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A Temptation of Angels

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  3,258 ratings  ·  402 reviews
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 th...more
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Dial Books for Young Readers
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Marg K.
Okay, I've got some good news and I've got some bad news. Actually, to be more accurate, I've got a whole lot of really bad news and I've got a little bit of fairly good news. Therefore, I think I'll try softening the blow somewhat by starting this review off sunny side up.

The good news is that I thought the writing flowed naturally & smoothly and possessed an eloquent quality that I found quite appealing. Also, I thought that there were some rather intriguing ideas incorporated into the sto...more
Vanessa *Bluest Ribbon*
Disclaimer: This is purely a result of having no life. If you have any complaints or violent reactions, then I suggest that you go amuse yourself. Thank you.

I'm amused at how much publicity "A Temptation of Angels" is getting. Zink's team knows their shit. And really, I'm not being sarcastic. I'm just plain amused.

I'm amused that everybody seemed to LURVthis oh-so-good-novel.

I'm amused that I didn't. It made me completely lethargic andapathetic.

I'm amused that it promised me a "page-turning epic...more
0.5 stars - Spoilers: read at own risk.

Sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright is awoken in the middle of then night by her mother who orders her to flee after informing her that she is in grave danger. Helen is reluctant to leave her parents, however she is forced to go when her family home is set on fire. With her parents dead and her house destroyed, all Helen is left with is a note given to her by her mother with two names and an address. Helen is offered help in the form of two brothers - Griffin...more
oh my god that was INCREDIBLE! there is more right?!? i mean there HAS to be more! I need more! oh my! sooo good!

Michelle Zink continues to leave me spellbound! A Temptation of Angels the perfect blend of historical fiction & romance with a supernatural twist! I loved the characters, I loved the story.... I loved it all!


Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a frantic mother and then being thrust into a secret passage in your bedroom wall…. with the instructions...more
Zemira Warner
I am just gonna go and be mean. I don't care because this book is beyond any stupidity I have ever read before.

Did you read the blurb? I certainly did and was mesmerized with it because let's be frank who doesn't like angels,love triangles and long dresses? But,all I got is a Damsel in distress,one overly nice gentleman,one grumpy gentleman and one dude who killed Damsel's parents but still gets the said Damsel to fall in love with him.

I can't even

Overall,this book was a great frustration. I d...more
I once thought if nothing else, the cover of A Temptation of Angels is very pretty, but then I read this review and learnt how unoriginal it really is.


Note: It's more like a summary of my thoughts about this novel than an actual review:

Warning: F-words here and there, don't like don't read.

(1)The heroine is a useless dead-weight. She needs the guys to save her all the time, she can't do anything but somehow still manages to save the day, she is beautiful but doesn't know it. In short, she...more
Michelle Zink (Prophecy of the Sisters Series) continues to write beautiful, tantalizing novels. Her latest; A Temptation of Angels is a wicked combination of Angels, a Strong female protag, and Historical Fiction that you won't be able to put it down. You'll love Helen Cartwright!

Helen has good head on her shoulders, she doesn’t fall head over heels for a guy or let it clutter up her thoughts. She’s a girl on a mission. I’m just gonna say it, she is AWESOME! Loved her bravery and tenacity. She’...more
Aug 07, 2013 Victoria rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who wants to read about weak heroines, superficial love interests, and no originality
I've had high expectations after reading the blurb of this book and glancing at the beautiful cover. I was eagerly anticipated for this book. And now after reading this book, I have to say this book was very disappointing to me. I was so looking forward to reading a book about a kick-ass heroine, swoon-worthy love interests, and brilliant pages of action that kept me well focused into the story.

But sadly, none of it happened in this book.

After seeing her parents brutally murdered by fire in her...more
First posted at Bewitched Bookworms

I admit, I never read a book from Michelle Zink before but I heard good things about her Prophecy of Sisters series. Being a sucker for Angel stories I knew I had to read this one! Add in the beautiful mysterious cover and I was sold!

World full of Angels, Hero’s, Heroine’s, Secrets and Love!
There is no mistaken here that this book focuses on the world building and setting the odds for what is to come in the next books. We discover together with Helen that Ange...more
Howdy YAL
Oct 19, 2012 Howdy YAL rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: For those with Patience
To see full review click here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/201...

It's not horrible. I mean, the writing was easy to get through and none of the characters were terribly offensive, I just couldn't connect to this book and I think that was it's main problem. Well, that and the info dumping.

Seriously, I think more than anything else the info dumping confused me. I sort of got what was going on, but at the same time I didn't. It was really weird.

Another problem I had with the book were the ch...more
Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
I won an early reviewer's copy of this book from Library Things, so I was obligated to write a review once I was finished. The book is not due to be published until early next year, March 2012. There is another person who reviewed this book on Library Things under the name MargK that I completely agreed with. A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink was nothing like I expected and I don't mean that in a good way. The list of positive things about this book is very short.

Read the full review here...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Apr 28, 2011 Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten) marked it as not-yet-released-books-to-read
My god! This sounds amazing. Can't wait for it to be released!!

Mar 20
Carmel Kelly
I must disagree with the blurb. A Temptation of Angels is not a page-turning epic romance.
The concept of the story is interesting and had great potential yet it was ruined by cringe worthy romance and an uninteresting characters.

Zink's characters lacked the spark of originality that is needed to have a character stand out in YA fiction.

You have Helen, the over-zealous and in my opinion dim, girl who thinks she is indestructible. She is the bold and beautiful girl who boys like yet she does not...more
"I'm not very good with anything physical..." she began as they turned down a hallway she had never seen. He flashed her a grin as they walked. "I find that hard to believe." She caught the innuendo in his voice and felt a blush creep to her cheeks. "You know what I mean."

The characters of A Temptation of Angels all had distinctive voices, their interactions and relationships were conveyed beautifully and I become easily attached to them. My favourite two characters were Helen the protagonist an...more
A great beginning to hopefully a new series!
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3.5 stars!

It only took ONE chapter. ONE. And it all came back to me just how beautiful Michelle Zink writes. Flowing and smooth, I easily got lost in the story. The language used merges perfectly with the setting. While there could have been more fighting scenes and less sneaking around, I found the story addicting and enjoyable. The characters are likable, and there’s no one that I didn’t love. Love triangle? Hmmm. There were teeny tiny hints, but...more
Coming from the author of the perennial favorite, Prophecy of the Sisters (which, by the way, I haven’t read), A Temptation of Angels doesn’t sit neatly inside of a specific genre cubby-hole. Although the premise involves a kind of angelic/demonic war, there are paranormal elements, historical romance, and even a dash of steampunk. The book takes off when 17-year-old Helen Cartwright’s family home - and, incidentally, her family - is burned to the ground by a mysterious order known as The Legion...more
A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink is an interesting book. With all the angel books out there lately, I found this one to be quite different. Between the time period, setting, and unusual mythology, A Temptation of Angels is not your average angel book.

I can't recall a specific time period being mentioned, but the overall feel and references used point to a historical setting. This book definitely has a historical feel to it, but is not encumbered with long descriptions or details of the se...more

One of the earliest books Kate and I bonded over was Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters. And over the next two years we got to read the rest of the trilogy, if not together then at least in the spirit of togetherness, all with much discussion about Dimitri and sisters and awesomeness. So, when the amazing people at Penguin Teen offered to send us an early manuscript of A Temptation of Angels, we jumped all over the chance!

I posted my mini-revie...more
There's no shortage of angel paranormal books in YA right now, but there's something special about A Temptation of Angels; it's an addictive, fascinating, page-turner that's remarkably refreshing for its genre.

I haven't read Michelle Zink's first series, Prophecy of the Sisters, yet but this reading her newest release has made me immensely curious to pick up those books!

A Victorian setting:
I LOVE Victorian settings and books that can take that a step further by incorporating a paranormal twis...more
A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink is set in London during the early 1900s. Helen Cartwright is woken one night by her mother and ushered into a secret passageway. Her mother also gives her a key and reminds her of the pendant she's always worn and be told never to take off. Her mother tells her it's extremely important that she survives. Not long after her mother leaves her, Helen realised the house is on fire and she must escape through the passageway and make her way to the address her m...more
Emily Ellsworth
Ever since meeting Michelle Zink at BEA and determining her to be one of the nicest people I've ever had the privilege of meeting, I've been chomping at the bit to get a copy of one of her books. So, when I received a copy of this title on Netgalley, I immediately started into it.

