Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk Review & Giveaway!


When I worked in the library, I was always very involved with the teens. I loved reading the young adult books that came through and even participated in mock book award panels for teen books. Now my daily reading normally amounts to repeated readings of various kids books. But occasionally I get the chance to read after the kids to go bed and you'll normally find a young adult book on my nightstand. Recently I got the chance to read Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies by Monica McGurk.


In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, Dark Hope introduces readers to The Archangel Prophecies, a new young adult saga that blends the feeling of Twilight with a vast mythological scope and moral urgency, as well as to Hope Carmichael—a young woman instantly memorable for her endurance, heart, and determination—and Michael, Hope’s dangerous companion who’s fated either to save Hope—or to kill her.
A portion of proceeds from this book will be donated to organizations that fight human trafficking.

There is no slow introduction to this book. You are immediately drawn into the story by learning about a little girl's abduction and mysterious rescue. Hope's story leaves nothing but questions and I found myself racing through the book hoping for answers. When we are introduced to her 10 years after her abduction, she is adjusting to life in a new town with her mother. She starts a new school and meets a mysterious, gorgeous boy named Michael. If this sounds reminiscent of another famous young adult book, it should! McGurk actually started her career writing fan fiction based on Twilight. It was hard not to roll my eyes during Hope and Michael's initial meeting in the principle's office as it was so similar to a Twilight scene. If your teen loved Twilight, they are sure to like Dark Hope.

Unlike Twilight, McGurk chooses to delve into a dark real world issue that is facing young people around the world, human trafficking. For this reason, I strongly suggest that a parent read this book before giving it to their teen to determine if the maturity level is appropriate for their child. This is not a book I would let my young teen read. I do feel that it is an important issue that should be examined and I applaud McGurk for being a voice against human trafficking.

I think this would be a perfect book for an older teen book club as there discussion questions in the back. It is a fast paced, easy read! Despite being nearly 400 pages, I finished it in two days. I will warn you that when you finish it, you will be left wanting more. I want to know what happens to Hope and Michael and I will definitely be reading the second book in the three book series when it comes out.

To learn more about Dark Hope, check out Monica McGurk's social media pages:

Giveaway

I'm excited to have the chance to giveaway one copy of Dark Hope to one of my readers! 

How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Follow the instructions on the widget to enter. All current likes/follows count! Please contact me if you run into any technical difficulties with Rafflecopter. The giveaway runs through Monday, September 8th at 11:59 PM CST! The winner will have 12 hours to respond to the notification email or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is open to residents of the US.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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