Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Prophecy Of The Sisters by Michelle Zink

Genre: YA Fantasy
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 343
Book Source: Own purchase

Synopsis: 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.

I started listening to Prophecy of the Sisters on audio and take my word for it, unless you like to be anaethetised I really wouldn't recommend it. The narrator has the most monotone voice ... not conducive to remaining awake. Fortunately I'd also purchased the paperback and what a difference reading this book made. Prophecy of the Sisters is dark and intriguing, Michelle Zink's writing is quite haunting, poetic at times, and the Victorian setting provides the perfect backdrop giving this story a gothic feel with ominous undercurrents.

I enjoyed seeing the character of Lia & Alice evolve as their roles in the prophecy and the ancient battle of good and evil are discovered. Brave Henry whilst not the most visible character, certainly plays a significant role and was a favourite of mine. The Prophecy itself unfolds slowly, a piece at a time and I found myself taking mental leaps ahead; often my assumption proving correct but the occasional nose-dive on my part had me applauding the misdirections, twists and turns. Call me strange but I also loved the fact that Alice herself and the dream travel scenes had the 'creep' factor *shudder, shudder*.

All in all Prophecy of the Sisters is an enjoyable debut novel, well set up for the continuation of the trilogy and I'm looking forward to the next installment ... Guardian of the Gate was released in August this year.

Visit Michelle Zink's website to find out more.

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  1. LOL @ the bad reading :)

    I keep pondering picking this one up. I'm kind of holding out thinking my library may eventually get it.

    LOved reading your thoughts on it. Sounds really intriguing.

  2. Your review makes me want to go get this book. It sounds good. I like a little "creep" factor in my stories! LOL

  3. This is one of my favourite reads of the year. I also enjoyed figuring out some of the prophecy before they revealed it.

    Great review. I enjoyed Guardian but loved Prophecy, look forward to the completion of this trilogy.

  4. I got this book for Christmas last year and still haven't read it. Glad I didn't get the audio!

  5. A bad narrator has sure spoiled some audio books for me, and they are a reason I am not keen on going back.

    But yay that the book was actually good

  6. I already have this on my wishlist, but I seem to find other books that I want to buy first all the time. I need to get my hands on this one asap, because it sounds like just the book I need and want. I like the Victorian era and some paranormal twists are always fun. :) Great review.

  7. I have avoided all audio books. I am afraid they are going to ruin the story. Great review.

  8. Thanks for the heads up about the audio...I don't need any help falling asleep!!! Still sounds like an interesting read and it captured you enough to pick up the next one.

  9. The book is also on top of my list. Glad you like it and I myself kind of like the creepiness. LOL

  10. Ok, definitely no audio for this book. Great review, books sounds good!

  11. Thank you for telling us about the audio :) I would definitely fall asleep :)

    This is my wishlist for quite sometime now.

  12. A bad narrator can ruin a book, that is certain. I've had a few I stopped as well and picked up the book because it was awful or grating.

    I hope you enjoy the second book as much as the first!


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