Friday, May 7, 2010

Review: Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

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.

Plot: 4/5
A unique tale about an ancient prophecy of good versus evil, The Prophecy of the Sisters is a rich story with a thick plot. There are a lot of unexpected twists that readers will encounter, and there is a constant feeling of eerieness in the book. It is a first in a series, so naturally there are a lot of mysteries still left unsolved at the end of the book, but this one leaves a little too much to the imagination that it may come across as unpleasant to some readers.
Creativity: 5/5
The Prophecy of the Sisters is a great mix of genres. Part fantasy, part paranormal, part romance, part drama, it incorporates a lot of different elements to make it the one-of-a-kind read it is. It's about two twin sisters who must take opposite sides, one good, one evil, to complete a prophecy that may save or ruin mankind. The idea of the prophecy is very interesting, and so are many aspects of the book: magic, dreams, demons, angels; and they're all rolled into one exhilirating adventure similar to the likes of Harry Potter and Twilight.

Characters: 4/5
As it is the first book of a series, it's expected that, like the plot, a lot of the characters are still underdeveloped. Luisa, for instance, is a huge part of the story but there is so much more that could be learned about her, so much more that could be done with her character. There are also mentions of people that are yet to appear in the succeeding books but are meant to play huge roles, so who they are and what part in the stories they will play are still mysteries. However, the roles of the sisters, Alice and Lia, are clearly defined and by the end of the book readers will have a very strong sense of their characters, but still have room to ponder what will happen to them in the next books.

Writing: 5/5
The story is set in the 1800s and is told from the point of view of Lia, one of the sisters. Writing in an almost historical manner can be difficult, but Michelle Zink truly delivers in this novel. The voice of Lia is so believable, reading the book is like stepping into a time warp to the 19th century. And during the many eerie, suspenseful scenes, Zink manages to evoke a feeling of scariness without losing the authenticity of Lia's character. This is not an easy task, but she sure does pull it off.

Impact: 4/5
The Prophecy of the Sisters is a fast-paced, mysterious story that keeps readers thinking. It involves so many intriguing, almost paranormal, elements, so it constantly has readers guessing, and at times, surprised. With its open-endedness, it has readers itching to get their hands on the sequel, in hopes they'll finally figure out the answers to the many questions that surround the story.

Overall: 4/5
I didn't really know what to expect of The Prophecy of the Sisters. I'm a sucker for the paranormal, so I was pretty excited, but I really didn't know what I'd get out of it. I wasn't disappointed though. It ended up being a nice read. The story was gripping, and the pursuit of knowing more about the prophecy kept me turning pages. I wasn't too happy with the ending, since I felt like there was too little closure, even for a book that starts off a series. It was okay, though, since it only gives more room to develop the story in the future novels. It's definitely worth reading.


  1. I just emailed the coordinator asking if you received it and then I decided to come here, I wonder why it didn't show in my google reader.

    Anyways, I enjoyed it more than you, I am excited to read the next one.

    Very nice review, I like how you broke it down.

  2. I've been wanting to read this book for sometime now. I love books set in earlier time periods so I'll definitely have to read it now.

  3. The cover is creeping me out but you gave it high marks so may just be worth looking into. Thanks for review:) I am a new follower thru the blog hop.
    Yesenia, Silly Little Game Called Life

  4. I've heard such amazing things about this one. I also really love the cover, great review.