Dark Hope is the first book in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy written by Monica McGurk. I loved this book (I read it in three days!) and I think it promises to be an exciting series. I already looked to see if the second one was out and sadly it is not. Now, I want to summarize the story, but not give it away or spoil it in anyway. So, bear with me as I do the best I can.
- Dark Hope features two main characters, Hope and Michael. By the end of the book it looks like her parents will also be main characters.
- Hope is 15 years old and has just switched from living with her father to instead living with her mother. At her new high school she quickly makes friends with an extra good looking guy, Michael.
- Michael is actually the Archangel Michael making his interest in Hope forbidden.
- Not only that but there is a side issue happening at the same time dealing with the sex trafficking of children.
So, needless to say this is not you typical love story nor is it your typical angels versus demons story. It is an almost love story while dealing with good and evil and the evil is primary illegal child trafficking. On top of this the author has weaved in Hope’s parents dynamics which range from mental health issues to divorce dynamics to over zealous religious beliefs. I am a Christian, so as I was reading I was a little alarmed when the book referred to the book of Enoch. Because there is no book of Enoch in the Bible. At least not in any Bible I have read. So, I looked it up, because I thought maybe this was Mormon or Catholic or possibly just something the author made up. Here is what I found out according to Wikipedia
- The Book of Enoch is an ancient Jewish religious work, ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, although modern scholars estimate the older sections (mainly in the Book of the Watchers) to date from about 300 BC, and the latest part (Book of Parables) probably to the end of the first century BC.
- Most Christian denominations and traditions may accept the Books of Enoch as having some historical or theological interest or significance, but they generally regard the Books of Enoch as non-canonical or non-inspired.
With that in mind I was able to continue reading the book and enjoying it as a wonderful piece of fiction, not to be confused with Christian fiction or some other type of religious fiction.
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