one.

2.5 out of 5 stars (I would not recommend this book.)

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