Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

A Temptation of AngelsAuthor: Michelle Zink
Publication: March 20, 2012 (Read July 2012)
By: Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers
3.75 Stars!

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.

Thank you to Michelle Zink for this ARC (and my pretty book mark). Beautiful cover!  I really enjoyed this book.  Like the summary suggests, it's an entertaining blend of historical romance with fantasy and paranormal elements. It's well written and the prose has a poetic quality to it. 

I liked that the story opens with a bang and the suspense sucked me right in. I thought Helen was a strong female MC, definitely holding her own against Darius and Griffin.  I didn't like Darius at first, I thought he was overly confident and a bit too sarcastic. (says the woman who is fluent in sarcasm) As the story went on and more of his background was revealed, I found myself mentally hugging him. 

Griffin was my favorite character!  He's the polar opposite of Darius, or so it seems.  He's kind, compassionate and although he comes across as the "nice guy" he's got a fierceness about him that makes him completely swoon worthy. Did I mention he's easy on the eyes too?  *sighs*

This book has the good vs. evil element and the romance, which will set hearts aflutter but it's not over the top in any one area which is good for younger readers. I felt like the ending was left in such a way that the story could continue if the author wanted it too. (I certainly wouldn't mind more Griffin. *winks*)


  1. I agree about the opening. It was so engaging! I did love the historical elements as well. I wasn't crazy about this book but I love reading what your take on it was. :)