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A Temptation of Angels

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  5,018 ratings  ·  466 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 t
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Dial Books for Young Readers
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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 LURV this oh-so-good-novel.

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

I'm amused that it promised me a "page-turning ep
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 - Griffi
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
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 to f
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) 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
pink (not just another shade of red)
Sep 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: my neighbor's parrot because he can't read
Warning: This review contains spoilers, sarcasm, and swear words.

The Title: Temptation of Angels
- Please, anyone tell me what it's got to do with the story.

The Blurb:
-Disregard it.It was just created by a promotional team to lead us into believing that we're in for a great story.

The Characters:

-Helen Cartwright:
She's special.She's beautiful,although she doesn't know this,never EVER thought of this in her own entire life-so what if they have mirrors at home? You shouldn't be able to accuse Helen
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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’
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Nasty Lady MJ
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: For those with Patience
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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
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: at-the-library
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
Emily Coleman
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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
A great beginning to hopefully a new series!
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, penguin, march-reads
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 t

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
Laura (midorireads)
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book more than I did, so I was disappointed when I didn't.

One night, Helen Cartwright is woken up by her mother, and told she must leave, quickly and alone. She's instructed as to where to go, and soon she's by herself, her mother gone. Helen soon after makes her way to the Channing home, where brothers Darius and Griffin live. There, she learns that she is one of three remaining angel descendants, and charged with protecting the world. It doesn't take long for Helen to fal
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
The Fairytale Nerd
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
See the BOOK REPORT CARD at The Fairytale Nerd.

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
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
My god! This sounds amazing. Can't wait for it to be released!!

Mar 20
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Right now... 3 stars. I need to think on this one though. It might go down to 2 stars. Review coming soon.
Midge ☠ ★ 99% poison ★ ☠
i appreciated that this was a standalone but it was just ok
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5. Which means it definitely wasn't a favorite, but the author put in their all and deserves recognition. ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-emmy
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 thr
Keren Hughes
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-favourite
I was first drawn to this book by the stunning cover. I was on the authors blog when I noticed it and had to know what it was about. So I looked it up in Goodreads and knew I had to read it. I love to read new things involving angels. I like to read how different authors have a different take, a different concept of how things work.

I will admit, I have not read anything by Michelle Zink before. However, now I will look to rectify that. I really want to read her Prophecy of the Sisters series.

Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
So, I was a little torn about this but after a little time to let it sink in, I decided that I did like A Temptation of Angels. There are definitely some negative aspects to it, but they end up overshadowed by the positives.

Let's get the bad out of the way, shall we?
In the first portion of the book, maybe the first third or so, I felt really confused. I didn't understand what was going on. I didn't get the mythology of the angels. It was kind of frustrating.

What's worse is that the mythology is
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Obviously, this is an instance of review copy failure. To be fair, I did receive this ARC after publication, but I still meant to have the review done way before now. Better late than never, though, right? The good news is that, despite some predictions to the contrary, I did actually like A Temptation of Angels, and, in some ways, I was very surprised and impressed by Zink's novel.

On the surface, this book was poised to frustrate me endlessly: a special snowflake heroine with violet eyes, the m
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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, releases Spring 2015.

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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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