A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

Posted 7 March, 2012 by Danny in Danny, Danny's Book Review, Featured, Uncategorized / 25 Comments

A Temptation of Angels

Book I in a series
Genre: YA fantasy / Angels / Historical
publication: March 20th 2012 by Dial Books for Young Readers
copy received from publisher via NetGalley
synopsis 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.

I admit, I never read a book from Michelle Zink before but I heard good things about her Prophecy of Sisters series. Being a sucker for Angel stories I knew I had to read this one! Add in the beautiful mysterious cover and I was sold!

World full of Angels, Hero’s, Heroine’s, Secrets and Love!

There is no mistaken here that this book focuses on the world building and setting the odds for what is to come in the next books. We discover together with Helen that Angels indeed exists and at the same time of course also their evil counterpart (demons). Moreover, Helen is no ordinary Angel, she’s one of very few Keeper of the World who are bound to protect the world and something very important… (Nope, not going to spill anything!)

I was fascinated with the lore Michelle Zink used and created here. We have a beautiful and wonderful mix of historian (story is set in London in the early 1900s), angelic lore, a little steampunk (very little but I found it cute) and I was very fast drawn into this world and desperately wanted to know more about the basics, rules and secrets!

Helen – wonderful strong protagonist!

Helen really had no easy time before she meets the Brothers (we talk about those hotties later) yet she stays incredible strong and never was on the edge to break. I found her a wonderful person yet I know giving the circumstances I wouldn’t have been so strong! It was admirable! At the same time she’s determined and focused to avenge what she has lost and does not let The Brothers tell her what to do! I believe she’s not the typical woman living in this time – but I liked her even more because of this! sometimes however, she overestimated herself a little and did some stupid things that she could have definitely avoided!

The Brothers! Oh my!

What is a good story without some hot boys? Well, nothing which is why we gat not one but two brothers here which are so different from each other, yet I fell in love with both of them! Darius is the older brother and bound to protect his little brother and standing rightful against everything evil – he’s also not very nice to Helen at some points, but what can I say I often have a soft spot for the bad boys! He’s a very closed character and no one apart from his brother can get near to him, which made him even more fascinating!

The other boy is the boy Helen falls for: Griffin – younger brother, strong, loyal and sweet! Yet, of course deadly when he has to fight some evil demons! He’s exactly what Helen needs in her situation right now, a broad should to lean one, someone who would protect her against everything and who simply loves her!

Unnecessary Love Triangle..

Yes there is one, but… I didn’t see this Triangle coming until the very end and it might be slightly spoilerish but this was one of the reasons why it was only a 4 star instead of a 5 for me. It was unnecessary and it felt forced for me. Also the BOI (Boy of Interest) didn’t do anything for me and I still have no clue why Helen has feelings for him!!!

Bottom Line

Fantastic introduction into a new world of Angels secrets, love and friendship. Wonderful heroine, smart and hot boys and so much more!!I’m eager to get back into this wold!

Much Love,

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25 Responses to “A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink”

  1. I didn't really dig Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters series, so I was reluctant to try out this book, hence the lack of requesting for the title on NetGalley. Still, it's good to know that the story is pretty good, but the romance aspect is what cinches the deal, and I don't want an annoying love triangle 🙁


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    DannyBookworm 3/8/2012

    I haven't read her books so I was really being totally fresh and open when I read this one. I didn't expect anything so I really ended up loving it!

    I admit that the Love Triangle was a drew back, I just don't feel like the story needs this? Plus, I don't get why!
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  2. AHHHHHHH! I NEED THIS DANNY! I tried to get it from NetGalley but got hardcore rejected:( It's scarred me a bit. Now I'm all scared to request anything through them, but I can't wait for this book to come out! So excited to meet this smexy brothers:)
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    DannyBookworm 3/8/2012

    OOOooooOOO I love you Jenny and .. I'm soooo bumped you got rejected. This was the discussion we had the other day right?
    I don't get it really. You write so much better Reviews that I do and your blog is bigger so !??!?
    But, there is a trend going on with NetGalley I'm not sure I like.. For instance, where are all the HarperTEEN titles? Just last year they added constantly awesome books, now? there is nothing and that after they set me auto-approved. First I was sooo damn excited but then, well, when there are no books?

    Back to the book, You have to meet The Brothers! I loved them, they are so different but both so awesome!
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  3. YAY!!!!! I'm so happy that you love this one! <3 I adored Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters series, and like you, I'm a little bit in love with angels so I was really excited to read this! This might be a bad thing to say, but I LOVE reading about brothers — although I guess it's better if both of them aren't love interests because that always makes things more complicated LOL! x)

    Amazing review, Danny! I already pre-ordered this one, and I'm really excited to read it! 🙂
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    DannyBookworm 3/9/2012

    OFinally another Angel fan just like me!! I just love them :))
    And… that's totally not bad thinking about those two awesome brothers… I know what you mean! *sigh* My favorite brothers though are The Winchesters from Supernatural …

    Oh and … I don't want to spoil anything but, the second brother is NOT the second Love interest ..
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  4. Oh noo, I so dislike forces love triangles. :/ I hope it develops to something better…
    I'm definitely curious about this book. I haven't really heard much about it, but your review intrigues me. o: I love strong characters (and hot boys, hehe), so it definitely sounds promising!
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    DannyBookworm 3/9/2012

    I think it will be solved soon, I really hope so because I just don't get it.. But the rest was really good and I liked it a lot. I'm curious to see how you liked it Rebecca!
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  5. I was wondering how this series would be. I've only read the first Prophecy book, but did like it. So tired of the love triangles when they are pointless and just there to be there, but the rest sounds good.

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    DannyBookworm 3/9/2012

    Oh I so agree;( Love Triangles always make my heart ache in a bad way, I don't really need them but I tempt to go along with them when I feel they are needed. Here? I might not get the point yet, maybe the point will be clearer in the next book!
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  6. I’m glad you really liked this one. I just could not get into the story. I think this book was a rip off of City of Bones and I don’t even love that series as much as everyone else does but I felt this was a complete take on that. Everything seemed so familiar that I was staring at the book often wondering if Clare wrote this book for her, changing just the character names.

    This is the only book on my blog that I have rated a 2/5. It was very upsetting and I barely even finished this one.

    Thanks for the great review, it was interesting to see it from a perspective of someone who enjoyed the story.
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    Danny 3/14/2012

    Really?? City of Bones? This for some reason never came to my mind… But now that you say this?
    I guess it’s hard to enjoy the book when you have the feeling that you heard the story before. I’m glad I didn’t because then I could completely enjoy the book for itself.
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