Sunday, December 19, 2010

Book Review + Book Giveaway: The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

The year is 1890, and three siblings have just buried their father. The youngest sibling, Henry is crippled. Lia and Alice, twins, have an unusual bond. They are fiercely close, yet scared to be honest and to reveal too much to each other. Perhaps this is the result of losing their mother at age six. Perhaps there's another explanation. One that has to do with Alice's strange mumblings in the Dark Room and her eerie presence.

Lia does not want to think badly of her sister, so she tries to pretend that all is well. Except, this denial is getting harder to maintain, particularly when Lia's boyfriend, James, gives a translated version of an old Latin poem he found hidden in her father's library. This poem, vague and cryptic as it is, seems to allude to a set of twins--One is the Guardian of good and one is the Gate. To Hell.

Though it is not all that closely related, I could not help but think of Jane Eyre while reading this book. It had that creepy, Gothic but romantic vibe to it. Through out, this book held my attention and kept me wanting answers. And, the relationship between James and Lia was sweet. I could not help but fall for James a little myself.

I loved the style of writing used in this novel. In looking at the events from Lia's perspective, I think that the suspense builds more and the events seem more shocking than if it had been a third person narration. I love this time period--the late 1800's--and think that this is the perfect setting for a battle between good and evil. There is a second book in this series that came out in August of 2010. It's called Guardian of the Gate and I can't wait to find out more about this story when I read it!

Now, for the giveaway. I have an extra hardcopy edition of this book for one lucky commenter. To enter, simply leave an email address and an answer to this question:

What is one prediction or prophecy that you have for 2011?

This giveaway is US only. 
Closes 12/31/2010.

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  1. Oooh great question! A prediction I have for 2011 is that I will be *ahem* taken ;)
    +1 Follower through GFC
    Thanks for hosting, this book has been on my tbr pile for a while now, time to start crossing some off the list!
    nizmart at gmail dot com

  2. My prediction for 2011 is that Prince William & Kate Middleton's wedding will be a media frenzy.

    +1 GFC follower as seriousreader

    Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  3. My prediction for 2011 is that dystopian will continue to dominate but historical fiction will see a big rise (this is based mainly on my resolution to read more historical fiction. It seems like everyone's made a similar resolution, too!).

    +1 I'm a follower.

  4. My prediction for 2011 is that steampunk works of fiction be the new "it" genre.
    Thanks for the chance to win! I've been wanting to read this :)
    Happy Holidays!
    melodiousrevelry (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I am a follower. :)

    My prediction: Next year will be better than this year. It has to be!!! The hunger games movie updates will dominate the entertainment world and inspire many more dystopian style books.


  6. My prediction is that kansas's winter will arrive late and won't thaw out til late march.

  7. My prediction (prayer/wish) is that I will get a bun in the over! :)

    jlelliot08 AT gmail DOT com

  8. My prediction is that this year is gonna be full of FABULOUS sequels (i.e. City of Fallen Angels!)
    +1 GFC follower (Lexie@BookBug)


  9. My predictions are that 2011 will be a great book year like this one so many great ones coming out! Im so looking forward to City of Fallen Angels I just got in to that series and love it!
    Great giveaway thank you very much I always wanted to read this book!
    Im a GFC follower

  10. I predict I'll get a job and be able to buy TONS and TONS of books!

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  11. My prediction for 2011 is that it is going to be an even better year for YA dystopian books than 2010. There are so many amazing sounding upcoming dystopian books, I'm so excited!

    +1 GFC Follower

  12. I have this on my TBR shelf along with the sequel and really need to get to it. Thanks for the review I am going to try and get to this over break!

  13. I just discovered your blog; it's great. I have read this book and liked it a lot. Happy Holidays.

  14. I predict I'm going to finish the current draft of my book and will start querying in 2011.

    Great contest, thanks for the opportunity! (Hugs)Indigo

    I'm a GFC follower.

  15. I am a Follower...

    Prediction for 2011 - Our government will not be able to work any type of bipartisian work.

  16. One of my predictions of 2011 is that I will read more books than I did in 2010!! :P

  17. My prediction is to get in my first choice college in 2011


  18. My prediction for 2011 is that my personal library will surpass 750 books. XD

    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

    +1 I'm a follower.


  19. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Hmmm ... I predict that 2011 will see a *leveling out* of the current economic situation. (well, we can always HOPE lol)

  20. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Ooops! And I just signed up to follow you in GFC :D


  21. I predict that I start culinary school.
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  22. great prediction....2011 will be the year I read 300 books in one year! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!
    I am a follower

  23. My 2011 prediction is that the
    economy will improve...
    Many thanks, Cindi

  24. I follow your blog publicly via
    Google Friend Connect!
    Again, many thanks...

  25. my perdiction is the steam punk genera and the horror punkgenera sales will boom in 2011

    +1im a follower

  26. My prediction will be that I will own over 200 books and read over 300! :)

    +1 follower
    lindsaydevine (at) bellsouth (dot) net

  27. My prediction is that I will study harder and bring my GPA up!

  28. Follower on GFC!

    ashleysbookshelf at gmail dot com

  29. A prediction for 2011 for me - I will finish my YA novel.

    A prediction for 2011 in general - Philadelphia Flyers will win Stanley Cup (hey, it could happen!)

    +1 GFC follower with this account

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. I predict that my son will study hard enough and finally get his GED... (fingers crossed)

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    micaela6955 at msn dot com

  31. I predict my kids will be on the Honor Roll again in 2011
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  33. My prediction for 2011 is that it will have an uncommon share of surprises in it.
    1bmore @gmail .com

  34. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which is my Chinese Zodiac sign. So next year is MY YEAR!!! Yay! I predict good things, like winning the lottery and finding my missing house keys!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. My prediction for 2011 is that the graduating senior class will be the best the world has seen yet! :D

    And I'm a follower. :)

    Thanks for the contest! I've been wanting to read this for a while.
    two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

  36. My prediction for 2011 is that the economy will ijmprove.

  37. GFC follower

  38. My prediction for 2011 is that the awesome new series The Walking Dead will have a 2nd season full of even more zombies, lol :)

    +1 I'm a follower


  39. my prediction is the Jersey shore people fade to nothing again
    great giveaway
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  41. I'm a follower!

    My prediction is that 2011 will have some really really good movies...(super hopeful). At the very least, Parks and Rec will be back, so that's a good thing.

    lisathebooknerd at gmail dot com



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