Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

Title: A Temptation of Angels
Author: Michelle Zink
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Dial
ARC, 435 pages
Date Published: March 20, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.
A Temptation of Angels was so very different from what I imagined it to be, but Michelle Zink is a fantastic storyteller and truly knows how to capture a reader. The story starts off very quickly and with a lot of punch. Sixteen year old Helen gets instantly thrown into a world that she was oblivious to; her parents are dead, she’s all alone, and she discovers she is one of a few people who help protect humankind.

Yeah, it’s a little bit overwhelming.

Helen finds herself some companions in brothers Griffin and Darius though. They are complete opposites, but each offers her some great advice…and maybe a little something more. Their history, mingled with Helen’s, is a tragedy all in itself, but they’re part of a bigger picture. The Dictata is complicated and full of mystery and it’s a story all in itself figuring it out. The crimes against the Dictata, and the murders of its members, hit Helen, Griffin, and Darius very close to home.

Enter in the bad guy…Raum…he’s supposed to be evil, but I couldn’t hate him. In fact, I find his side of everything to be understandable; not right, but I get him. He’s kind of an enigma in the grand scheme of things. The almost love triangle that forms is very strong (at least to me) from his side.

My one qualm with the book is that it comes off as too simple. The Dictata sounds complicated, as is The Legion (bad guys), but the focus is more on Helen. She’s important, don’t get me wrong, but I would have liked more about the bigger picture and less about her and her love life. Griffin is nice enough, but his instant love for Helen threw me a bit.

A Temptation of Angels is an easy read with a historical setting that is a bit vague, but still very much old world London. The setting, the language, and the descriptions are something that I normally shy away from, but I really enjoyed it. Michelle Zink has once again produced a story that is worth reading, but more than that, it is engrossing. It’s not to be missed.

Opening line: Though it was late, it was not the sound of arguing that woke Helen in the dead of night. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: “I’ve felt your belief in me, and though it seems small, I’ve begun to wonder if that’s all we really need. Just one person who knows us truly. One person who knows the darkness that lies within and believes in us anyway.” ~ pg. 379

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Cass (Words on Paper) said...

INSTA-LOOOOOOOOOOOVE! And it's a bad boy. Ick. What I liked about Prophecy of the Sisters was that there wasn't any love interests, or at least nothing prominent. Your review has me a bit worried now. Well. Hm. I have such a bad record with angel books, just can't seem to really enjoy any of them. There's just so much of that bad boy stuff and insta-love...

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