Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Review - Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Prophecy of the Sisters
By: Michelle Zink
Published by: Little Brown and Company
Release Date: August 1st, 2009
ISBN: 9780316027427
352 pages

Prophecy of the Sisters is a story about two twin sisters whose family for generations has played a crucial part of a prophecy. The prophecy started at the beginning of time (it seems) to keep Samael from bringing the seven plagues to earth. 
The book begins with Lia, Alice, Henry, Aunt Virginia and the Birchwood estates’ servants standing at Thomas Milthorpe’s (Lia, Alice and Henry’s father) grave. With both of their parents deceased; Lia, Alice and Henry are left under the careful watch of their Aunt Virginia.
Lia notices small strange changes after her father’s peculiar death in the “Dark Room”. A mysterious mark around her wrist has started to appear and Alice’s behavior has become more distant and elusive. Although the story is slow at first, once Lia finds out her true role in the prophecy, that’s when things started to really pick up in the story (for me at least).
I enjoyed the dynamic between Alice and Lia and their different distinct personalities. Of course, the dynamic has been done before, but I enjoyed the way it played out once they found out their roles in the prophecy. The author toyed with the “nature vs. nurture” debate between Lia and Alice. Were Alice and Lia’s personalities shaped because of how their mother raised them or because of the prophecy?
The story is told from Lia’s perspective, but I would have loved to read things of Alice’s perspective as well. I always love getting inside of the “bad-girl’s” mind! The other characters were a tad bit one dimensional, as if they only existed for Lia. But it wasn’t that bad, because once the story picked up, you only wanted to see things as Lia and it was realistic. In real life, people don’t always know what others are thinking/doing when their not around. I would have loved to see more depth to the other characters like Louise and Sonia. Despite those few things, I thoroughly enjoyed Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink! I am extremely impressed, and will continue to read more by this author!!

About the Author:
            Michelle Zink lives in New York and has always been fascinated with ancient myths and legends. Never satisfied with simply reading them, she usually ends up asking, “What if?” Sometimes asking only leads to more questions, but every now and then, when everything falls into place just right, a story is born. Prophecy of the Sisters is one of those stories. (taken from her website!)

More From the Author:
           Prophecy of the Sisters was her debut novel, the second book Guardian of the Gate was released on August 1st, 2010. The third books is due to release in the summer of 2011. Click on the cover to find out more about the second book in this series! 

Amazon link and Description of GoodReads:
             Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents’ deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her.

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