Author: Michelle Zink
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Historical
Publication Date: March 2012 (expected)
Synopsis: 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.
☆: 5/5 – it was AWESOME.
Review: Oh, guys. THIS BOOK. It was just…ugh, I almost have no words for how much I loved “A Temptation of Angels”. Even though I also loved the “Prophecy of the Sisters” trilogy, “Angels” just shows how far Zink has come as an author since her debut in 2009. This story is one tight, fast-paced thrill ride of a book, with angels, demons, romance, awesome technology, and mystery that will keep you reading until the end.
I get the feeling that this book is a standalone (though this hasn’t been confirmed yet), because it reads like one. That alone is really refreshing. The story feels finished by the last page, and pretty much nothing is lacking throughout the entire story – the characters are entirely developed, there were no characters that were useless or made me question why they were there in the first place, and there was tension on more or less every single page. That’s incredibly hard to do (all of that) on individual terms when writing a book, but to manage to get all of that right in one book is pretty awesome. It only shows how far Zink has come as a writer, both in world-building and in technical areas, since her debut.
The only question lingering I had was about the full development of Raum’s character, but the backstory given later in the book, though not quite enough to my taste, along with the action on pretty much every single page more than made up for that, as he wasn’t really a huge part of the plot until the very end. Even then, he was more woven into the ending than stood out as an individual character. More of a means to an end rather than a separate person. Which totally fine with me — the approach taken to character building this way, whether conscious or not on Zink’s part — was new and awesome, and I can only hope other authors can be as brave when trying this out.
Otherwise? Loved it. All of it. It’s that awesome. If I could give this more than five stars, I would. Definitely on my brand shiny new best of 2012 list. If you’re a fan of historical paranormal fiction or just want something new to try, period, go for “A Temptation of Angels”. It hits bookshelves in North America in March, 2012 (other places, ask your local bookseller). It’ll be worth the wait, guys. I promise.