A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
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. From Goodreads.
This book took a whole other direction for angels and I loved that. It had its moments that were slow but most of it was really great. I loved Helen’s attitude, she had spunk about her even in a time that women weren’t supposed to. Even down to when she gets new clothes and changes the way they are supposed to look so she can fight in them.
When she meets Griffin and Darius, she automatically gets close to Griffin because he just seems that great. He is nice to her, listens to her, and eventually he cares about her. Darius is a little harder at first, he is more sarcastic but he cares deep down too. Anna is just a nice girl that ends up being Helen’s first friend that is a girl. I like Anna’s attitude too, just because she was born with something that causes her discomfort doesn’t mean she is weak. Now her dad, he seemed like a great guy, I wish there would have been more of his crazy invention scenes.
Now onto the bad guy, Raum, he is killing everyone that is a Keeper to find the one Keeper of the Key. His last family that he kills happens to be Helen’s. He doesn’t remember her until he sees her in his warehouse. It’s her eyes that give her away; he remembers the tea parties that they had at her garden. He remembers caring a lot about her as a kid before the tragedy that befell his family.
Of course, Helen falls for both Raum and Griffin but ends up choosing the one that she should be with because he is her best friend. I won’t say who between the two of them because you should read the book to find out. But they are both worth her in the end, Griffin accepts that she is a force to be reckoned with and Raum accepts the consequences of his decisions.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I almost wish there was a second book because I would like to see what happened to everyone afterwards.