Monica McGurk’s “Dark Rising” Book Review #sponsored #DarkRising

Monica McGurk's Dark Rising Book Review #sponsored #DarkRising
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After reading Monica McGurk’s first book in the Archangel Prophecies, Dark Hope, I couldn’t wait for the release of the second one. Now, I am done with the second book, Dark Rising, and I couldn’t be any more impatient for the release of the third. The second book exceeded my expectations, and kept me sneaking away to read more.

Monica McGurk’s Dark Rising Book Review

The first thing I want to note about Dark Rising is the character development. Throughout this book, many characters aside from the main two (Michael and Hope) were characters I could empathize with. I enjoyed learning more about Hope’s parents, and the other characters that traveled along with Michael and Hope. Much like the first book, Dark Rising was pretty intense for most of the book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat or gasping out loud when sudden plot twists took place – and trust me, there are A LOT!

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During the second book, Michael and Hope are on a search for the key to Heaven’s Gate. While on the seemingly difficult search, they encounter sex traffickers, fallen angels, and many more obstacles that try to prevent their success in their journey. This time, their searching will take them across the sea to different countries to search for the key. While reading about Michael and Hope’s journey, you will also find that the book adds chapters that are solely about Hope’s parents and friends at home. I like this, because it allows us to form an emotional connection with the story and a variety of characters. While we are wanting Hope and Michael to succeed, we also feel terrible due to her parents thinking she has been kidnapped by sex traffickers.

My only “con” found in this book is the dragging out of the journey. I am someone who tends to lose interest easily, and during the middle of this book I started to – but only for a very short time. The journey took a while but before I knew it, it smacked me in the face with a HUGE plot twist, and I was drug right back in! Here is a little warning: You will face many plot twists – some that might even leave you an emotional wreck!

Overall, I really loved the second book to the Archangel Prophecies. It ended on a huge cliffhanger, which only makes my impatience worsen. I cannot wait for the release of Dark Before Dawn {sometime later this year}. I would also like to note that “A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book, and its predecessor, Dark Hope, will be donated to organizations that fight human trafficking, especially the sexual trafficking of minors.”

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  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    That sounds like a great read. It would be perfect to bring along on my upcoming road trip.

  2. I do love a good book. I must get a copy if this one to read.

  3. Ashley Sparks Mullins says

    Sounds like a great book. I’ll be adding both books to my list.

  4. Sounds great! I used to love to read but now rarely have the time. Maybe this summer?! Hopefully.

  5. Elizabeth O. says

    The story sounds really interesting, I love a book that gives way to many characters. It’s would be great to win a signed copy of course! That’s really awesome!

  6. I completely agree with you. I need a book that keeps moving, or I get bored. This book sounds like an intense read though, especially with all the characters they encounter.

  7. This sounds like a really good book. I’m adding them both to my list of books to check out. Thanks!

  8. I am the same way. I need a book that keeps moving. Looks like a good one still though.

  9. What an awesome giveaway. This story sounds fascinating. It definitely hits on some interesting themes.

  10. I think I’m going to grab this book! I love sitting outside on cold nights with a coffee and a book….and I don’t have a new book yet! Thanks!

  11. What a great giveaway. This story sounds amazing. I can’t wait to check it out!

  12. Sounds like my kind of genre. I will have to put this on my Kindle reading list. Great giveaway as well.

  13. OOOH this book sounds like my cup of tea. Thanks for the tip and the great giveaway.

  14. Sounds like an exhilarating series of novels. I will have to look out for them next time I’m on a long plane or train journey, they’d be perfect.

  15. I read that book before! It is really amazing and great. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I haven’t read this book yet, but I think it is something that my mother in law would really enjoy.

  17. I just finished this book recently. I loved it and thought it was much better than book #1. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next one.

  18. Stacy Kripas says

    Sounds like a good book to read. I want to read it because i’m curious to the story.

  19. That’s nice when you are on the edge of your seat for a good portion of the storyline. I like the surprises when reading too. 🙂

  20. Dark Rising sounds like a wonderful book with lot of twists & thrills all around to bring a great reading experience. My husband loves books with such twisting themes & I am sure he is going to love this one.

  21. Melissa Bernardo says

    This book looks like a great read. I love a good book. Thank you for sharing!

  22. This sounds like a really interesting book, thank you for the opportunity to win them, good luck everyone!

  23. I am always looking for a good book. I would love to win these and check them out! Thanks for sharing.