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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Prophecy of the Sisters


Prophecy of the Sisters
by Michelle Zink

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, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.

They just know they can't trust each other.
(Description taken from Amazon.com)

I actually listened to this book on CD after reading Greenbeanteenqueen's review. I had heard a lot about this book, but knowing it was "gothic" had temporarily put me off. It's really funny, I tend to love gothic books once I get past the first few chapters; I just never seem to want to pick them up in the first place.

Let me tell you, with this one, I am SO glad I finally read it. Partially it was listening to Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring it On, Dollhouse) read the book in her very even-toned, no nonsense way that helped to really carry across Lia's voice, but it was also just the perfection in the vocabulary and tone of the book.

Zink does a fabulous job utilising beautiful vocabulary that, yes I know but never remember to use!, to bring us mentally back to a time when society behaved altogether differently and a girl's life should not be devoted to trying to fulfill a prophecy without ending the world!

The mystery and otherworldly-ness of this book is utterly compelling. I found Lia to be a wonderful main character, and I loved to hate, and sometimes feel sorry for, her sister Alice, right alongside her as the plot developed.

I cannot wait to read Guardian of the Gate to see what else is revealed before the final showdown in book three!! I really hope, too, that they get Eliza Dushku to narrate the next book...I couldn't stop driving around!

4 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked it! I've had two co-workers listen to the CD and they weren't as impressed as I was with Eliza's narration. It wasn't the best, but I thought it fit Lia's voice. And I agree-the author's writing and use of beautiful langauge is what made the book for me. I can't wait for the sequel!

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  2. Thank you, Jessica, for this lovely review of Prophecy. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
    <3

    MZ

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  3. Thank YOU Michelle for stopping by! I loved your book and cannot wait to read the second. I actually dreamed about Lia after I finished the book...must continue the story!!

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