Can we talk about how I keep getting pushed out of my reading comfort zone and I’m loving it? Take Dark Hope by Monica McGurk for example. It’s got angels and prophesies, sex-trafficked kids and Asian mafias, all things I wouldn’t normally be drawn to, but once I got into this book, I was hooked.
Dark Hope is the first in a trilogy (and we know how much I love a trilogy!) about Hope, a teenage girl who has lived an extremely sheltered life. It all started when Hope was younger and was kidnapped while at the local playground with her father. Thankfully Hope was rescued a few days later but her father never fully recovered from the incident he felt was his fault since it happened while she was at the playground with him.
Fast-forward a decade and Hope’s parents have separated (although never divorced) and have been living a part for years. Hope lives with her overly-religious father who can’t hold down a job because he’s too focused on keeping his daughter safe, training her for survival in case she goes missing again, and cramming her head full of Bible verses.
Finally at fifteen, Hope makes a request to the judge to move in with her mother and her mom welcomes her home with open arms. Hope immediately enrolls in public school, starts making a few friends, and enjoys the freedom that was unheard of while living with her father. One friend Hope makes, Michael, seems to be almost angelic in his appearance and demeanor. And he only has eyes for Hope in a way that could either be super-romantic or super-creepy.
As Hope gets to know Michael better, she learns secrets that make her past come back clearer and brighter than ever before. And as Michael reveals his true self to her, she has to decide what to believe about God, angels, good versus evil, and how to stand up for those that don’t have a voice.
It took me a little longer than normal to get feel connected to the characters and to care about them, but once I did, I couldn’t put Dark Hope by Monica McGurk down. I read it during class, I read it sitting in my car in the driveway at my house, and I read it late into the night until it was finished. And there’s a love story that’s pretty hot in an unconventional way that kept me pretty entertained. I loved that every time I picked up the book, another plot twist was waiting for me. It made putting it down, especially near the end, really hard.
And here’s the great news! I have a copy to giveaway to a lucky reader! If you or someone you know loves young adult novels or is looking for a new trilogy to obsess over, this would be the one!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.