Monday, October 17, 2016

Dark Before Dawn by Monica McGurk - Book Review

Thank you Monica McGurk for reaching out to me to review the third installment of your Archangel Prophecies book series!  This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Dark Before Dawn is the third book in the Archangel Prophecies series by Monica McGurk.  Because of that, I am giving you fair warning that you will definitely want to read the first two installments before you start this book.


I have been anxiously awaiting this books’ release.  I love series, but I am not so good at waiting for the next installment to be released (I started reading Harry Potter before book 5 was released…that was some difficult waiting!).  If you would like to read my reviews of the first two books, you can find them here –

                                 
Dark Before Dawn starts off with a scene reminiscent of the fairies blessing Sleeping Beauty as a baby, and the old fairy coming in afterwards and giving her a curse.

We are met with Michael, the Archangel, as well as Gabrielle, Arthur, and Raph; where they all bestow blessings on a new baby, somewhat reluctantly by everyone but Michael who ordered them to be there.  Lurking in the corner was Lucas, who ended up adding his own “special” blessing in a curse.

Then we fast forward several years into the future.

I actually appreciated this part of the story.  I wasn’t sure how the entire relationship would play out between a teenager and an Archangel, so creating a bit more balance that way was a good move in my mind.  Although, with the ending of book two, I think this could have been a good book as to what Hope went through to this point to make her into the person she is today.

Hope is now a much more confident, strong person, although she is constantly worrying about the decision she needs to make – how will she move forward, with or without Michael?

This book is quite a bit different than the first two books in the series as it concentrates heavily on child trafficking.  This was featured in the previous two books, but it was much more a background story than it was in this third installment.  You can feel the passion that the author has for this incredibly important cause, and bringing it to the main stream.


I think it was incredible to see the imagery of what is happening in this country currently, something that I did not really consider before.

The ending is not at all what I expected, but it was a wonderful way to end the series. 

It was a very fast paced book, which made it a quick read.  Overall, I think this is a wonderful series for young adults, and one that I would definitely recommend to people who enjoy fantasy novels.  I would recommend that if you would like your teen or tween to read this series that you make sure you read with them, it will definitely bring up some amazing questions and talking points about the real world beyond the doorstep of most kids today.


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41 comments:

  1. This sounds like a series I would like. I will have to get book one and start reading!

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  2. Wow - these sound really intense! I have no time to read lately and its making me sad! These are written down on my Notes section in my phone to purchase once I get a break!

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  3. I am always up for a new book, thanks for the review. I am going to put these down on my list.

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  4. Oh this sounds like such an interesting read! I am adding to my list now!

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  5. I actually really enjoy reading brief reviews about books I haven't even dreamed about reading. I used to be the biggest reader, and then it all fell apart at some point! xx Adaleta Avdic

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  6. I need to grab the first 2 books in the series. I love the idea of getting this as a gift for the holidays. It's caught my interest!

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  7. This sounds like a great series. It's been a while since I finished the last book I was reading. It's time to add more books to my list.

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  8. My kids aren't at this stage of reading yet. We're still at Angelina Ballerina and the Famous Five. I can't wait until they start reading fantasy and sci fi! This series looks interesting, I'll keep it in mind.

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  9. I love how much you told and how much you didn't! I am really interested in reading this series. I think a perfect time to do it is over Thanksgiving. Thanks!

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  10. This series sounds really interesting! I love the cover artwork.

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  11. Sounds intriguing! I'll have to check the first 2 books out before I try this one though. I always have to start at the beginning. Great review by the way. Just enough info to pull you in... ;)

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  12. It's been awhile now since the last time I read a book. Although I'm not really into sci-fi book, but I'm quite intriguing with these two books. Love the way you review them.

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  13. I'm always looking for new a series to read, this sounds like something I'd really like! I love sci-fi so I am definitely putting this on my Kindle must-read list. Thanks!

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  14. These are all looks an interesting books. I would check this out

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  15. How interesting. I love to read so I might have to check this one out.

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  16. I have never really gotten into reading series but this one sounds amazing. I may have to give it a try

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  17. Great review. I will add all three books to my reading list

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  18. Oh I need to check this book out! sounds like a great read

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  19. Oooh this book is right up my alley! I've been looking for a new series to get into! This one sounds super intriguing.

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  20. This sounds like the book for my daughter. She loves these series books like this. She would absolutely love this one.

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  21. I love a good fantasy series. May have to check this one out!

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  22. This book sounds great and I will add it to my list of "must reads". Thanks for the review :-)

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  23. That book sounds awesome. I have not been able to pick up a book to read for fun in a long time. Maybe once I graduate college I will be able to again!!!

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  24. I'm actually not a big fan of book series in general, I tend to get tired of it by the second book. But I have to say that this one sounds quite interesting.

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  25. This book sounds very entertaining! I don't read too much but I know some friends who would enjoy this!

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  26. Sounds like a great series! I loved these types of fantasy books when I was a teenager and it's always so great to find a series you love that you can follow through multiple books.

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  27. They sounds like great books! Perfect for reading with a cup of tea on a rainy day !

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  28. I'll have to check the series out. Thanks for reviewing!

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  29. Thanks for your review. I will sure check this whole series.
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  30. Sounds exciting, might give it a go myself.

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  31. I am intrigued by this series! Will have to download on my kindle!

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  32. This sounds like an interesting read, I've never heard of these books before. They certainly have an appeal for young adults.

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  33. I love a good fantasy romance and your review just made me want to check this series out!

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  34. I am in the mood for new books so definitely checking this out!

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  35. Fantasy books are really interesting. I mean, I am amazed that authors have such wide imaginations. Sometimes I wonder how they even thought of these things. I mean, fairies and archangels? I have never even thought of putting those two together. I have always separated it from my mind. :)

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  36. I am always looking for new books to read. I read a lot so I go through a few books a week. This is going on my list.

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  37. Sound like an interesting read. I'll have to add this to my list after I finish Romeo and Juliet.

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