A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS
Overused and overdone. As a reviewer, if I did not feel obligated to give this a chance, I might not have finished it. Unfortunately, Zink’s latest is predictable and rather clichéd. May not be for everyone.
Sixteen-year-old Helen is shocked when she is woken in the middle of the night by her mother, and given cryptic instructions before being urged into a secret hiding place and told to flee her burning family home. Terrified and in shock, Helen escapes to the mystery address her mother gave her. There she meets the Channing brothers, Darius and Griffin. They offer her both shelter and explanations — explanations that seem surreal. Helen, Darius and Griffin are descendants of a kind of angel, and charged with protecting the earth. Unfortunately, they are the only ones left. Someone is hunting angels, and if they can’t be stopped soon, then the planet is doomed. With only days to unravel these secrets and develop her new skills, Helen is forced to face her new reality and grow up fast — and when her past and present collide she will be torn between loves new and old. (DIAL, Mar., 448 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780803737266, HC, 12 & Up)