Dark Hope: Book One Of The Archangel Prophecies by Monica McGurk #sponsored #DarkHopeBook

Dark Hope is the story of Hope, a kidnapped girl who soon returns with a mysterious mark on her neck and a mission to save herself and maybe even the world. #DarkHopeBook

Upon hearing that I was selected to review Dark Hope by Monica McGurk, I have to admit, I was pretty excited. Based upon the description, I instantly found Dark Hope interesting and was especially intrigued by the fantasy book genre. I have read books in this genre before and have found them hard to put down and Dark Hope was no disappointment.

Overview Of Dark Hope By Monica McGurk

Dark Hope is the story of a young girl, Hope, who was kidnapped. Shortly after being kidnapped, she was found unharmed, with only a certain mark on the back of her neck. Although the sudden finding of the young girl unharmed was unsual, people soon forgot the story and moved but the mark remained.

Years and years later, Hope moved out of her overly religious and protective father’s home and into her laid back mother’s house. She began a new school where she met another new student named Michael. Before she knows it, she found Michael and herself spending a lot of time together, and growing close until she found out who Michael truly was, and why he was at her school. Soon enough, they embark on a journey together to save not only herself, but perhaps even the world.

My Thoughts On Dark Hope

I really liked Dark Hope. No, I loved it! After I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Although the story line was fantasy like many other books I have read, Dark Hope was also very unique and unlike any other. I would most certainly recommend it to anyone who loves books in the fantasy genre.

The one thing I would like to point out is that some readers might like to be advised that the main theme of the book plays off a lot of stories in the Bible. For me that wasn’t an issue, but for some it might be. Other than that, I think this book is suitable to most audiences who like fantasy or young adult lit.

I have to say that I really loved Michael’s character most. He is this really good guy who really cares for Hope, but is forced to do things out of character in order to protect her. Although it is hard to tell you a lot about the book about giving it away, I will say that if you are an emotional person like me, you will be on a roller coaster. At times I found myself happy and excited. At other times I felt myself becoming mad and angry with these characters of whom aren’t even real! It’s great when a book can get you so enmeshed in the story.

Overall, I really loved the book, even though the ending was abrupt. I didn’t expect the actual big event to not take place in the first book. I have read many series and none of them have been like this one in particular. I guess it was a smart move on the McGurk’s part, because now I can’t wait to read the second book!

Check out our review for the 2nd book in the Archangel Prophecies Series, “Dark Rising” here and check out our review for the 3rd book in the series, “Dark Before Dawn,” here.

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  1. That sounds like an awesome book. I would love to read it.

  2. I read this too – and really liked Michael’s character! I loved that it really could be for a teen and that the teens weren’t speaking like adults (which a lot of other YA books can do.)

  3. Books like that are perfect. It’s been a while since I’ve read something that I could NOT put down.

  4. What a fantastic review of Dark Hope. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book and devour the pages. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the warning about it being a series rather than a separate book.

  5. This really sounds like a book my daughter would love. I will have to ask her if she’s heard of it.

  6. This sounds like a great read. I love a book that throws a little chick flick action into a good fantasy novel.

  7. I love reading books that take me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I’m adding this to my must read list.

  8. I have started reading more. At least one day a week reading and no computer – I missed reading a good book – this book sounds like a very good read.

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      I miss reading, too. I am glad that my daughter got to read it. I am trying to catch all my blogging stuff up and then I hope to read this and other books, too.

  9. Oh this book sounds good. I am glad you enjoyed it so much and will add it to my reading list.

  10. Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings says

    sounds like a great book- looking forward to reading it!

  11. Sound like a great book, now that the house is quiet during the day (back to school) I cant wait to curl up with a book 🙂

  12. My daughter loved this book! She is looking forward to the second one!

  13. YES! I feel this exact way. I am going to grab this to read during my new night feedings!

  14. Sounds like a book I would be very interested in reading! Will have to pick up a copy!

  15. I’ve read several reviews of this book and while it’s not something I’d ordinarily read, I’m convinced to try it!

  16. I am always looking for new reads! This sounds like a good book.

  17. i wouldn’t mind a story based on the bible. i don’t know much about it so it could act as a lesson to me

  18. I’ve been seeing Dark Hope around a lot lately. I’m VERY interested in this book. It feels like Twilight but with wings instead of fangs. I must read it.

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      It’s funny you mention that. I watched some of her videos on YouTube and if I remember correctly, the author got her start writing fan fiction about Twilight.

  19. Definitely will be grabbing this when I finish my current series I’m in the middle of ( book 5/8). Sounds right up my alley and I’m intrigued by the storyline- and Michael!

  20. I have been reading more fantasy type books lately, and this does sound like one I would enjoy. I will definitely add it to my must read list!

  21. I hadn’t heard of this book or author before. The story seems very intriguing!

  22. This sounds like a really great book. I need something new to read!

  23. I really enjoyed this book! I can’t wait for the second!

  24. Adding this to my reading list! I’m trying to get though my current book, which is 800 and something pages. I just can’t find the time!

  25. I would love to read this one! Adding it to my to read list!

  26. Oh this picked at my interest! What is the mark from?!

  27. I’ve read a few reviews, so I must check this out! Seems to be a favorite among some bloggers!

  28. I don’t normally delve into fantasy books. I just may have to change that though. It sounds great!

  29. Your review makes me want to get this book! I’m not usually a fantasy book reader but your excitement has me rethinking that.

  30. I thought the book was good too, although I must say I liked Hope better than Michael!

  31. I haven’t read a good fantasy book since high school. I’m really liking the story line

  32. Sounds like a great book. I will have to put it on my Good Reads list.

  33. I am right there with you on wanting to read the second book right away. Loved this story!!

  34. That sounds like an interesting book. I hadn’t heard of this title before!

  35. The book sounds interesting. I haven’t read anything in the fantasy genre but my teens love the genre.I think we will give it a try.Thanks,