Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
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.

Ever since I read Prophecy of Sisters by Michelle Zink, I've been curious to read more by her, so when I spotted A Temptation of Angels on Netgalley, I instantly requested it. Thankfully, it turned out to be a wondrous read, as not only did it provide a unforgettable setting and a mystifying plot but also characters I couldn't help but love. Truly, this book proved to be fabulous in every way possible.

From the first page, I was hooked, because it started with the perfect amount action and mystery, as it opens just as Helen is led to a secret passage way in the middle of the night and told by her parents to find the house of Griffin and Darius as well as to not look back. From the point on, I flipped the pages as fast as I could, dying to to know what would occur next, as Griffin, Darius, and Helen faced dauntless task after task. One of the best parts of the plot, though, was the fact that it all had to do with angels. I'm normally not one for angel books unless its a book by Cynthia Hand. However, I just adored the way Michelle presented the idea. It was extremely intricate! I loved the idea of a keeper as well as the mystery and threat surrounding the deaths of nearly every other angle around. Plus I especially adored the thrill and suspense that came with the hunt near the end. It was scary to say the least! 

Another part of the book I adored was the wide variety of characters. Even though Helen was a bit clueless and quick to act, I adored her from the start, because not only did I enjoy seeing the story through her eyes, but I also loved how strong she came throughout the book. By the end, she certainly wasn't someone to mess with. I also enjoyed the introduction of Griffin and  Darius, the brother due. Both were unique and fun to learn more about, and the fact that Griffin was the love interest made it all the better, in my opinion. I also enjoyed the addition of Raum, a mystery and dangerous boy. 

The writing in this was also really good. It kept me hooked from start to finish, and I loved the way Michelle brought the setting and characters to life.

In all, A Temptation of Angels is my favorite book of Zink's so far, and I can't wait to see what she has up her next. I can only hope it will be a sequel to this. :)

Grade: A+

A Temptation of Angels (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads) is now out!

Source: Publisher via Netgalley 


  1. Wow-I've only seen mixed to negative reviews of this which has really put me off (especially because I didn't enjoy the second or third book in her previous series). But your well-written review makes me reconsider my previous notions and want to give this book a try, maybe next time I have some free space in my blog schedule.

  2. I'm not super into angel books; there aren't many I've really liked. I've seen this around but haven't given it much thought, however, after reading your review, I may give it another gander. Thanks.


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