Book Review : Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1) by Michelle Zink

Product Details
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 Reprint edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316027413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316027410
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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.

This is a story about two sisters who play opposing roles in fulfilling an ancient prophecy that determines the obliteration of mankind and apocalypse. One of the twins will be the Guardian, the other the Gate. One of them is good, and the other evil. At first, the story goes as I expect it to be, but soon the author inserts a twist which changes everything.

Amalia 'Lia' Milthorpe discovers a mark emerging on her wrist a few days after the strange death of her beloved father. She starts to encounter strange things which led her to unearth the mystery of the prophecy which is kept a secret by her parents when they were alive. The only person in her family who probably knows about this is her Aunt Virginia, who acts as an in loco parentis to the orphans. As she seeks her aunt's help, she also realizes that Alice is not what she seems.

Prophecy of the Sisters is very well-written, and I love Michelle Zink's literary prose. Her words are rich and descriptive. Not many authors can describe something that concerns the parallel universe with such ease and proficiency. The plot is one of the highlights of this novel. It is absolutely spellbinding. The author presents us with the prophecy, and then lets us know how Lia tries to find more information about it with the help of her aunt and two close friends who also bear the same mark as her. Each time she unravels a piece of information, I'm both surprised and excited to see what happens next.

Did I mention the twins also have a younger brother, Henry? Henry, a clever and cute ten-year-old boy, is a lovable character, but unfortunately he is ill-fated. I never thought he would end up that way. I really admire his spirit and determination to protect his sister, even if his own life is at stake. I wish I have the chance to know more about him.

As for Alice, I dislike her from the moment she abuses her cat. I somehow think that this girl is mentally twisted. I hate her even more when she does something evil to Henry, without any regrets. I wonder why Lia doesn't tell her aunt about it. Poor Henry...

Prophecy of the Sisters is an entertaining novel which is full of suspense, mysteries and shocking revelations. I recommend this book to teenagers and YA novel lovers.


Note: This book has some kissing scenes - nothing serious.

Thanks to Alyson Beecher for helping me to order this book! Your assistance is much appreciated!

Michelle Zink
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.

4 creative remarks:

Shy said...

I have this book on my shelf and it is SO good to hear that the book is good! I especially love book with beautiful prose and I think I won't have problem loving this one also.

Chapter Chicks said...

What a great review. I completely agree, Alice is evil with a capital E.

And I hate what happened to Henry too!
:( WHY? He is such a great character!

Linda said...

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

Wonderful review!