A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink – Giveaway

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink – Giveaway

One of the earliest books Kate and I bonded over was Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters. And over the next two years we got to read the rest of the trilogy, if not together then at least in the spirit of togetherness, all with much discussion about Dimitri and sisters and awesomeness. So, when the amazing people at Penguin Teen offered to send us an early manuscript of A Temptation of Angels, we jumped all over the chance!

I posted my mini-review of A Temptation of Angels months ago, but I’m so happy that now that the release day is TOMORROW (squueeeee!) we can post our full review of awesomeness.

WARNING: We tried to keep it spoiler free, but if you’re reading between the lines at all, we totally ruin a part of the ending. Sorry about that.

Caitlin: I promised myself that Darius wouldn’t be the first thing I mentioned in this review. I thought I could mention the awesome setting, or Helen, or the very original world in which the story takes place…but who I am kidding. I love Darius!

Kate: I enjoyed Darius, too. I liked how grown-up he seemed. Being an “adult” young-adult reader, I’m always so glad to see authors transcend the usual YA boundaries and insert a character who isn’t a teenager (please see: Clockwork Angel and Melina Marchetta: generally).

Caitlin: Really? You’re going to encourage my talking about Darius? I can go at this all night. I just love how he’s so protective of Anna, even though she doesn’t like it. And I love how he’s abrasive with everyone, except Anna.

And and and….I’ll stop now, seeing as this book isn’t actually about Darius.

Kate: Good. Because I think we better back up and talk about the plot and important details like, oh, who Anna is?

Caitlin: She’s the daughter of Galizur!

Kate: Obviously. But before we can get to any of that, we have to talk about Helen, because Helen IS this book for me.

Caitlin: I suppose I can stay quiet about Darius for awhile. Helen is pretty awesome.

Kate: What I liked about Helen was how well developed she was. We saw her come into herself in this book. We saw her display a lot of strength and gumption. She wasn’t fearless, but the fact that she worked around the tragedy that landed her with Darius and Griffin made me really respect her.

Caitlin: Agreed! I loved how the first thing we see of Helen is her hiding in a closet. And then throughout the book we basically get to see her burst out of that closet with strength and self assurance. It was a gratifying journey that we took with her. Not only in a romantic sense, but her journey of self-discovery which, I think, allowed her to make the choice she had to make at the end without regret.

Kate: Helen makes a lot of choices because she’s faced with a lot of them. She’s such an active participant in her own life. I liked how much she thinks about things. For example, boys. She has to make a choice about two boys and she’s completely smart and together about it, but she’s not immune to the charms of either.

I, obviously being me and sort of a strange person in general, rooted for a boy who I probably shouldn’t root for. He’s the kind of boy that, if I were to spawn, I would warn my daughters away from. But because Michelle made him so twisty and complicated, I felt twisty and complicated about him. I think Raum was far and away one of the most interesting bad boys I’ve ever read, if only because he’s so unapologetic about it.

Caitlin: What I really liked about the two boys is that it didn’t really feel like a love triangle. Love triangles are something I’m sick of in young adult literature and they are a complete turn off to me. But, and Michelle did this in the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy as well, the two boys are part of two completely different parts of the Helen’s life and…I don’t know how to describe it. But in a book that clearly has a focus on a love triangle, it doesn’t make me extremely angry. And that is rare.

Kate: I actually like a love triangle that’s done well. Sometimes, I am so invested in that element of the plot that it becomes my focus. I’m so myopic that I become one of those annoying people who declares a book dead to me when my choice ship does not pan out. But that didn’t happen here at all. I think that goes back to the strength of Helen, but I also think it goes back to the fact that I liked Griffin, too. I didn’t think he had the strange sarcastic charisma of Darius, but I could tell that he and Helen would make a good fit. All of those things go to the strength of the storytelling.

Caitlin: I guess I just thought that each boy had a very separate place in Helen’s heart and the point of her journey, plot aside, was to figure out which life she belonged in. So, it wasn’t so much about the boys representing different parts of her life and Helen having to make a choice as, in figuring out her life she the boy of choice became apparent.

Kate: That’s a great way to put it. And I’m so proud of you. I gave you a perfect Darius segue and you went back to Helen. Because that’s how awesome she was in this book.

Caitlin: I’m trying to grow. Though, yes, his sarcastic charisma is a big part of his charm

Kate: In the beginning, I liked he and Helen. And maybe part of me still does. He needs a woman who can stand up and be his equal. But then, I loved Anna. I loved her genuine sweetness. I love how she tempered his sarcasm and made him seem more human, and it’s hard to argue with that.

Caitlin: I know. They’re just so sweet. But I will say, I desperately need an Anna/Darius focused book because I think she does stand up to him. I think he’s just as over bearing toward her as he is to everyone else, he just hides it behind sweetness instead of sarcasm and I think their relationship would be amazing to watch grow and become stronger when Anna convinces Darius’ that she is capable of taking care of herself. But, that doesn’t really have much to do with this particular book.

Kate: But that would deprive me of Raum. Don’t be selfish!

Caitlin: Don’t worry! Michelle said she has ideas for a Darius book and a Raum book.

Kate: My favorite thing about this book is that we’re so obsessed with these characters that we haven’t even talked about the plot and the world-building, both of which would be the standout in almost any other book.

Caitlin: Yes! The Victorian computers! The intricate Keeper system! There’s a character named Galizur for Pete’s sake. All awesome things.

Kate: And the mystery was so well paced. I felt pulled along the whole time, but not in that frantic, someone grabbing you by the hand and yanking you around way. I felt like I was chasing someone in that exhilarating way, someone who was just out of reach until the end and BAM. Everything came together.

I liked how frequently clues were dropped. I like that we weren’t told things as often as we were shown them. And I liked how hands-on Helen was in her quest to get those answers. It gave the reveals so much more impact.

Caitlin: Yes! I remember one of the times that Helen followed the boys somewhere, and I was all “so much has happened already, maybe you should just sleep!” But Helen wouldn’t let herself wait, or relax, she had to be in the thick of the plot figuring stuff out and hunting around. I loved that about her as a character and it made the book well paced and hard to put down.

Kate: And it was hard to put down. It was even harder to put down knowing that it could be a standalone, which would pretty much be the worst book-related thing to happen to me in a long time.

Caitlin: Yes!!! What if I don’t get any more Darius!!! I…I don’t know what I would do.

So, we totally had this very excited giveaway planned where you could own your copy of Darius. (Or Raum…whatever.) We were going to buy a copy of the book, send it to Michelle Zink for signing purposes, and then send it on to our winner. But, well, Michelle ruined that plan by refusing to let us buy the winning copy of the book. So, in our intense need for others to come to love Darius (yes yes, or Raum) we thought we would have some runner up prizes.

Epic Darius Giveaway of Epicness!

….or Raum.

Edit: Michelle Zink, author of awesome, has told us that she will sweeten the deal by adding a $25 gift card to one of two bookstores (Amazon for international folk, and bookstore of choice for American folk) for two winners! So, we now have three different prize categories! Yay! And thank you so much Michelle Zink!!!

One First Place winner will receive a signed copy of a Temptation of Angels from Michelle Zink, a $25 giftcard and various swag. You must be a resident of the US or Canada (or have a shipping address in one of these two countries) to be this winner!

One Second Place winner will receive copies of a Temptation of Angels shipped to them from Barnes and Noble or Book Depository depending on what part of the world they live in. And a $25 giftcard to either Amazon.com or your bookstore of choice in the USA. International entries welcome as long as Book Depository ships to you and you’re okay with an Amazon digital gift voucher.

One Third Place winner will receive a copy of Temptation of Angels for their very own! It will be shipped to them from either Barnes and Noble or Book Depository. International entries are welcome as long as Book Depository ships to you!

I’ve put in a couple of different ways you can get extra entries, most of which are garnered toward spreading the word about Temptation of Angels because if it doesn’t sell well we might never see a Darius book and and and…I might just DIE!…the other extra entry is to leave a comment about which boy you are most excited about because I want to talk about Darius. :)

….yes, yes OR RAUM.

KEEP IN MIND that a most of the extra things you can do for our giveaway also count as entries in Michelle’s Ipad giveaway. Make sure to check out the rules over there so your tweets or whathaveyou, count for both! And good luck!



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50 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful giving and for sharing about the giveaway that Michelle is hosting! I am most excited to read about Darius!

    1. As you should be!

  2. thanks for this giveaway

  3. im excited to meet darius, since everyones raving about him

    thanks for ur giveaway

    1. this is the right thing to be excited for!

