Sunday, August 9, 2009

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Title: Prophecy of the Sisters
Author: Michelle Zink
Pages: 352
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication Date: August 1, 2009

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters---

One good...

One evil...

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, they find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Prophecy of the Sisters is an unprecedented and transcendent start to a new series. From the turn of the first page, up until the flip of the last page, Zink persistently keeps the reader captivated and absorbed in the book. Zink writes with perfect balance and vivid imagery that establish the dark, cryptic, and elegant ambiance that is the Prophecy of the Sisters.

Zink's engrossing and powerfully suspenseful plot was executed with great authenticity and skill. Zink's lyrical and alluring prose helped cultivate the eerie and graceful atmosphere throughout the totality of the novel. The vividly-described setting is matched flawlessly with the ominous, enigmatic time era.

An interesting aspect of the novel is the relationship between Lia and James. Their easy-flowing romance has suddenly become dark and secretive. What used to be luminous and blithe is now withdrawn and obscure. The bonds between her and James seem to slowly crumble with the lack of trust and--seemingly--love.

Throughout the entirety of this novel, the reader will feel like Lia is suffocating and trapped in all the events and conflicts that distinguish themselves. Lia, herself, is a strong and unique character...not at all like any stereotype. The unknown mysteries about the prophecy pique her interests. And as she delves deeper, and deeper, she is slowly becoming the very heart of the prophecy. She must fight against Alice; no matter what it takes. Intense pressure and grief must not overcome her. If it does, nothing will ever be the same...everything will change---for the worse.

The Bottom Line: If I was to describe the Prophecy of the Sisters, I would choose beautiful. Beautiful is a simple word, yet it portrays more than any other word could. Zink delivers a magical tale of two sisters with the surrounding of lies, deceit, and hate. This debut author seems like she's been in this business for a much longer than 2009. I can't wait for the next installation of the series to come out! A+ :-)

---Report Card---
Originality: 10/10
Ending: 8.5/10
Characters: 9.5/10
Plot: 10/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 9.5/10
Theme: 9/10
Imagery: 10/10
Setting: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Style: 5/5
Tone: 5/5
Cover: 9/10
Total Score: 95.5/100 (A+)


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24 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time August 9, 2009 at 9:19 PM  

I completely agree; it's a beautiful book. I can't wait to read the next one.

Taschima Cullen August 9, 2009 at 9:36 PM  

I can't agree, but that is because I haven't read it!!

LOl

B.A.M. Book Reviews August 9, 2009 at 10:53 PM  

Awesome! This book sounds REALLY interesting!

-Briana

a flight of minds August 9, 2009 at 11:25 PM  

Wow! Now I'm really itching to read PoTS! It's being pushed up a little bit in my TBR pile. :D Thanks for the great review!

- Alex

Lizzy August 10, 2009 at 2:25 AM  

Great review, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've also got an award for you here

http://cornucopiaofreviews.blogspot.com/2009/08/two-awards.html

ReggieWrites August 10, 2009 at 5:52 AM  

Wow! Thanks for commenting you guys! I LOVE comments!!! I agree with you all, POTS is a very interesting book...you guys should read it! I finished it, in, like, an hour and a half...it's just THAT good. And also, this is my very first award nomination!!! Thanks Lizzy!!!

Reggie :-)

Lexie August 10, 2009 at 10:05 AM  

I have it waiting for me, sort of. I started it then got sidetracked and wanna finish it before Thursday. :) Thanks for the break down though! From all that I've read and seen PotS is my kinda book!!

J.T. Oldfield August 10, 2009 at 10:12 AM  

I keep hearing such good things about this one!

Pam August 10, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

I find the cover so haunting! And I keep hearing such great things about this novel; I can't wait to read it!

ReggieWrites August 10, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

This is a book definitely worth spending for...the best buy I've had in a long time!

Shawna August 11, 2009 at 1:39 AM  

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I really want to read this book I t looks so good and your review was amazing GREAT JOB!!!
I'm over from the epic rat so HI to all ;o)

Alexa August 11, 2009 at 2:25 AM  

This book looks awesome and I'm dying to read it!

Erica August 11, 2009 at 3:29 AM  

This books look really interesting! I can't wait to read it!

ReggieWrites August 11, 2009 at 6:05 AM  

Thanks for commenting guys! POTS is truly an amazing, awe-worthy book!

the epic rat August 11, 2009 at 10:55 AM  

I've seen this all over the blogs, but I haven't had the chance to snatch it from the bookstore/library shelves! :( One of these days though - your review got me excited! :)

ReggieWrites August 11, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

Thanks for commenting!!! I'm happy that my reviews help you guys choose your books!!! POTS is a book worth buying...as I've said many times!

Reggie :-)

Jo August 15, 2009 at 2:25 AM  

Awesome review! I've been wanting to read this book for such a long time!

By the way, I found your blog via The Epic Rat's New Blogger on the Block feature :)

ReggieWrites August 15, 2009 at 5:59 AM  

WOW! Thanks! I'll be sure to go her site right now and thank her!

Sassy CC August 19, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

So many good reviews for this one- Thanks for your thoughts on it.

Seahn

Aik March 31, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

Thanks for this review! I've always wanted to read this book. Now I know I must get it as soon as possible! (In my area, there are no bookstores which are selling books like these.)

Maria the Bookworm April 2, 2010 at 11:39 PM  

This book is waiting for me in my bookshelf, I've heard such great things about it :D

Kelly Peres June 18, 2010 at 12:16 PM  

Im dying to read this book I finally purchased it today but now after you Fab review I am so putting this higher in my to read pile!!

jedi145 June 23, 2010 at 2:46 AM  

This sounds really good ! I'm going to get it and read it ;)

Chapter Chicks July 4, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

Wow. This is a totally awesome review. I'm so glad I stumbled across your page! I can already tell that you're gonna be one of my big inspirations!

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