Title: A Temptation of Angels
Author: Michelle Zink
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
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 previous books, a historical, fantasy trilogy, began on a high note and kind of went downhill by the end of the last book, at least in my opinion. I really enjoyed the first two books, but the last one dragged on and kind of made me hate the main character and completely root for her twin sister, who was kind of a villain, at least from the story’s perspective. I hoped to find Zink’s writing and storytelling redeeming itself with this book, which is also a historical fantasy, but unfortunately it didn’t.
I had trouble really caring about what happened to Helen, the main character. She seemed too flat, the type of character you easily find in these types of books, nearly interchangeable with other protagonists. The love triangle also seemed uninteresting to me, seeming more like a love line with an unattached point (or person) who was kind of in the vicinity of the ‘line’ but never really stood a chance of becoming part of it and forming an actual triangle. The two brothers mentioned in the summary (which is worded in a way that seems like she’s torn between loving both of the brothers – don’t worry, she isn’t) are kind of interesting, and some other supporting characters as well, but overall they didn’t seem too fleshed out for me to really think of them as people and not just fictional characters in a book.
Despite being long (over 400 pages), I managed to read it in fairly little time. Not because I was interested in it, though – it was the opposite really. I wanted to get through this book as soon as possible so that I could move onto better things to read. The story wasn’t really bad, but I just didn’t care enough about it, as well as the characters. Overall, it was just a very blah book to me. It’s made me even warier about picking up another of Zink’s books in the future, although the fact that I did once enjoy her stories might help.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars