Thursday, March 10, 2011

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
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, they find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.


I've been reading this one off and on for at least two years now, but recently I decided to give it my all, and I ended up not only pleasantly surprised but in full out love with a new series. Because after the first few slow chapters, Prophecy of the Sisters proves to be one book you just can not put down, not even for a second.

Prophecy of the Sisters tells the story of Lia and Alice Milthrope, two sisters who couldn't be any more different. Lia is timid and thoughtful, while Alice is the leader, rash and determined, but after the sudden death of their beloved father, both girls fall to a prophecy like none they've heard of before. Suddenly, the two sisters- former best friends and confidants- are on opposite sides of the prophecy, fighting for what each believes is best. For Lia, this means putting the prophecy to death but at the same time not letting it become the death of her. On the other hand, Alice wants something totally different; she wants to let the bad people win, and as it starting to seem, she won't let anyone get in her way- her sister, her aunt, even her poor little brother... Will Lia be able to stop her in time? Who will come out on top? Alice or Lia? Will Lia have to give up the boy she loves in order to fight the prophecy? Only time will tell in this richly developed and written novel of two sisters and the cruel prophecy that lies in their paths.

First off, I have to give it to Michelle Zink, she certainly knows how to write quite the book. First of all, I loved the historical setting. Michelle did a fantastic job of getting the feel of late 1800s early 1900s New York down pat; even to a point that I felt like I was right there with Lia and Alice and their friends, family, and foes. Furthermore, the premise of this is amazing! The prophecy that starts to get unraveled throughout is intriguing and fascinating. I loved the idea of a gate and a guardian and what that meant for the sisters as well as the friendships Lia began to make with two certain girls because of her role in the prophecy. It certainly leads to this book being unforgettable.

I became quite fond of Lia over the course of Prophecy of the Sisters. Lia is a girl with a strong backbone even though she is a bit shy and well mannered, and even better, I loved how she's a girl who had strong friendships throughout the book, because it truly played a big role in her characterization. Alice, on the other hand, it the evil, malignant person or villain so to say, and while I wasn't rooting for in any way what so ever, I still found her to be entertaining and an important addition to the book.

Lastly, Michelle Zink's writing was lush and ornate and quite honestly I loved every minute of it. Better yet, I seriously adored that she put a bigger focus on friendship and family and strong female main characters in this instead of romance because it was refreshing and different from the typical YA read.

In all, Prophecy of Sisters is a book I highly suggest fans of YA and historical fiction pick up. Entertaining and epic, it's a book that proves to be un-put-a-down-able time and time again. Though, word of warning, after you're done with it you'll be eager to read the sequel, like I now am.

Grade: B+

Prophecy of the Sisters is now out!

Source: Publicist at Little, Brown


  1. I'm glad you stuck with it. Sometimes we readers want a quick fix. Love the cover too!

  2. It definitely sounds full of great action. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

  3. I'm also kind of having a hard time getting thorough this book. I still haven't gotten past the slow chapters. Hopefully, I'll feel the same as you do as I get deeper into the story.

  4. Just wait until you get to book two. FUCKIN FANTASTIC! *swoooons* even better than book 1 by like a zillion trillion times

  5. I was holding this book in my hands a couple of hours ago at the bookstore. But I was hesitating whether or not to get it. This is my first review I've read on this. So far I think I would like it. :D If not a lot then I would enjoy it. Thanks for the review! :D

  6. I know it seems slow but I loved this book...I have and have not yet started the second one...but I will.

  7. The books of this series I'm going to read in the Summer. I know, I'm already planining which books I am going to read in another season. ;) Glad you liked it.

  8. Good job at persevering to finish that book. It actually sounds quite good.

  9. I loved this book and have had the sequel in my TBR pile for waaayy too long now. I'll have to pick it up soon!

    Great review :)

  10. I only read it a few months ago myself, so I know where you're coming from with the loooong put off. I definitely agree on the slow beginning, but then there were a billion unforeseen plot twists - just woah. Great review!


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