Monday, December 28, 2009

Review: Prophecy of the Sisters

Prophecy cover
Title: Prophecy of the Sisters
Author: Michelle Zink
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Paranormal
Pub Date: August 2009; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 352 pages
Book Source: purchased from


An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-

One good...

One evil...

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.

They just know they can't trust each other.

My Thoughts

It took me awhile to read this book--there were many glowing reviews out there and I figured I would wait a bit before jumping in and checking it out. In the end, I am definitely glad I read it, but I have to admit it was slow going for me for about the first 100 pages--I had a difficult time getting drawn into the story initially.

The writing is great--as some of you may know from past reviews, I am not usually fond of the first person present tense in many books I read. The phrasing can feel awkward at times, in my opinion. Not so with this book! It was so well-written that I didn't even notice the point of view and tense for most of the book, which was a pleasant surprise. I also enjoyed the late 19th-century setting and felt that Zink did justice to the language and customs of the time.

Ultimately what I really appreciated about this book was the refreshing premise--this story is different from so much of the paranormal young adult fiction out right now. I also really appreciate the fact that the synopsis doesn't give too much away--that really adds to the enjoyment of the story, in my opinion. Once I was able to really be drawn into the plot and the characters I didn't want to put the book down. And silly me--somehow, even with all of the reviews out there, I didn't realize this was going to be a trilogy going into the book, and now that I've finished it I wish I had the second book close at hand! I am hoping that there will be further character development of some of the secondary main characters in the coming books. I feel that there was so much focus on the sisters, Lia and Alice, that some of the other important characters were left out in the cold.

The final verdict: Prophecy of the Sisters was definitely worth the read and, for me, mostly lived up to all the hype and great reviews out there.

My rating: 4 stars

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  1. Thank you for the lovely review of Prophecy. I hope you enjoy the second book, Guardian of the Gate, just as much!


  2. Aw, thanks for stopping by my blog! I can't wait for Guardian of the Gate!

  3. Thanks for the review. I have read other reviews on this book as well. I learned more about the book here as well. Thanks for all the information. I may have to get to this book too.

  4. I have the audio version of this one which I hope to read in 2010. I enjoyed your review.

  5. i saw your twitter and retwittered it before coming back to your review, which, as always is well written. i was gunho this book and then for some reason went off it.

  6. Glad to hear you liked this book. I've had my eye on it for awhile.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  7. Melissa & Anna ~ I definitely recommend it!

    Diane ~ I bet the audio version is good to listen to!

    Sandy ~ Maybe you'll pick it back up again... It was slow going for me for awhile but then all the sudden I was sucked in!

  8. Isn't Michelle Zink fab. I got this book for Christmas and she wrote on my blog about hoping that I enjoyed it. I can't wait to read it and didn't realise there was a second one coming out soon.

  9. I have this book out from the library, but I don't know if I am going to find enough time to read it.


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