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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Review: Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

GoodReads: The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for …more The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she’ll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister’s role in the prophecy, and that’s not the only thing she wants: There’s also Lia’s boyfriend James.

Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn’t know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.

Michelle Zink has a masterpiece of a trilogy coming together with the latest release of book two in the Prophecy of Sisters Series. I was enamored with the Sisters and the story in book one. Guardian of the Gate has me gasping for air and waiting with bated breath for book three. When is it coming? When are there going to be ARCs. I need the conclusion now people!

Zink’s world building is phenomenal, her character creation stellar, and her dialogue stunning. I cannot say enough amazing things about this series. If you haven’t read Prophecy of the Sister’s hop to. It’s out in paperback now. Then get to Guardian of the Gate. If you read Prophecy then go out to your local indie and grab a copy of Guardian now! Right now. Drop that cup of coffee, strap yourself in the car and get to the store. You won’t regret it.

Lia has grown so much in this second book. She has become a woman in her own right and is stronger than ever despite all the losses the prophecy itself has claimed from her. She is willing and able to put an end to this once and for all even if that means either she or Alice has to die.

There is betrayal so vile in these pages but it is laced with the hope of the future Lia wants for herself. Will that future be in New York with James or in the land of the Sisters with the newly introduced mysterious Dimitri. I for one vote for Dimitri.

This book is a definite for the best of 2010 from Bookalicio.us and will be featured in the Holiday Gift Guide. Let me know what you think of the series.

Here is the wonderful trailer for Prophecy of the Sisters by Vania of VLC Productions.

FTC Disclosure: (lame) I received this book at the Teen Author Carnival in New York.

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Authors, and publishers: You need to hire VLC Productions

I am always amazed at the work Vania from VLC Productions puts into each book trailer that she designs and creates. Coming from someone who used to think book trailers were an epic (epic) waste of time, this means something. I love the fact that Vania can give me the info I need on the book without deciding too many of the places and faces I want to imagine myself. If I am ever in need of a trailer. I know where I will be going. You should head on over to the site by clicking the link above and check it out. Gonna put some of my favorite trailers here including her newest one for none other than the damsel of Spiderwick herself Holly Black.

White Cat by Holly Black Trailer

Prophecy of Sisters by Michelle Zink Trailer

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting Trailer

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl Trailer

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Review: Prophecy of Sisters by Michelle Zink

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
One Good.
One Evil.
Who will prevail?
Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in an prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents’ deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.
Lia and Alice don’t know whom they can trust.
They just know they can’t trust each other.

Michelle Zink has captured my attention and added yet another series to my ever growing list. Lia is a great character and so easy to relate to that even though at times the stories mysteries were at least to me predictable chapters in advance, I was able to look past that and just enjoy the story and enjoy watching Lia’s reactions to the bumps and tumbles along the way.

I read a lot of great reviews for this book when it came out and that is one of the things that kept me from it. However I was coaxed into reading it by @CatherineHaines of On The Nightstand. I will be forever in Catherine’s debt for convincing me this book is worth the hype.

Comparable to but vastly outshining Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy, I find my mind going back to this book and trying to decipher what will happen in book two. The writing style is perfect. Perfect timing, perfect flow. I finished the book in under five hours and am left with the feeling of wanting more.

If you haven’t read Prophecy of Sisters yet then I suggest you hop to. It was a fun and fantastically dark read and perfect for those of us waiting on spring.

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