  4. Darius! I am so excited for Him! :D

    1. I like the way these comments are going.

  5. I am SO EXCITED for Darius and Raum’s stories!! Especially since finding out that Darius’s inspiration was Dean Winchester ;D *claps* SO EXCITED FOR RELEASE DAY!!! *throws confetti*

    1. Right? Dean Winchester makes everything better! Even things that were already good!

      Sigh, remember that time I had to brush up against him.

  6. I’m definitely most excited for Darius. :)

    1. YES! Darius is the best!

  7. Can’t I be excited about all three? I don’ t like to play favorites, you see.

    1. I SUPPOSE that is fair. Do you usually not have a favourite character when reading a book?

  8. To be honest, I’m not interested in either of the three boys, but I’m totally interested in the Steampunk aspect of the book, as I’ve heard a lot about this style of writing, but have yet to read a book with that subgenre. I love the idea of combining angels and steampunk. Michelle is Amazing!!

    You are too, for offering this giveaway. Thank you!!

    1. I suppose that’s fair. The setting was rather interesting AND AND AND…what we didn’t mention in the review. Is they do this cool thing with street lamps! I wont spoil it. But, it’s cool.

    1. Mwahahahaha! Darius continues to win!

  9. I might be out girl out but I am looking forward to Griffin! Thanks for the great giveaway…here’s hoping!

    1. I….suppose….I mean. I like Griffin too.

      ….I just like Darius better.

  10. Well, for me, all is fair in love and fictional boys. I always end up falling for everyone in the love triangle (sometimes sqaure), & my heart always ends up crushed for someone. This definitely sounds like a promising read & I’d love the opportunity to win a signed copy. Thanks to everyone involved for such an awesome giveaway!!!

    *fingers crossed*

    ~C

    1. Just in case that wasn’t clear enough, I’m super excited to get to know all three guys! What more can I say, I’m unapologetically greedy. :) *grabby hands*

      Thanks again!

      -C

      1. HEY! Hands off! My Darius!!! *holds Darius close*

  11. I am Team Griffin all the way! That boy is HOT!!

    1. That’s okay. More Darius for ME!

  12. Cool! I love your contest!!! :-)

  13. Darius! That’s all I’ve heard from you guys! :)

    1. Well, Kate likes Raum…..but I don’t like to concentrate on that.

    1. OF COURSE!!!! :)

  14. Darius of course…lol….Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    1. I am both happy and worried about all these people who seem to like Darius. My Darius.

  15. I am so freaking excited about this. I am also angry with myself for not having found time to read it yet. Stupid school. Stupid work.

    Also, I need to know about this legendary Darius.

    1. Rachel! You haven’t read it! And you call yourself my friend.

      tut tut tut.

  16. Darius and Raum I think! Haha, thanks for this giveaway! I’ve been pining after this book ever since I got rejected at Netgalley..XP I LOVE the cover, and it sounds so awesome!

    1. Thanks for entering! …even if you do like Raum ;)

  17. I tried not to read too much so that I wouldn’t spoil it for myself but I’m really excited about Darius!

  18. I’m really excited to get to know more about Darius!
    Looking forward to reading A Temptation of Angels. :D

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  19. I’m very excited about Darius! He’s just swoon worthy! and how I love protective boys! ;) Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Can it be all of them? :D Don’t want to leave one behind. ;-)

  21. I guess Darius, because he was described as sarcastic. Which I love.

  22. Praise to Raum!! I mean it’s a bit obvious that this is going into a underdog wins ordeal with some Romeo and Juliet romance, but I really wanna see this book to the end. Darius would be the biggest contender against Raum for me and Griffin seems to be the secret lover, but will always be the cute almost boyfriend type that you wish he would win, but kinda like, “uhhh… maybe not NOW, but one day (maybe, no wait, oh yeah!!!…?)” I am truly anxious that I’m getting heads over heels over this book….ahh, I love YA books. 8D
    Ok, so now let be in my world with Romeo and Juliet romance crossed with a twilight/hunger games romance.

    1. Griffin has his own charm, I suppose.

  23. I definitely have a soft spot for Raum <3

    1. I don’t get it…but each to their own I suppose. :)

    1. Ah! Yes! Isn’t she awesome? A big part of why I love Darius so much is that I also love Anna! And they are just so good when on screen together. They’re book is going to be the best book ever!

  24. Caitlin, Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway! I cant believe I won ATOA :) . I cant wait to read it.

    1. Thanks so much for participating!

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