Title: A Temptation of Angels
Author: Michelle Zink
Publication Date: March 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: Outdo Yourself
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
This book started off beautifully, I loved that the storyline was a mystery from the start. The reader is thrust into a world that they know nothing about and I could not wait to find out why Helen had to be on the run from people who were out to kill her. Within the next 150 pages I found out exactly why Helen had to leave her home to take up residence with two boys. You see she is an angel, in charge of keeping the mortal world in balance once she reaches the age of enlightenment. Sounds fascinating right? I thought so too, at least until this beautiful world went up in smoke.
I think it is very fitting that each chapter had a wisp of smoke on the chapter title page, because this book started going up in smoke as the story went on. The beautiful angel world with a beautiful past on how she was an angel and so were the men she was staying with literally went away as soon as it was all explained!! Let me show you the world that the reader is left with once Zink destorys her own creation…
Instead of being angels the main characters are now Keepers, their job is to protect whichever one of them holds the key to a place filled with records. Basically they are in charge of a file cabinet that is in a hole in the ground that hold records of the past, present, and future. If major demon would have access then that demon could call upon his lesser demons and his other major demon friends to take over the mortal world. However, it is difficult for these mostly mortal beings (because they never act or have powers like an angel, I’m going to refrain from even calling them angels) to keep the file cabinet safe because there is someone killing Keepers in order to gain the key. Come to find out that these Keepers have an Alliance with the Legion. The Legion is all demons from hell, of course demons never play fair so now the Keepers must banish any demon they come across, in the whole story they fight a few lesser demons and then in the end they have to fight one demon battle. Hmmm…let me think where I have heard all of this before……
Ah yes now I remember, ever heard of a book series called The Mortal Instruments? Lets see Shadowhunters become Keepers, the Mortal Cup becomes a file cabinet and the Accords that they have with the dark creature world becomes the Alliance. Ah yes and no one can have the mortal cup/records because then demons and all sorts of magical creatures could be called upon to overtake the mortal world. The only thing standing in their way are the groups of Shadowhunters/Keepers.
Overall, had I actually paid money for this book I would be demanding my money back from not only the bookstore but from Zink herself. I want the hours of my life back that I spent reading this nightmare. The world started out so original, with such high hopes and promises. I find it very odd that an author would murder her own storyline concepts. That she could take something like angels keeping a mortal world in balance once they reach enlightenment and then turn it into a cheap rip off of Cassandra Clare’s world. Honestly, I’m very scared for where YA is going if authors are just going to copy each other’s work. Had I written a paper like this I would have gotten an F for plagarized work!!!! This book, if you can call it a book, only gets 2 hearts from me.