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.