Saturday, November 3, 2012

Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

Title: A Temptation of Angels
Author: Michelle Zink
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: ....covergasm
Summary (from

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.

If I could throw the worst-tasting, hottest, most steaming tea at this book and watch it go up in flames, without having library fines, I WOULD. I would do it again and again and AGAIN. This would be my therapy for reading this.

A Temptation of Angels really, really murdered, dashed, killed, assassinated, dismembered, and stabbed to death my hopes. See, I really, really thought this book was going to be amazing... because of the cover... and a previously-reliable source recommended it. Now, remember this: historical fiction has to be have dolphins going rambo on sharks to make me like it, so. If you like historical fiction, ignore all of this. For the most part.

It starts out with Helen being woken in the middle of the night by her mother. Helen isn't told much, except to trust her and to survive. And then she is thrust into a hiding spot in the wall while her parents are murdered. And then her house is set on fire. Well, thankfully, her parents were prepared, and Helen escapes through a series of tunnels and goes to the address of some people her mother wrote on a paper.

Helen. Helen, Helen, Helen.
Helen really didn't agree with me. She is the type of girl who I would most likely find myself having gone to jail for. No no, not for committing a crime for her. I'd go to jail for strangling her quite violently.
As other reviewers have said, she thinks she is a badass feminist. In reality, she is an annoying twit who forces the men to let her "help" them. Hmm. Help. Interesting way of putting in. All she does is get in their way because she doesn't want to be "delicate". She admits she is in bad shape yet she demands they arm her with very dangerous weapons and let her come with them EVERYWHERE. Oh, they can't have their secrets/own lives, but she can because she's a STRONG WOMAN. She is the mockery of:

Griffin, the brother who interests her, is so... stereotypical. He's the "nice" guy. And okay he's nice, but all of a sudden he gets possessive with Helen. Le sigh. Testosterone-high males.
Raum, the guy who is "dangerously attractive but wants to destroy her" is totally not as sexy as you may think. He basically led the murdering of her parents yet she finds him attractive. She clings to memories of when she was four and they had tea parties together to justify that they have a connection. And then she justifies his goodness (or lack of badness) by saying he didn't actually kill her parents or all the other families, he just ordered it. Ish.
Well then. I'm sorry, but Helen finds him ATTRACTIVE?
Now, Darius and Anna? Cute. Very cute. Darius could have been extremely sexy if this was written from Anna's POV. They, and Anna's father, may be the only shining parts of the book.

I found myself struggling to get through the unnecessary descriptions of the also pointless scenes. 435 freaking pages that could've been condensed into a short and sweet 200. But if you are a historical fiction fan ignore this too. I dunno, this may not apply to you because a portion of it had relevance to historical London sorta stuff.

But. I must say, I LOVE THIS COVER.

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