Angelology with the hunt of an ancient artifact with some young adult romance is how I would best describe this book. The main character, Hope, is kidnapped as a toddler and miraculously found unharmed with only a mark on the back of her neck. Hope’s father becomes a religious fanatic and overprotective father, thinking Hope was Marked for God’s purpose. Hope’s parents separate and her father gets full custody of her until Hope is 15 and asks the judge to live with her mother. Strange things start happening to her like being attacked by birds and a group of students takes a weird interest in her and starts harrassing and bullying her. A boy named Michael shows up out of nowhere and becomes her only friend and protector. When Hope’s past comes back to haunt her, Michael reveals who he really is and together they start to try to solve the mystery of her past abduction, her Mark and what it means for humanity’s and heaven’s future. I enjoyed the background information given about the angel hierarchy, the Book of Enoch, and the “untold history” from biblical times the author spun to make the plot of this story. I thought that the romance between Michael and Hope was not needed and Michael could have just been super devoted to Hope and the story would have been fine. The mysterious elements of Hope’s Mark and her mission gradually unfolding made the book fly by when I had chance to sit down and read it.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.