Thursday, July 26, 2012
Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
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.
A Temptation of Angels was a bit different of a book than I am used to. though being written by Michelle Zink, I knew it would be killer. This book takes places in Victorian era London with frilly dresses and gentlemen in dapper suits. There's a secret organization that seemingly keeps the balance of the world on their shoulders. And lots more. Needless to say, it was FANTASTIC.
Temptation kept me reading into the night and though it's a bit of a hefty book with a little over 400 pages, I finished it in one sitting. Could not put it down.
Helen's life is instantly shaken when her parents are killed in a house fire. Just before though, her mother hides her and tells her to run and gives her a place to go. Not knowing where to go, she is thrust into the world she always knew, but now as an orphan teenager with no idea who she is about to meet. As the story unfolds, Helen finds out she's special, very special and someone is killing off her kind. She must help find and stop the killer, else all would be seemingly lost.
This story has a very "fate of the world" vibe which Michelle writes beautifully! I also loved the organization that Helen became a part of. Not only is the "Dictata" a really badass name, but the guys that run it are trained fighters and teach Helen how to fight too. Which she definitely uses to her advantage a few times in the book. One of my favorite things in the story though, was they way they can travel. Though I won't say specifically how, it's like a twist of Rowling's apparating. And it's so cool! I wish I could do it so badly!
This one of a kind book will keep you reading til you finish, then make you beg for the sequel. I can't wait to see what more comes next. But I am highly anticipating it! Don't miss this exciting new series from acclaimed author, Michelle Zink.
If you liked A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink, you may also like A Great and Terribly Beauty by Libba Bray, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, and Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard.