A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Book Review by Janine
In one terrifying night Helen Cartwright has lost all that she holds dear, her family and her life, only to embark on a new chapter in her life, one that she never knew existed. Helen is a descendant of angels and chosen to be one the keepers, those who keep the world safe from those who wish to take it over. Never has this job been more important. Keepers are being murdered, her parents among them. For what reason, no one is sure, but one thing is certain, she will stop at nothing to see the person or persons responsible for the deaths of her parents and the others of her kind.
I will start this off by saying that I LOVE Michelle Zink. Ever since I read her first series, Prophecy of the Sisters, I was hooked, and I was not disappointed this time around either. There are so many things that I found refreshing about the book. Yhe first was the setting of Victorian London, which is different from so many books out there right now. I also loved the whole premise of the book. Helen doesn't know or understand who she is or what she has been chosen to do. Keepers find out when they are sixteen about the their job, the Dictata, and Angels. She is forced into her role early because someone is killing the Keepers at an alarming rate. While being a descendant of angels does give her some unique abilities, they are not overly discussed but merely stated as fact, and then there is Helen herself. In understanding the time period and the role that women played, it made it so interesting and awesome!! She was strong, determined and smart (which are the three characteristics that I love most in characters!), which made her believable and had you waiting to see what else she could do. The story flows so well and the characters are so believable that you can picture yourself right there with her. There was only one thing that I was leary of, which was the "love triangle," but it was handled in such a way that it wasn't the main part of the story, but just a side that helped to enhance the story line.
In case it didn't show, I truly loved the story! I am unsure if it is going to be a series or not but it is fine as a stand-alone, although lets be honest, if it was a series, I would be at the bookstore the day the next one came out!!