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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: Dark Hope by Monica McGurk - Young Adult Book

When we were given the opportunity to do a sponsored review of a young adult book, I thought this was the perfect opportunity - to have my middle school age adult daughter do it, that is. After all, she's the target audience! Here is her review. I have not yet read the book, but it's on my nightstand now.

"I reviewed Dark Hope by Monica McGurk. This is the first book in the Archangels Prophesy series.

The book follows a girl named Hope who was abducted as a little girl. After the abduction, her father becomes super overprotective, causing her parents to divorce. Hope’s dad gets custody and she goes to live with him. Years later, Hope asks for a change in custody and moves in with her mom to starts high school. She meets a boy named Michael who turns out to be an angel protecting her from a group of angels he called the fallen ones, who believe she is the “bearer of the key” and want to capture Hope and use her to destroy heaven.

Dark Hope was interesting and I enjoyed reading it. I loved the characters and there were a lot of twists in the plot so it never got boring. One thing I didn’t like about it though is there were a lot of references to Christianity and the bible, so I feel I would have understood the plot and maybe even the characters in more depth if I was Christian.

I think the book is definitely more of a girl’s book and is probably best for middle school kids. This book is book one in a trilogy. I would read the other books.

You can read more about Dark Angel at the author's website here.

One thing I like about this author is that she's trying to help stop human trafficking (it's mentioned in the book), and a portion of her book sales money will go to help organizations doing this. I am also raising money to help stop human trafficking. For my Bat Mitzvah project, I have been raising money to free child slaves in Ghana through an organization called Breaking the Chain Through Education. You can read more about my project and the organization here. Through sales of my hand-made jewelry, I've already raised about $3,000, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by my dad's employer. I am continuing to sell my jewelry, with all proceeds going to end child slavery in Ghana. I like that Monica McGurk and I are interested in the same cause!"

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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