Review: A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS by Michelle Zink

A Temptation of Angels
Michelle Zink
400 pages
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 20th, 2012
Source: Bound Manuscript from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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.

   Deliciously indulging, Michelle Zink’s latest is meant to be devoured. From the captivating exterior to the entrancing interior, A Temptation of Angels was well worth its words.

   Zink’s memorable writing style, full of lush emotions and vivid descriptions, is back again, this time, in the third-person point of view. With a mouthy heroine, two daring brothers, and a grandfatherly inventor who filled me with warmth – A Temptation of Angels seemed to have a variety of diverse and memorable characters.

   The storyline was action-packed, with twists and turns in all the unlikely places. Though at times the plot seemed rushed, I never found myself getting lost along the way. However, I did feel that the ending came down in a swoosh, it was too soon, most likely because its Zink’s first standalone novel.

  Though I liked Helen a good portion of the time, I felt that she was a little too mouthy, asking questions I didn’t feel a clueless teenage girl could ask. Yet the language was wonderful – just as you’d imagine a novel set in historical London would be. There were times when I felt that I had dived back into the world of Michelle Zink’s first series – The Prophecy of the Sisters. So if you’ve read the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy, you’ll know a little bit about what to expect from A Temptation of Angels. Yet at the same time, you won’t.

Get yourself ready to dive in soon, this is one ride you don’t want to miss.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    ashelynn hetland

    March 5, 2012

    ooh, love this review! I'm rather excited for this book, even though I haven't read Michelle Zink's first series–I just love angel books.

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    Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

    March 5, 2012

    nice review! i'm glad it sounded authentic with old english and is set in london.

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    Mel - Thedailyprophecy.

    March 5, 2012

    I'm now reading her second book in the Prophecy of the sisters and I like her writingstyle. This sounds great!

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    March 5, 2012

    I have major cover love for this book! The cover is gorgeous. It sounds really fantastic too! Thanks for the lovely review.
    Amy @ Book Loving Mom

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    Rummanah Aasi

    March 5, 2012

    Glad you liked this one! I got a copy of the book and look forward to reading it.

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    Katie @ BlookGirl

    March 5, 2012

    Great review! I think I'll go ahead and add this to my TBR List. I've always loved the cover, but wasn't sure of the actual plot. You've convinced me :-)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Happy reading!

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    March 5, 2012

    So excited to read this one Hafsah! I'm wondering if I'll mind Helen's mouthiness since I have quite a mouth on me, but I'm glad you pointed it out so I can be prepared for it going in. Can't wait!

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    YA Book Queen

    March 5, 2012

    The writing sounds lovely! I'll have to add this one to my TBR list,

    Fabulous review, Hafsah! :)

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    March 5, 2012

    Ooh, twists and turns in a plot really keep me engaged. This sounds really well written, with the language and all. Think I'll have to check this one out!

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    Dazzling Mage

    March 5, 2012

    I hope this remains a stand-alone novel! I love Zink's writing, but I wasn't that happy with how Guardian of the Gate was written. Still, I'll keep this on my radar.

    Great review!

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    March 6, 2012

    Well I'm glad you really loved this one. I just couldn't handle it, I almost put the book down but it was for an arc tour site so I finished it but I didn't enjoy it. It is probably the only book on my blog that got a rating of 2/5.

    It is great to see a different perspective on the story though, thanks for the great review. :)

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    Kara D.

    March 6, 2012

    Sounds like a good book! I haven't heard of this author before!

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    March 6, 2012

    I haven't read the Prophecy of the Sisters books yet, but I read this book a while back and LOVED IT. It's really spectacular!

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    March 19, 2012

    I wasn't able to get into The Prophecy of Sisters, but there isn't all that much out there that's teen historical fantasy. I'd like to see this turn out better.

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    October 15, 2012

    I'm not an angel book person. I should have known better before reading this. But I keep trying because I want to like them. I just don't in the end.

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    November 3, 2012

    A plot set in historical London sounds wonderful. I enjoy this author. I need to read this one.

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    November 9, 2012

    I have the book but haven't read it yet. I haven't read her other book so I guess I won't know what to expect. I like twists and turns and I do love historical books too. Thanks.

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    Jaime Lester

    November 16, 2012

    I think that when I tried to read this a while back, I must not have been in the right frame of mind for it. After the initial chapter it continues on slowly. I have heard good things about it though, so when I am in a patient mood, I definitely plan to try it again. Thanks for your review!

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    November 28, 2012

    I have been wanting to read some of her books, I have been really curious of her Prophecy of Sisters series. Great review!