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Dark Before Dawn by Monica McGurk Book Review and Giveaway

Sunday, October 16, 2016


By Tera Kinsman


Hi, everyone! It’s YA book review time again. I’m reviewing Dark Before Dawn, the third and final book in Monica McGurk’s Archangel Prophecies series. (To read my reviews of the first two books in the series, Dark Hope and Dark Rising, click here and here.) As a thank-you, I received compensation and a free copy of the book, but all opinions are my own. And, cue book-lover squeal, there’s a giveaway for a copy of the book, thanks to the lovely author, Monica McGurk.




Dark Before Dawn book by Monica McGurk




Summary from Publisher:

It’s darkest before the dawn…and that can be very dark indeed.

Twelve years have passed since Hope Carmichael helped fulfill the ancient prophecy that permitted the Fallen Angels to return, forgiven, to Heaven. Now a lawyer at twenty-eight, Hope ‒ along with a resurrected Michael, the archangel who loves her ‒ has been presented with a choice: one that could either result in Hope never seeing her family again, or the world losing its greatest angelic protector. At the same time, Hope’s young sister Aurora struggles to help a school friend resolve her dark personal issues while being observed by a sinister adversary from Hope’s past, working on a plan for revenge that may soon plunge the entire Carmichael family into tragedy.

The culmination of the saga, which began in Dark Hope and continued in Dark Rising, Dark Before Dawn returns to the world of the Archangel Prophecies, telling one final story of adventure, moral urgency, and the ultimate choice Hope and Michael must make between the human and the divine.


My thoughts:


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Dark Before Dawn takes the reader twelve years ahead of the loss and sacrifice of Dark Rising, from Hope’s teenage years to her adulthood.  Years of healing and progress have left the Carmichael family safe and happy. Mona, Hope’s mother, her younger sister Aurora, and their family friend and protector, Arthur, live a content life in a quiet Atlanta community. Hope is a successful lawyer and has a long, loving relationship with Michael. But there is a tension lingering in their every interaction ‒ Heaven has offered Hope a life-altering choice ‒ one she’s running out of time to make. And something is waiting in the shadows for the Carmichaels and those they care about, waiting to strike.  Hope and Michael may have won important battles, but they soon learn that the war is far from over.

As I was reading Dark Before Dawn, I was struck by the complexity woven into the story. Every character, even angels, and each relationship, is shown as complex and flawed, while still being appreciated. For me, it was fascinating to see just how human the divine can be. The series also asks important questions about redemption ‒ can there be true forgiveness for those who don’t want it, don’t deserve it? And, very importantly, this final installment of The Archangel Prophecies goes deeper than ever into the world of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), showing the disturbing reality of what victims of this “industry” go through every day.

While this book dealt with some very serious issues and had moments of tragedy that were difficult to read, its slightly bittersweet ending was a satisfying close to the series, and hopefully opened eyes to the reality of modern-day slavery in the United States and around the world.


To learn more about human trafficking and what we can do, go to www.monicamcgurk.com.


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Comments! In nearly every book or series I read, there’s at least one character that stands out from the rest. For me, my TAP favorite is Tabby, Hope’s loyal, loving, and hilarious best friend. What is a recently-read character that you love…or love to hate? Fangirl with me in the comments below! And, follow me on Instagram for more books and an abundance of pictures of the sky. 

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7 Responses to “Dark Before Dawn by Monica McGurk Book Review and Giveaway”

Darlene said...

This looks like a great book that I would enjoy reading.

April Monty said...

#Monica Mcgurk
So many books,so many characters!I recently read all of the green mile series by Stephen King,Ive read it before but not all at once..George Coffey will forever stand out in my mind,a big,lumbering soft angel who only wants to heal everyone ,but lives in an ugly world and just wants to be free.Incredible story

Tera Kinsman said...

Hi Darlene! I think you should definitely give the series a try. I would recommend starting with the first book, Dark Hope, though. :)

Tera Kinsman said...

Hi April! I've never heard of The Green Mile series, but George sounds adorable.

Kim Propp said...

I've never heard of this series, but it sounds great. My son lives in the Philippines and works with orphans and abandoned kids. The Philippines is the third most dangerous place for homeless kids to live in the world according to UNICEF. I'd love to win this book to open my son to the truth about human trafficking and get him interested in helping. He likes to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid series over and over. It would be nice to get him a new favorite book!

Tera Kinsman said...

Hi Kim! Your son's work sounds amazing! I hope he enjoys the books if he chooses to read them.

Tera Kinsman said...

Hi Kim! Your son's work sounds amazing! I hope he enjoys the books if he chooses to read them.

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