Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: A Temptation of Angels

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Publisher: Penguin Group
Released: 3/20/12
Rating: 4 stars—I loved it!

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.

Michelle Zink’s new book (after the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy) is an angel book. And I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not crazy about angel books, but, I am a huge fan of Michelle’s work, and I was really excited to see her spin on them.

And I was totally not disappointed. Helen is a character I really enjoyed watching grow from a girl shoved into a closet, to one willing to face her fears and her past. Perhaps more than Helen, though, I really liked the boys in this story. Helen is paired with a set of brothers who are Keepers like she is. All of them are now orphans, and when we learn that the one responsible for their murders is Helen’s childhood friend, Raum, the tension skyrockets.

Zink carefully balances romantic tension with plot, and for a bit, your left wondering if Helen will choose the noble Griffen Channing or the beautiful, broken Raum. It’s an excellent read, with enough alternate history to leave you wondering if your reading historica, steampunk or fantasy. I highly recommend it, and all of Michelle’s work.

And, because she’s fabulous, Michelle Zink will be joining us on Monday for an interview about writing! 

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