Starred Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

From Hicklebee’s: 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.

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This book is quite different from the series that brought Michelle Zink to my attention and kept her there. A Temptation of Angels is a fantastical start to what I hope is a wonderfully dark series.

The story begins with Helen being shoved into the wall and told not to move until she could hear no sounds of people for a very long time. Helen waited in the wall until her house burned down around her. She left through the set of hidden stairs her mother had told her about. After going through tunnels Helen came out to see a friend who helped guide her to the house in the city where she will find her true destiny.

I don’t know why Helen’s parents never told her what they were, I suppose they were trying to keep her innocent to the world as long as they could. As Helen trains to pick up her family’s mantle we learn that her father and mother did prepare her for this, just not in the ordinary way.

There are plenty of details left around the book like a trail of breadcrumbs leading you to the stunning conclusion. I loved the lore involved with the main plot and it was plain to see that Zink spent time researching and building wicked webs of friendship and deception. The side characters were fleshed out and not used to advance the plot. Holy Action, Batman! There was tons of kick ass moments where Helen and the brothers truly got to shine.

A Temptation of Angels is breathtakingly written. The boys are hot, the friends are great characters and out protagonist is torn between light and dark. Her inner struggle, her feminism, and her bad-assery make Helen one of my favorite characters this year.

If you enjoy fantasy, or have read a bunch of angel books that have sworn you off the genre- give A Temptation of Angels a go.

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    Wonderful Review!! I loved this book too and Helen was indeed a wonderful and fabulous heroine! I was slightly confused with the “love triangle” that seems to unfold … but I’m eager to pick up the next one too!

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    Oh good! I was interested in this one, but very hesitant as yes, I am worn out with the whole angel book thing. There have been a few I’ve truly enjoyed (Unearthly), but overall I’m tired of it, and so I decided not to request a galley of this one and to wait and see how the reviews panned out. I like dark, and I like breadcrumb type books, so perhaps I’ll give this a shot after all!

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