From School Library Journal
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 GuardianFrom 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.
- 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" pickPraise 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
* "An intense and captivating story that gives a whole new meaning to sibling rivalry." -VOYA
"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