Review: Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

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Synopsis: 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.

Date Finished: 7-27-15

Review, and Would I recommend? 

Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review!

When I first picked up Dark Hope, I was expecting something similar to other YA paranormal books, such as Hush Hush, Twilight, or Fallen.

I was kind of right.

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk has a very strong start, telling of young Hope’s rescue from a mysterious kidnapper. From there, we fast forward to the present, where Hope is leaving her overprotective father to live with her mother. And that’s where the trouble begins. There, she meets Michael and Lucas and Tabitha, and her life is forever changed.

The problem that I had with this book was how controlling and abusive Michael could be to hope. He’s an angel, yet he still yells and at one point accidentally burns her with his passionate touch. I honestly found it a bit off putting how controlling he could be, practically forcing Hope to go along with him to Vegas and putting the blame on Hope’s father to buy them some more time. What? I got through the book, mainly because I rarely ever abandon a book, but… it was a bit difficult. To be honest, I’d rather deal with Edward Cullen than Michael the moody Archangel again. Michael’s moody abusive periods are supposedly due to the pain he feels for disobeying God’s orders and beginning to fall, but that justification doesn’t exactly do it for me. He lashes out at Hope, but then tells her he loves her. To be honest, the declaration of love came out of nowhere, so much to the point that Hope didn’t even believe it. Ugh.

All in all, Dark Hope was an OKAY read. It had some good parts, but all of that was overshadowed by an abusive love interest and some weird POV choices. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this book, unless someone is a DIE-HARD ya  angel novel fan and has exhausted the list of every other book. If you’re looking for a good fallen angel novel, check out Hush Hushor Fallen.

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