[Review] Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

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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. 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 strange valentines 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 The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of vast mythological scope and great moral urgency.

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

The idea was unique and the book had a lot of potential. Not bad but not thrilling either.

Writing Style

Just like I’ve said before, not bad. The book begins with a prologue and a third person POV. Then there’s a transition to Hope’s mother’s POV described in third person and then we have Hope’s POV in first person. I would prefer if the book was completely in third person POV since the author wanted us to know about many character and not just one. The transition is confusing and tiring. Other than that I had no problem following the story and understanding. Feelings weren’t fully described but I was satisfied. Mona’s feelings were described better and she was easier to relate. Even though Hope was the main character I was puzzled because her thoughts were confusing me a lot.

Plot/World Building

Even though I was excited at the first half of the book, I was completely disappointed with the second half. I loved the way the author built the world and added so much mystery and excitement. Who was the person who saved Hope? What’s his connection with the male lead? What about that awesome tattoo in her neck? Why is her dad so overprotective and obsessed? So many questions and so many things to look for while reading. Suddenly, close to half of the book, all things were revealed and I was so so so turned off. I wanted more of the mystery and more action. Plus I didn’t really liked how the story evolved. Mona had just found her daughter and she lost her in days again. Then her father gets framed for kidnapping and Michael transforms into Hope’s father in most scene’s of the second half. Nooo, this is so weird. I wanted to have in mind the hot hero of the book and not an overweight, middle-aged man. It’s creepy.


Hope is the female lead character of the book. She is a 16-year-old girl who was through a kidnap, a weird mark on her neck and an overly protective and obsessed father. She was motherless most of the time and completely cut out of the world. That means no friends, no normal high-school days and no boyfriend. At the beginning she is so determined to change all that so she tries to go back to her mother and start a new life. I was so proud to read about her. She did good till she met Michael. That’s the end of my proud feelings because she suddenly turned to one of the classic weak characters that allow a guy to affect their whole lives. No more explanation needed.

Michael is an ancient archangel. Yes, he is THE Michael. I was so excited. He has the form of a teenager and he falls for our precious Hope. There’s a connection between them that Michael can’t explain so he tries to protect her. To be honest he was so charming and mature at first but I didn’t know he was an archangel. I just thought he was too mature to be a teen. When I found out his age I regretted feeling that way because there’s no way a creature with thousands of years experience to act that way. He was treating Hope badly and he practically forced her to do things that made her feel uncomfortable in order to ‘keep her safe’. He was rude and he was snapping at her all the time and then he was back at being kind and sweet. He confused me a lot and I didn’t feel like I could trust him. Maybe that was the point anyway because Hope didn’t really trust him as well. I don’t know, he was weird.


There were things I did enjoy and things I didn’t. I can’t say that the book was awful because it was not. The plot was cliche and overused but it had a lot of potential to make a difference even though it didn’t.


[Monica McGurk]

Monica McGurk loves nothing better than to craft thought-provoking, multilayered stories, showcasing strong girls and women overcoming big challenges.

Already a fan favorite, she received the 2013 TwiFic Fandom Undiscovered Gem award for Morning Star, her alternate ending to the Twilight series, written before the release of Breaking Dawn.

Her first novel in The Archangel Prophecies trilogy, Dark Hope, was published in 2014. Dark Rising is the second novel in this series. The final installment, Dark Before Dawn, is expected in 2016.

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