I’ve been reading a few new authors this summer and was excited to take on another Young Adult novel (turns out, I really love YA novels!) It took almost two chapters for me to really get into Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies and I’m glad that I stuck with it.
Here’s the thing about me and books, specifically series. I tend to jump on the series bandwagon several years later. This one, I’m excited to be early to the game. A description of the book (from Amazon):
Book One of the Archangel Prophecies: 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 her. Soon, Hope’s life is filled with questions. What’s behind the angry looks she 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 tracking 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 extraordinary love, vast mythological scope, and great moral urgency.
The early chapters definitely piqued my interest. I quickly connected to Hope and Michael. And then Michael disappeared in one chapter and I felt the re-introduction of his character was a little forced. It took a few pages for me to get back to loving Michael. (Just when I was loving the storyline, Monica McGurk switched things up on me!)
There was enough relationship “stuff” to keep my chick lit side wanting more. It isn’t dumbed down, like I think some YA novels can get and it does touch on religion (God and angels – and not a lot more than the discussion of God and angels.) You also get a look at a paranormal side. The book also gets into the subject of human trafficking – specifically in the Atlanta area, which I thought was interesting, intense and sad (because as a parent, this subject just horrifies me.) The novel hits many genres, and I can see teens really getting into the series.
About halfway through the book, the story begins to get pretty suspenseful. It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything suspenseful (maybe Harry Potter was the last time?) It was kind of intense for a chapter. And then things calmed down again – for me, at least. The teens in the book really are teens. They don’t come across as “too” smart (as I’ve thought other YA novels did) and they appear to be acting their high school ages.
I’ve seen some comparisons to the Twilight series, but I haven’t read any of the Twilight books (or even seen the movies) to compare them myself. I think it’s interesting that Monica McGurk got a start into this genre by writing alternate endings for the Twilight series before Breaking Dawn was released. I have a feeling that if you’re into Twilight, you may be into the Archangel Prophecies. Follow Monica McGurk on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest! And get to know her a little more through this video:
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