Monday, March 26, 2012

Book review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink (Published by Dial Books, March 20, 2012)

In just one night, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright's life in Victorian London changed forever. Her parents were murdered and her house was burned to the ground, and the people responsible were after Helen. Now, all alone in the world, Helen must follow her parents' final instructions, which tell her to find and join with two brothers, Griffin and Darius Channing, who are not much older than Helen and who lost their parents in the same way.

Helen then learns that she is descended from angels and will soon come into her powers. Suddenly, many strange things from her childhood, including the unusual education her parents gave her, make perfect sense. She is thrust into a world of angels and demons, into a struggle between the forces of light and darkness. As Helen and the two brothers search for their parents' killers, she is reunited with a childhood friend, but she's not sure she can trust him.

A Temptatation of Angels is a book that stands out from all the other young adult paranormal romances due to the setting of Victorian London. Although the exact year the story takes place is not mentioned, it definitely has a very nice historical feel to it. I loved this setting and I think it was a perfect backdrop for the story. Also, while the ending does leave open the possibility of more stories set in this world, this book definitely functions well as a stand alone, which is very refreshing since I am tired of everything being a series. The one thing I didn't love so much was that there was a bit of a love triangle (I am tired of love triangles!), but at least it was resolved the way I hoped. If you love historical fantasy, or if you love paranormal romance but want to read something that's different and unique, I highly recommend this book.

Disclosure: Review copy provided by author.

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