Monday, March 15, 2010

Prophecy Of The Sisters by Michelle Zink

Prophecy Of The Sisters by Michelle Zink.
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers.
Pages: 343.
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.

While Prophecy Of The Sisters is an incredibly beautifully crafted tale with a hint of historical and paranormal elements, I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped.

I can see why it’s received so many amazing reviews; great plot, great characters, great setting, great writing. I definitely acknowledged and enjoyed it all. But for me, personally, towards the middle it began to drag to the point where I wasn’t all that excited to pick it up again when I put it down. The ending certainly redeemed it though, and while Prophecy Of The Sisters isn’t one of my favorites, I’m definitely excited for the sequel- Guardian Of The Gate.

I love the historical feeling that it has. I usually tend to stray from historical novels since my attention span concerning them is very tiny, but I appreciated that Michelle was able to subtly tuck it into everything else that was going on in the story without overwhelming me.

Overall, Prophecy Of The Sisters is a haunting yet wonderfully written story that manages to balance paranormal events and teenage angst even set in the 1800s. Though it was a bit slow for me, I definitely recommend it to any fans of scary YA fiction!


  1. I loved this book, sorry you didn't like it as much as I did. I agree about it being haunting and wonderfully written :)

  2. Great review, even though you didn't love it you manage to describe the positive aspects of the novel. I thought this was an excellent debut and had a hard time putting it down to do anything else :)

  3. This is one that waits on me..... I just have not got to it yet.

  4. I always find it so weird when everything about the book is wonderful and yet, for some reason, it drags. It's weird.
    Anyhow, I still want to read this!

  5. This one sounds pretty good...I'll have to try it soon. My friend said basically the same thing you did: great, but drags a bit. ;)

  6. I have this on my TBR list, great review and honest, thank you.

    I think I will enjoy it and I hope the historical part doesn't take away the joy for me as I also don't enjoy those stories.

    It is interesting that you still want to read the sequel though.

  7. Thanks so much for the well thought-out review, Katie. Every book isn't for every person, and I always appreciate it when someone can say, "This book wasn't my thing, but you might really enjoy it!"

    Special thanks to Ladybug and Kelsey for loving Prophecy as much as I do and for everyone else willing to give it - and me - a shot!


  8. I get freaked out so easy...But I think this will be added to my TBR

  9. You won a award(s) at my blog,