Darkangel by Christine Pope (Book 1: The Witches of Cleopatra Hill)


Original Title: Darkangel

Year Published: 2014

Published by:  Dark Valentine Press

Number of Pages: 233

First Sentence: My aunt Rachel paused at the doorway to my room.

Goodreads Rating: 3/5


Finding the man of your dreams can be a real nightmare…

As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.

But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin.

Darkangel is the first book in the Witches of Cleopatra Hill, a paranormal romance trilogy set in the haunted town of Jerome, Arizona.

My thoughts:

The premise of this book was so promising, but the execution was not really that great. It is obvious that this book is mostly a build up for the rest of the series. It means that it feels like the story never really goes anywhere for most of the book. There are some moments where we get some plot development but most just feels like an extremely long trip from point A to point B.

The characters are also quite flat. I never really connected with Angela, although I didn’t dislike her. I just didn’t care that much about her at all. She had some bright moments where I kinda went “you go girl” but mostly my attitude towards her was “meh”.

The biggest plot point was obvious from miles away and I figured it out early one, which made the rest of the book quite uninteresting. It doesn’t really help the overall plot either since it was quite lacking as it was. However, the book isn’t necessarily bad and the rest of the series (I think it’s like 7 books in total) might be interesting, but I will not read the rest of it. Especially since I don’t want to risk the same thing that happened with this book to happen with the others (is that correct English? Never mind, my brain is fried).

Do I recommend it? 

Sure, it is not bad, and the rest of the series might be good although I won’t read it.


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