Helen and I didn't really connect from the very beginning. I first realized that I was in trouble when Helen shows almost no remorse for the loss of her parents after they are murdered in a house fire. Then, she proceed...more
Jess Michaelangelo
Two stars means this was really just an okay book for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't particularly like it either.

It's not that Michelle Zink is a bad writer. I actually enjoyed her writing, it was just that I never really connected with Helen. Or any of the other characters for that matter. That's not necessarily a fault of Zink's; something just wasn't there for me. I never really cared, I guess. I could easily have put the book down at any point and not felt the need to pick it back up. I...more

First I have to express my love for this cover. It's just so beautiful! The synopsis pulled me in as well and I was even more excited. What's not to love? A historical fiction filled with tension and formality, gentleman with honor and ladies with grace and dignity, add in some angels and a possible love triangle? I was hooked!

Michelle Zink's gifts as a visual writer immersed me in the story from the very beginning. What Helen, the main character, experiences in the first few pages is steeped i...more
This book was terrible. I couldn't even finish it. I read about the first hundred pages and skimmed the rest. Clockwork Angel/Prince was much better than this garbage.

I get that vampires are out, angels are in.
Some books that feature these other creatures are good.
This was garbage.

The main character was atrociously flat. I want to say that I hated her but she had barely a personality. She was supposed to come across as strong-willed and sassy but she was just a whiny stupid child...more
2.5 stars!

Oh boy, this book was very tedious for me. There was a lot of talking and little action. The writing did this thing where a chunk of paragraph was followed by a sentence telling the audience what it REALLY meant. So it’s to say the least, this was yet another book that suffered from telling and not showing. Halfway through the book, I was wondering when exciting things were going to happen and they didn’t really until the very last part. I don’t even know if I can really say I liked t...more
It's no secret that I'm a Michelle Zink fan, but I have to say I may like this story more than Prophecy of the Sisters. Shocking, I know. She has such a way with words, I feel like I'm reading a story and not a book. Does that make sense? Also, she is one of the best third-person writers I think I know, I am jealous of her skill!
R.J. Brookes
Jul 11, 2011 R.J. Brookes marked it as to-read
Page (One Book At A Time)
I've only read the first in Michelle's previous series. But, since I enjoyed it, I was willing to give this one a shot. I didn't set my expectation too high, because I often feel the angel books fall short of their marks. I ended up being pleasantly surprised by this book.

I found Helen to be an interesting character. She knows nothing of who she really is. Everything that has been taught to her has been secretly done. Her father tried to teach her skills by turning them into games. I liked learn...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The plot of this stand-alone starts out fast on the first page and keeps moving quickly; tensions build around the secret descendants of angels and the stakes are high to the very end. Zink builds a convincing and mysterious world around historical London that will keep you turning the pages!

Opening Sentence: Though it was late, it was not the sound of arguing that woke Helen in the dead of night.

The Review:

Within the first few pages, we’re...more
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Michelle Zink is author of the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy, A Temptation of Angels, and This Wicked Game. Her next book, Lies I Told release Spring 2015.

Learn more on Michelle's blog at www.michellezink.com.

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“I'm not very good with anything physical...' she began as they turned down a hallway she had never seen.
He flashed her a grin as they walked.
'I find that hard to believe.'
She caught the innuendo in his voice and felt a blush creep to her cheeks.
'You know what I mean.”
“He's a clever little thing, isn't he?"
She leaned in to drop a kiss on the kitten's soft head, reaching to move him off Griffin's chest. He reached for her hand, stopping her.
"And what about me?" he asked, his eyes burning into hers.
"What about you?"
"Am I not clever enough for a kiss?" His voice was gruff.
She favored him with a shy smile.
"You're more than clever enough, Griffin Channing.”
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