Today’s post comes from book buff Skyanne Fisher who recently read the paranormal romance novel “A Temptation of Angels” by Michele Zink, and feels that anyone — even those sick of this genre — will be hooked. The novel is about a sixteen-year-old whose parents are murdered in front of her and is then sent to a mysterious place where good and evil are balanced. She, along with two other angels, must protect the world’s past, present, and future, while simultaneously fighting the temptation of her childhood friend and love interest who seeks to destroy her. Skyanne feels that the book adequately balances action and romance, and that Zink is a YA author to know.
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YAB Review: “A Temptation Of Angels” By Michele Zink
Michelle Zink proved herself to be both a talented and original writer with her debut novel, “Prophecy of the Sisters”, and I have been eagerly awaiting something new from her. When the cover for “A Temptation of Angels” was released, my excitement grew. The cover itself is frame-worthy and captured my attention by demonstrating everything I would want in a novel through imagery. Diving in, I was expecting something unique, eerie, and action-packed while hoping for some romance as well.
Sum It Up…
The novel opens as sixteen-year-old Helen is woken by her mother, given a small bag of belongings, shoved into a secret hiding place, and told to be silent no matter what. She listens as intruders attempt to search for her and when they couldn’t find her, they proceeded to burn down the house. As she escapes to the address her mother gave her, she begins to learn of a whole new world and life she never knew existed. She, along with the two boys she meets at the address, are the only remaining angel descendants who must protect the past, present, and future.
When were you hooked?
By chapter two, the thought of putting the book down for more than five minutes was never considered. The novel starts out with a bang and the action never slows down. As more characters are introduced and secrets are revealed, it quite literally becomes impossible to set the novel down. Zink created some of my all-time favorite fictional characters in this novel. She did not create characters who were seemingly perfect, but rather made them flawed and human, ultimatley making them so much more attractive and retalable to the reader.
Overall, “A Temptation of Angels” is a must-read. Zink has created a well-balanced story featuring both action and romance. This is not the typical run-of-the-mill paranormal story and I expect even those “totally over” paranormal romance will enjoy it. The ending is perfect, even if is slightly expected. Zink certainly proved that she is not afraid to take risks with this novel and she is becoming an author to watch.
Skyanne was the girl skipping school in fourth grade to stay home and write. Now a senior in high school, Skyanne still spends the majority of her time writing or reading. She loves traveling more than anything else and has goals to visit every continent in the world and every country in Latin America. Her second passion is volunteering and she hopes to spend time in developing countries, particularly places like Ghana and Cambodia, to work with children. Skyanne will be attending LIU Global in the fall of 2013 after taking a gap year to travel. She is obsessed with “Vampire Diaries” and never passes up a chance to fangirl over Ian Somerhalder. She writes blog posts for Scream for a Dream, runs a book review blog, and can be found on Twitter @skyvsworld or on her travel blog, Sky Around the World.