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Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy) Paperback – Bargain Price, July 1, 2010

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 Reprint edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316027413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316027410
  • ASIN: B005K5ER90
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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At first Lia doesn't understand why she had a tattoo on her arm, or why she has strange dreams or hears voices. As time goes by she learns that all the strange experiences she encounters has to do with an ancient prophecy.

Lia and her sister Alice are part of the prophecy. One sister is evil, the other is good. The bad sister will release the Devil into the world and it is the good sister's job to keep that from happening. Lia must find out which role she has in this prophecy. As she is doing this Lia is mourning her father's death, trying not to be distracted by her budding romance with James and caring for her sick brother Henry.

The historical detail in this book is nonexistent unless you count the mention of servants and carriages as historical detail. There is no description of dresses, traditions, manners, mourning customs etc. etc. If this is a historical fantasy book then there better be some sense of the time period the characters are living in.

As another reviewer said the evil sister was hardly in the book. I was expecting more sinister behavior, more backstabbing more...something.

The book is good, but not great. I think I was expecting more from the glowing reviews and the hype.

I think students who are enjoying the urban fantasy crazy and those who like the Gemma Doyle series will enjoy this one.
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Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this dark, emotionally suspenseful debut. I am very easily spooked by books about ghosts, spirits, the devil, and 'woo-woo' kind of things. Reading back over that sentence, I'm realizing that Prophecy of the Sisters contains all of those elements! It was because of this that I almost gave up on this book, but I'm glad I didn't.

This book is told in the first person from Amalia's (who goes by Lia) point of view. Her twin Alice, whom she has always had a special bond with, is changing and exhibiting a dark side that scares Lia. Lia has an unusual mark on her wrist and the book starts with Lia trying to find out what the mark means. She soon uncovers a prophecy involving twin sisters, that she and her sister are unknowing parts of. Zink explores the battle between good and evil in all of us, as well as the difference in nature versus nurture. I really liked that focus of the story.

This book is more of an emotional thriller than your typical an action-packed fighting novel. It was a bit of a slow starter but worth it in the end. Prophecy of the Sisters is set in Victorian New York---you know how much I like historical fiction so that aspect of the book really appealed to me.

I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one. If Guardian of the Gate gets any darker than Prophecy of the Sisters, though, I may be in trouble. People who like scary books will probably really enjoy this series.

Just One Gripe:
The aforementioned scariness. It almost did me in.

The Best Thing About This Book:
I liked Lia's voice and the battle between good and evil.
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