Book Review: A Temptation of Angels

Book Review: A Temptation of AngelsA Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Published by Dial Books on March 20th 2012
Pages: 448
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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.

I loved Zink's previous series because of so many, many reasons. And there was plenty to look forward to with A Temptation of Angels.
 
Michelle Zink has a distinctive writing style. One that I fell in love with while reading her The Prophecy of the Sisters series. And it has definitely evolved with A Temptation of Angels. It was obvious to me for the beginning that Zink was trying to do something completely different from her previous series here. And it worked out nicely.
 
A Temptation of Angels begins with a startling revelation. Helen Cartwright, an average sixteen year old girl, whose life completely changes in an instant. Gone is her childhood home, her family, everything that seems familiar. Now as she tries to pick up the pieces of what is left, Helen is thrown into more instability with two brothers with two different agendas.
 
Zink builds a beautiful historical setting. Adding in plenty of twists with the supernatural element. The angel angle is being beaten to a bloody pulp right now, but Zink still manages to introduce some seemingly new concepts to her premise. And I definitely appreciated that.
 
Helen was a character that took a little warming up to. On the surface, there may not be anything extraordinary about her. But her personality and her determination was endearing. As for the boys, I loved how different they were from each other. Darius, the strong, silent type with a chip on his shoulder. Griffin, always trying to see on the bright side. Plus, we have a mysterious addition, Raum. He certainly follows the beat of his own drum. Not completely sure where his loyalties lie yet, but I am sure he will be sticking around to mix things up a bit.
 
Final Verdict: 
 
A Temptation of Angels certainly was different than Zink's previous work. Sadly, it almost felt like I was reading a Cassandra Clare book rather than one by Michelle Zink. The angel lore is promising and differs from others previously read, but the addition of the questionable love triangle and often slow pacing hurt more than it helped. I am really on the fence with this series. Unless the next book's summary really captures my attention, my future with this series may be over before it really could begin.
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5 responses to “Book Review: A Temptation of Angels

  1. Christina Kit.

    I’ve been eyeing A Temptation of Angles for such a long time!

    I love angel books, and if this one has a different mythology that is really awesome. I read a few of the excerpts on Michelle Zink and I love the tone of the book.

    Thanks for the review.

    • Christina Kit.

      Oops, I mean on Michelle Zink’s website. She had posted a few excerpts to introduce us to the characters and also included photos of how she envisioned the characters. This was great, to see how the author sees her characters.

  2. Oh my goodness. I totally agree that it read like a Cassandra Clare novel. I was really disappointed through the whole book and kind of felt like Helen was a dead weight rather than a kick-butt heroine.

  3. Krista

    I really, really want to read this book…but mostly because I love the cover. That’s interesting that it read’s like a Cassandra Clare. I love her books, but I find the pacing odd. They’re weighed down by a lot of fluff in my opinion. I don’t mind love triangles, but I’m not jumping up and down for them. I’ll definitely wait to read the book. Thanks for the review!!

  4. I was very excited about this but the comparison to the Clare novel really gives me pause; I like action and cool mythology, not girls torn between a multitude of boys.

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