Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Review: Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Publisher: Little Brown
Source: Personal Copy
Lia Milthorpe has always stood by her father's side, always in his library, she's always been a respectable and honorable daughter. When her father dies unexpectedly, and mysteriously, Lia, her twin sister Alice, and younger brother Henry, are left in the hands of their aunt, since their mother has long passed as well. Lia can't forget the expression left on her father's face in his passing. The two sisters who were always very close, begin to grow apart and Lia is alarmed when she catches her sister being very secretive. Alice becomes distant and cold. Lia is bothered by the fact that Alice doesn’t seem to mourn their father’s death, she simply seems to move on. When Lia’s boyfriend uncovers a book that tells of twins sisters, one the gate and one the guardian in a prophecy, Lia must figure out what the book means and why her father had kept it hidden. When a peculiar mark appears on Lia’s wrist, she doesn’t know who to tell. Soon Lia discovers that she and Alice are actually apart of this prophecy, and they have a vital role, they are destined to be pitted against each other. One has the ability to open the gate to Satan, and one has the ability to control the other for the good of mankind.
I'm really interested to see how the sister's relationship will continue in this series. The Prophecy of the Sisters begins to set up the prophecy and how each sister will play their role. Some shocking tidbits are uncovered, and I really enjoyed the first book. I really liked how Lia seemed very clueless for much of the novel, while Alice seemed to know more than she was letting on. I thought Zink did a fantastic job setting up both sisters. She included some great twists that I never would have guessed.
I really enjoyed the friendships in the story. In Lia's quest for answers, she bonds with Sophia and Luisa when she discovers similar markings on their hands. Both girls don't have much more information for her but they immediately bond together to try and uncover the secrets, that lay within the prophecy. Key factors of the prophecy prove to not be what they anticipated, which throws the girls for a loop. Lia has a much different role than she could have ever imagined.
I loved the relationship between Lia and James and I hope I get to see more. Their relationship was sweet but not without flaws. Their relationship doesn't overpower the storyline of the prophecy in any way, it remains secondary to the story which I really liked. I hate when YA becomes all about the relationships.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one and I hope to read the second book in the series soon. It does have a Gemma Doyle feel to it, but you can't really compare the novels. Since I've been having a hard time staying interested in YA novels lately, I was really happy to enjoy this one.