Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy, Book I) Hardcover – August 1, 2009
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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
- Grade level : 7 and up
- Lexile measure : HL810L
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316027421
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316027427
- Dimensions : 5.88 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Reading level : 12 and up
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (August 1, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,011,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First I want to mention what I didn't like. There could have been more James, Lia's "boyfriend." As the novel takes place in 1890, that's not what he would be called but that's what he is. She shuts him out when she finds out about the prophecy and leaves him in order to find the answers herself. He sounded quite dreamy and I would have liked to see more of their relationship and I guess I can understand why but I really liked him. Alice, as the antagonist to narrator Lia, was obviously less developed but it was difficult to see why. It relied too much on predestination than free will for my taste although the author tries to sidestep that. There are also so many questions left unanswered although there is a sequel coming. I realize this might sounds like a lot of complaints but actually I really liked it.
I enjoyed the prevalence of books; obviously I value them as does Lia and her father and their library plays an important role in setting the story in motion. Trying to figure out what the mysterious prophecy referred to was fun; there were even some mini-mysteries that I solved! That's a big deal for me as you can see if you look at any mystery book I've reviewed where I was unable to finger the murderer. I also liked the supporting characters, her two friends who are important to the prophecy, her little brother, and her aunt plus James. They were as interesting to me as Lia and I'm sure more will be uncovered about them.
Cover: Appropriately mysterious and creepy showing twin girls who will fulfill the prophecy.
Overall: 4.5/5-can't wait for the sequel! Highly recommend!
It is hard to believe that Prophecy of the Sisters is Michelle Zink's debut novel. This is a skilfully crafted novel with three dimensional characters. The characters in the Prophecy was so well written that I kind of got sucked into their world. I cried when they cried, laughed when they laughed. I believe that an author has to be really talented to make the readers feel that way about the characters in the story
If you read the first paragraph you noticed the gloomy beginning, this novel has a very Gothic feel all the way through. It fits perfect to a story based on a prophecy set in New York in the late Victorian era. Zink has a way of describing things that I could just about feel the rain and the wind seeping off the pages. She never bores her readers with tedious descriptions of things and places, but uses just the right amount of detailed descriptions. See I kind of have an issue with overly detailed descriptions in books, it tends to put a it off the book I'm reading*blush*
If there's one thing I might put my finger on it must be the character Henry, I so wish we'd get to know him a bit better, that he was a bigger part of the plot. Perhaps we will see more of him in the future?
The book takes place a long time ago when the world was much different. The main characters are two sisters named Lia and Alice. Together they must figure out how to end the prophecy, but when one of them goes bad the other must figure out how to end the prophecy that has gone on for generations by herself.
I enjoyed the book because it is full of action and mystery. I would like to read the other two books in the trilogy because I enjoyed the first book. I recommend this book to both children and adults who like interesting books