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A Dark ‘Romeo and Juliet’: A Review of Christine Pope’s “Darkangel” Description: “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:

First off, this was not something I would normally read. It was book one in a collection of paranormal stories. Darkangel by Christine Pope was a surprisingly interesting story.

Although there are numerous tales about witches, this one was quite inventive. One of the secondary characters, Sydney, summed the story up quite well–the Montagues and the Capulets (that’s “Romeo and Juliet” for anyone who has never read or seen the story). In Pope’s version, Angela McAllister is Juliet and her Romeo is Connor Wilcox. The McAllisters and Wilcoxes are two clans of witches who have been in battle for decades. But, there’s no fatal pledge between the two ‘clan-crossed’ lovers. Instead, it’s more of a ‘love you to death and beyond’ sort of thing. After all, they are witches.

This was not a typical paranormal romance tale either. This first book has the main character, Angela, looking for the man of her dreams (literally) but it’s not an obsession for her (yet). That’s the concern of her clan. She’s destined to rule them and the head of the clan is supposed to have a mate.

I appreciated Pope’s use of description. Although I’ve traveled through Arizona and have an idea of what it looks like, anyone could easily picture Jerome from her detail.

Although I enjoyed the plot and characters, the overall story was rather humdrum. There wasn’t any real action until the final chapters. The rest of the book was more like a very long prologue.

The last two chapters had me eager to pick up the next installment. I recommend Christine Pope’s Darkangel. It is a well-written and creative story. Just be patient. The best is yet to come.

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