Author: Michelle Zink
Publisher: Dial Books, 435 Pages (March 20th, 2012)
From: won from the Author
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: 4 Stars - A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink is a mysterious story interlaced with secrets and Angels. It’s a thrilling story of good vs. evil with romance and so much more!
Helen has always had a full life. With two loving, dotting parents she’s happier than ever. Until one night it all changes faster then she could have ever imagined. Forced by her mother to hide in a hidden passage in a wall of her family home, Helen has only a small hand full of her belongings, a few words from her mother and then names of two brothers and their address when she’s told to run.
One thing about Helen that I loved was her adaptability, which came so naturally with great thanks to her father. He taught her from when she was very young, via games things that her parents would know she’d need someday in later life. It’s just too bad that she’s needing these tools sooner rather than later. Sadly she doesn’t know anything that’s going on around her. Her life has turned into a mystery that she has to figure out all while trying to survive. Helen’s voice throughout the story created a perfect balance to the main male characters throughout the story. She was the softer side of things, always giving a different way to thinking about the various situations she faces throughout the book. She’s also pretty tough even when she doesn’t think she is. She always finds what she needs inside of her to figure things out and do what she needs to in order to help keep her and the brothers alive.
Speaking of the brothers… let’s talk about Darius and Griffin for a bit. Darius is the older brother who’s rough and keeps people at a distance. I totally understand why he’s not the nicest and at best stand offish. They all have reason to be after what they’ve been through. I thought for sure something more would happen with Darius, I just had that feeling while I was reading that there would be some major that happened, yet it didn’t. I really liked his characters’ the most out of all the boys within the story and I think I’ll just chalk it up to the fact that I tend to fall for the bad guy in the book. Then there’s Griffin who’s the nice guy of the two brothers. He has no problem extending his hand to Helen and befriending her. He understands where she’s coming from and doesn’t want her to feel alone. I enjoyed the story and watching it unfold between these two, yet there were times that I questioned if things were really meant to progress further than friendship.
There was a bit of a love triangle that happened, yet it wasn’t, in my opinion a full blown one. The other guy in the triangle was just so interesting and a whole other layer to the story. I really hope that in the next installment we get a chance to see this mysterious character more.
I can’t forget to give Zink props for her writing skills and imagination, which not only keep the reader entertained but also engulfed in the story and invested in her characters. In a story built on secrets and the world unknowingly at stake it’s up to Helen and the brothers to figure out how to survive.
All in all, I was thrilled with my first experience in reading a book by Zink. I’m looking forward to reading her Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy and also to see what happens next in Zinks London of old and her story of Angels and Demons. Pick this one up and read it soon!