Review: ‘A Temptation Of Angels’ by Michelle Zink

Review: ‘A Temptation Of Angels’ by Michelle ZinkA Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers on March 20th, 2012
Genres: Angels, Historical, Love & Romance, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 435
Format: Hardcover
Source: won
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.

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Helen’s parents have been training her all her life. For what purpose? She has no clue until her mom jostles her awake one evening to escape her family and the only home she has ever known. With little instruction from her mother she escapes and goes to the address her mother has sent her to. She finds herself being a descendant from angels which are also called protectors. The two brothers she meet are also descendants and together she must fight against the battle of the past, present and future.

First thing you notice when picking up the book is the beautiful cover and the intriguing title. I wondered, “How could angels be known for being a temptation?” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of this book, only because the synopsis was so vague. We’ve heard of similar story lines before have we not? Teenage girl suddenly becoming an orphan and gets thrust into an incredibly fantasy that she must adapt to. I don’t understand why people accept their responsibilities so quickly. I would be angry, yet I can understand why these characters don’t do that. There’s no point. But anyway the book has great character and I did enjoy the history behind the angels.

Pick it up if you’re a major fan of the angel genre, if not, then I suggest to borrow from the library.



She was aware suddenly of his body against hers, his chest pressed against her bosom, his face only inches away. (297)
‘Did he come close to you like this?’ Griffin’s body was up against hers now. She could feel the heat of him as he touched a finger to her forehead, tracing the line of her cheekbone as his eyes burned into hers. ‘Did he touch you, Helen? Here, in your chamber, as I have done?’—Griffin (338)
From that moment forward, I knew I would die to protect you, and over the last few days I’ve found myself wanting to live. 340)
His eyes shines with love for her. It was a love she could see and feel. A love as certain as the rising sun. (341)





  1. unknown

    October 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    the title of the book, a temptation of angels, remind me about Korean Movie, a temptation of wolves >.<

  2. Jaime Lester

    April 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I do like angels. I don’t think I have read one yet that I thoroughly disliked. But when I tried to read this one, I was bored. It wasn’t bad in the least bit. It was well written. I liked the characters. But the pacing was soooo slllooooww. And I got bored. I didn’t even finish it, and that is something I rarely do. It makes me feel guilty. After reading several reviews on it throughout the past few months, though, I think I will go back and give it another chance. I feel like I missed something big, and that will bug me forever!!

  3. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    March 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I have this one sitting on my shelf. I bought it one it came out and for some reason I got sidetracked so I didn’t get to read it. Now I will definitely need to find time for this. It sounds very interesting. Glad you enjoyed this!

    Fabulous review! 😀

  4. Grace Lo

    October 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    I’ve read this book, and although I thought it was quite interesting, I felt like the actual plot of the story was down-played by the romance. Good part? Yay, it had a seriously interesting story line to it, and I’d definitely recommend it to angel fans c:

  5. Cassi

    September 26, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    I don’t think I even realized that this was written by Michelle Zink, the author of Prophecy of the Sisters. I loved those books and will definitely have to read this one. Thanks for the review!

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