Friday, July 6, 2012

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

Genre:  YA Historical Fantasy

Description (taken from Michelle Zink's website):
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 seem to keep striking out with my angel-reads.  I guess I have to start with this:  I absolutely did not like this book.  I wanted to read this book because it's a paranormal read set in old-time London.  With the angel business set aside, I felt like I got none of that.  To clarify, I felt like there was absolutely no historical aspects that jumped out at me nor did I get to enjoy the London setting.

Enter the world of angels. Helen loses her parents fairly early on and is thrust into a world of angelic destiny.  Two brothers offer their home to her while teaching her about her new-found world.  And as one would expect in any romance novel, one of those brothers has the romantic part while the other one has the annoying-as-heck part.  But throughout the entire novel, I could never get a good feel for the characters nor could I believe the blooming romance.

It felt like this:
My observation of Helen's character growth - I'm a scared and timid child who has lost her parents and doesn't know what to do.  I don't need your protection; I can protect myself.  Now that you trust me enough to do manly things, I don't know if I can do it.
The romance - Hey, he's cute.  Hey, he likes me.  Check it out, we're kissing.  Now we're saying "I love you" to each other.  *It screams immature romance right from the start.*

There was one constant emotion that trailed me throughout the book:  boring.  I was very bored, and it was difficult for me to get through this book.  For those who want to read this, check out other reviews  first or get the book from the library.  I wasn't a satisfied reader, and I don't recommend it.

Challenges:  Young Adult Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Oh, another angel book. Yay.

    I was about to buy this from Amazon, but I changed my mind after your review. Maybe in a couple of years, but not when there are better things to read. XD


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