Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

Lizzie     Jun 1st, 2012     Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Reviews     0 Replies

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Dial (March 20, 2012)
Source: ARC received from author
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0803737262
ISBN-13: 978-0803737266

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.

I was honored when Michelle picked me to receive one of very last ARCs she had of A Temptation of Angels. So thank you very much Michelle!

I really, really enjoyed this one. Probably more than her previous three books, and I loved the Prophecy trilogy a whole lot. There was just something about this one that I adored! Maybe it was the fact that this one is set in and around London? Maybe it’s those British accents? Or maybe it’s the writing, which is lyrical and engaging as I’ve come to expect from Ms. Zink.

I’m not sure. But I loved this book beyond words.

Helen is a strong character and I do wish that could’ve been showcased more. I know it is set in a time where women were considered very fragile but the boys in the story, Darius and Griffin, seemed to not realize that Helen was well and capable of doing a lot more than they allowed, despite that she was equal to their positions with the Dicata. I’m hoping in the next book, Helen sets them straight. That was the only thing I have complaints about. The rest of the book = awesome.

As I’ve said before, Michelle is an incredibly lyrical writer. She weaves such amazing tales, and she knows what she’s doing. If that wasn’t apparent in the Prophecy trilogy, it will be in this one. I had no trouble getting into the story because of her amazing writing. Well, also because there was absolutely no time wasted getting to the action! Right off the first few pages, the story began and I was so engaged in it.

And let me tell you: I’ve never been so torn between two male characters. Raum and Griffin were both so… GAH! Well, actually, Helen can have Griffin and I’ll have Raum. ;)

Enough of that.