A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Publisher: Dial Books
Release date: March 20, 2012
Source: Around the World Tours
Purchase: Book Depository
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.
I was really really looking forward to this book, so much so that I tried to put in a request with the publisher. That didn’t work out though so I’m glad I was still able to read it through Around the World Tours. This is one of those books that for me was better borrowed than bought when it’s released.
I liked the overall concept, descendants of angels protecting the Earth and everything. But I felt like I was left with more questions than answers, which seems typical of books that end up being series. There wasn’t quite enough back story and worldbuilding done. And while it’s fairly obvious that it’s set in an older timeline, maybe late 1800s, there was one instance that had me questioning that. And things didn’t really start heating up action wise until almost the very end. The writing was well done though, which is the main reason I continued with the book despite it not thrilling me. It flowed very nicely.
All in all, for me personally this wasn’t one of the better entries into the angel part of the paranormal genre. I’ll probably continue if this is made into a series, but I won’t feel the need to read them right away.