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Grade 7 Up—Lia and Alice buried their father on a rainy day in the fall of 1890. His death was sudden, and strange happenings are keeping the twins from resuming their wealthy, well-educated lives. Lia begins to dream of flying and Alice, while reserved, does not appear to mourn her father. Lia's boyfriend, James, uncovers an ancient tome that cryptically tells of two sisters, one the Gate and one the Guardian. One has the power to return Satan to Earth, the other the responsibility to keep her sister in check. As Lia investigates the prophecy, a fortuitous trip to a fortune-teller, Sonia, unlocks new doors. With school friend Luisa joining in the adventure, the cast of characters is complete. Lia, Sonia, and Luisa band together to solve the riddle while preventing the increasingly malevolent Alice from discovering their findings. Zink's choice of first-person present sadly emphasizes her lack of character development. None of the perils the heroines face invoke fear or sympathy, as they are all half-explained and resolved too quickly for real concern to set in. Pass this title over for better historical fantasy fare.—Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, formerly at New York Public Library
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"This gothic horror-romance will appeal to aficionados of all ages. A fresh and engaging cast of characters, a page-turning plot and lyrical prose add up to an accomplished feat of storytelling." --The Guardian

From dangerous sances with deadly consequences to coldblooded sibling murder, this tale is extremely dark, but Zink's methodical unfolding of events will draw readers in. The ending primes for an anticipated sequel. --Kirkus Reviews

- A Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best book list for 2009

- 2010 Texas Lone Star Reading List selection

- Audio Edition received NAPPA Gold Honors

- Selected as a "Top 10 First Novel for Youth" by Booklist

- A NYPL "Stuff for the Teen Age" pick

Praise for Prophecy of the Sisters:
* "Zink does not shy away from grounding her fantasy in the sisters' characters. This arresting story takes readers to other planes of existence." -Booklist (starred review)

* "An intense and captivating story that gives a whole new meaning to sibling rivalry." -VOYA (starred review)

"Murders, secrets, and spirits haunt the Gothic landscapes as the girls work together to sort the prophecy and their places in it; tingly suspense is craftily managed." -The Bulletin

"A captivating tragedy immersed in a world of spells, Samhain and twisting family allegiances." -Publishers Weekly

"This is a brooding, haunting tale of an ancient struggle between living and dead, with two sisters at its heart. It's Gothic, Edwardian, and absolutely un-put-down-able!" -Tamora Pierce, author of the New York Times bestselling Beka Cooper series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy, Book I
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316027427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316027427
  • ASIN: 0316027421
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,739,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children. Prophecy of the Sisters was her first novel, and was chosen as one of Booklist's Top Ten Debut Novels of 2009 and as one of the Chicago Public Library's Best Books for Young Readers. It has also been listed on the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age and the Lone Star Reading List.

Customer Reviews

As we proceed through the story we learn more about the love between James and Lia.
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When students say to me, "I don't want to read that," I simply say, "That's why there are so many different books. If you don't like this one, then go find another."
Judy K. Polhemus
Michelle Zink's Debut novel is a dark fantasy filled with mystery and intrigue that captures us with the very first scene.
Vania Stoyanova

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By B.E. Reader on August 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Trying to be the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. I was really excited for this book when I bought it. It had a strong beginning that had me wanting more but the middle part was just not that good. I felt that the plot of 'the prophecy' was weak. Things were there 'just because'. No further explanation and nothing wanting me to be more interested in the prophecy or Lia's friends. Weak characters. The evil twin was hardly in it. There were events that happened in the family where the emotions did not match the situation. I'm sorry to be harsh but I am giving it three stars to be nice. I was finally getting somewhat pulled back in around page 315. I'm sure there will be a sequel and I most likely will not read it.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lia Milthorpe has always had a quiet, predictable, and happy life. But when her father dies unexpectedly, leaving her, her twin sister Alice, and her younger brother Henry orphans, strange things begin to occur. A peculiar mark appears on Lia's wrist, and Alice begins acting secretive. Lia's dreams become scarily real and threatening. It's not long before she discovers that she and Alice are a part of a dark prophecy that will firmly plant each sister on opposing sides and challenge every bit of loyalty, strength, and courage that Lia possesses in order to bring an end to the prophecy--before her sister can wreak havoc on the world.

From the very beginning of Prophecy of the Sisters, Lia is a convincing character; her hesitance to bring the strange circumstances that affect her to light and her motivations are true. Michelle Zink writes with startling clarity and vivid descriptions that establish a dark, mysterious, and brooding air that rivals that of the classics Rebecca and Jane Eyre. Her keen eye for detail and talent for revealing multitudes of aspects of the book without seeming didactic builds steady suspense throughout the entirety of the novel.

Lia's relationship with Alice is very fascinating, especially since many readers of the Young Adult genre are so accustomed to twin characters who are extremely close (as in Jacquelyn Mitchard's The Midnight Twins or Marissa Doyle's The Bewitching Season). It is complex and intriguing relationship, made even more so by the fact that Lia openly admits that she and Alice aren't especially close, but still she struggles with the idea that Alice may be evil and intent on doing her harm. It is the idea of one of nature's closest entities--twins--pitted against each other that really draw the readers in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Frost on March 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Prophecy of the Sisters
by Michelle Zink

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
# of Pages: 343
Age Rating: +13
My Rating: 5 Stars
Where I got it: Library

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. Debut novelist Michelle Zink takes readers on an unforgettable journey where one sister's fateful decision could have an impact of Biblical proportions. Prophecy of the Sisters is the first of three books.

I have one question about this and that is, WHEN in the world is the second book coming out or does anyone have a ARC of it that I can read??? Because this book was....amazing!
It's a twisted, Gothic, beautiful book with lots of details and complex. I thought that the plot was very gripping and it's not predictable but every time you think you know whats going on, a new mystery comes up that you were not expecting. And the writing was almost like a classic reading except that it was written for YA but people who don't read any classic may have a little bit of a hard time at first but it's really worth it as the writing was very detailed and beautiful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Enchanting Reviews on March 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
YA Fantasy

Rating: 5 Enchantments

PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS really has two major players in the story. Alice and Lia are twin sisters living in the times of corset and petticoats. Lia, from whose point-of-view the story is told, is the more awkward of the sisters but has a kind heart and a gentle soul. Her sister, on the other hand, exudes confidence and ambition. If the clash in personalities wasn't enough to separate these two sisters, the recent death of their father brings to light a truth that could put the girls on opposite sides of an age-old battle.

Since childhood, James has owned Lia's heart. A charming young man who works with his father in the family bookstore, James makes frequent trips to Lia's home to catalogue her father's expansive book collection. A happy side effect of these trips is the time that James and Lia get to spend together. Whether it's secret visits to cuddle under their favorite tree or a stroll along the water, these two lovebirds seem to have a fairly strong bond. When the darkness starts to encroach on the light, however, it will be a challenge to see if the strength of their love can keep the two together.

The Prophecy of the Sisters is an ancient tale, often thought of as myth, of two sisters destined to serve as the line between good and evil. At first Lia doesn't want to believe to the story; in the prophecy, one sister shall act as the guardian of peace while the other acts as the gateway to the Apocalypse. When Lia discovers a strange mark bloom on her skin shortly after her father's death, she'll be led on a journey of discovery. With this prophecy potentially at play, she may not like what she discovers.

I absolutely loved PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS.
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