About the Book
(read complete synopsis on Monica McGurk's website)
Years following a bizarre child abduction, Hope Carmichael lived a sheltered life with her father. Now as a teenager, Hope returns to her mother in Atlanta, Georgia to start her life as a "regular teen." Not everything is quite what it seems, though. After getting hassled by a guy named Lucas, Hope meets an attractive rebel named Michael. He becomes her savior in more ways than one, beginning with an offer to drive her home, saving her from the bus bullies making her life hell. Things change once Hope starts working with class partner - and new friend - on a class assignment about human trafficking and discovers this cruel, criminal business is close to home. From the streets of Atlanta to the gritty glimmer of Las Vegas, Dark Hope by Monica McGurk "introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of extraordinary love, vast mythological scope, and great moral urgency."
I was immediately taken with the high school world the author created. Although I never really took the bus as a kid, the few times I did in high school - usually during field trips - were awful and I felt Hope's isolating pain as she was picked on by a few selective bus bullies. One in particular named Lucas stands out and he never really goes away throughout the book. Another guy gets close to Hope, a rebel named Michael who stands between her and the hassles of Lucas and his minions.
All of these initial events have much more meaning as the book goes on, and I thought the book picked up speed once she gets the assignment to work with a partner on a topic of their choice. That's when Hope meets Tabitha, a goth preacher's daughter, who encourages the topic of human trafficking. This hits close to home for Hope and despite her reluctance, she accepts the topic. This sends the book into high speed and what was once just traditional high school hell becomes much more.
I did spot a few holes in the initial part of the book, but this didn't prevent me from enjoying myself. This book was quite a ride and I admittedly read this in one day. Also, there were biblical references throughout the book, if you aren't familiar with them, don't worry. They don't distract from the story and they certainly don't distract from the exciting and intense plot line. Either way, you will want to finish this (probably in one day, like I did!) I loved the character Michael especially and thought he was such a vividly written character (and especially enjoyed it when Tabitha came on the scene!).
I can't wait to read the second book and find out what happens to Hope, Michael, and everyone else that is impacted by the events surrounding her story. Dark Hope is the first book in the Archangel Prophecies triology.
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