Thursday, April 22, 2010

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Historical/Gothic

Release Date: 8/1/2009

Publisher: Little Brown

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About the Book:
(From Goodreads because I could not come up with a decent sounding summary!): 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.




GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I always love the idea of Gothic novels and then they don't work out for me or I find them boring. Not so with Prophecy of the Sisters! This book pulled me in from the start and wouldn't let me go. I listened to this on audio in my car and I kept finding reasons to drive around so I could keep listening.

Michelle Zink's writing was amazing-she had the Gothic feel down perfectly and I loved the way she phrased things. It had the feel of being old fashioned without relying too heavily on old fashioned language which I really liked.

Lia and Alice are great characters and I liked the interplay between them-I just wish there had been more. This is more Lia's story and Alice wasn't in it as much as I thought she would be. But the moments she is-wow! Talk about evil twin! I don't think I've ever met a character quite as evil as Alice-she's so good at being bad and I loved it.

There were lots of surprises and I liked the twists Ms. Zink threw the reader. The only thing I didn't like was that this was very much a set up novel and setting the stage for more to come. Although there was still plenty of action in this one so I could almost forgive that. I'm very eager to read the next book in the series and I have to applaud Ms. Zink for writing a gothic novel that kept me entertained.

I do have to mention that I really liked the audio version. Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was the narrator. I typically like narrator's who do various voices, and Ms. Dushku gave more of a straight reading without voices. But her voice fit the book perfectly and I really liked her as the reader.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from Audiobook CD checked out from library

13 comments:

  1. Great review, I've been hearing allot of positive stuff about this book and it's been on my tbr list for ages...okay months. :) The characters sound great.
    Also the cover for the second book is really pretty!

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  2. I will have to check out the audio verision esp. if Eliza Dushku is the narrator. It sounds really good and I'm only looking for great audio books.

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  3. I haven't read your review as I have this book and keep meaning to read it. I will come back to read after :) I am glad to see that you liked it - I tried to get in to the first chapter a few times but it hasn't caught my interest yet. I will have to try again.

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  4. I loved this one - I wish there had been more Alice, but I'm kind of hoping she's more in the next one!

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  5. Thanks so much for the lovely review! You have great taste in books, so I'm doubly honored.

    Hope you like Guardian of the Gate just as much!
    <3

    MZ

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  6. Nina-It sat in my TBR pile too. I'm so glad I finally picked it up. I do like the new paperback cover too-I think it's very pretty.

    Andrea-I really enjoyed her as narrator-her voice just worked for me somehow.

    Amy-I hope you can get into it-it's a really good read. (And I skim reviews or skip them for books I haven't read yet too!)

    Melissa-I hope we see more of Alice too-she's such an interesting character!

    Michelle-Awww..thanks so much!:) Have you had a chance to listen to the audiobook? I'm curious what you thought of the narrator?

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  7. This is on my TBR list, but now that you said you liked the audio I think I'm going to try and request it that way. I love a good audiobook!

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  8. I haven't really listened to the audiobook! I started to once, but it was too weird for me hearing my words read by someone else. If I were an actor, I'd probably be one that didn't watch my own movies. Lol!

    But I LOVE Eliza's voice. I was really excited when they cast her because her voice is strong and not frou-frouey. I was happy they didn't cast someone with a "be still, my heart" Victorian voice!
    <3

    MZ

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  9. Hi Michelle-I'm sure it would be strange to hear someone read your book!:) I thought her voice was perfect for Lia and she just fit so well. Add to that beautiful words for her to read and I was smitten! (Seriously, I didn't want to get out of my car!)

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  10. Great review! I've heard a lot of good things about this book and I just might have to borrow it from the library soon! Or listen to the audio book...I like Eliza's voice.

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  11. Great review. I've had this on my wish list for a while.

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  12. I go back and forth with wanting/not wanting to read this book. I'm interested but not overly so and I'm not sure why I feel that way. Great review tho - helped me move more towards wanting to read it :) Oh and I like the new cover better.

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  13. I keep seeing this book pop up. I wonder why that is? It's definitely appealing to me, and maybe one that I'll wind up checking out at some point. It's good to know you enjoyed it!

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