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February 23, 2012

"Prophecy of the Sisters" by Michelle Zink

Title: Prophecy of the Sisters
Author: Michelle Zink
Publication: 2009, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary: 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' ...read more

Review:  A dark, haunting, and mesmerizing work! Set in the 1800's, "Prophecy of the Sisters" pull off ancient myths, magic down a darker road, and wonderfully poetic and moving dictation. The main setting itself does not falter through this tense story, but Zink balances most of it out with switch ups to locations not far from home. Characters include an admirable protagonist, a chilling and compelling antagonist (whom Zink carved out exquisitely and extremely artistically), and many pawns and bishops, all laid out strategically on the game board. This is a book that seeks the reader's attention to a far broader statement than what is seemingly and simply presented in the adventure. While overlooking the slightly uneven pace of the open concept ending, as well as not much action, one should appreciate the gorgeous sophistication of the writing, and the occasionally mentioned morals of love, friendship, trust and family. What grabbed at me the strongest was Zink's effortless, yet powerful manipulation of an impressively vast selection of complex, human emotions. Stirred in with the other tasteful bits of magical characterization and plot, this work melts into a wonderfully eery, yet heart-warming concoction that will both provoke and soothe your heart.

Rating: ✿✿✿ 3.5 Blossoms
Final Notes: This is a book to slowly sip, not gulp. Enjoy all the subtle nuances in the writing, and this book will prove to be very enjoyable. I'm currently reading the second book of the series ^_^


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