Publisher: Little Brown
Source of my copy: I bought it
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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. Debut novelist Michelle Zink takes readers on an unforgettable journey where one sister's fateful decision could have an impact of Biblical proportions. Prophecy of the Sisters is the first of three books.
Soon after her father's death, a strange mark appeared on Lia Milthorpe's wrist and her twin sister, Alice, started acting more suspicious and secretive than usual. Soon, Lia learns that she is part of a dark, ancient prophecy in which she and her sister will eventually come to head and only one will come out victorious and alive.
The whole good twin versus evil twin sister premise of this book caught my attention but before I made my purchase, I read a bunch of reviews to see what other readers are saying. The main complaint seems to be that it was slow moving. Yes, I agree that it is--except for Lia finding out that she's a major player in a prophecy and her learning more about her part in it and who her allies are, not much happens and there is hardly any action. Except for Lia, I wasn't sure of the other characters like Lia's boyfriend, her family and her newfound friends. They seemed one dimensional and I felt that they weren't fleshed out. The book is written in first person through Lia but I almost wish that we are also given Alice's first person perspective or at least that she's in the book more. Alice's character has a lot of potential and I thought the author could have done more with Alice as she is a fascinating character in her own right.
However, I thought the book an interesting read anyway and I quickly finished reading it in a couple of days. Lia is a very likable character and as she gains more knowledge about the prophecy, so does the reader--I really liked that I was with Lia every step of the way. This book is a bit of a dark read with filled with secrets, magic and the mysterious unknown--as I was reading it I kept picturing mists, an overcast sky and damp earth in my mind. I really like the mood of this book! Like other reviewers, I going to have to say that if you liked Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series and you're looking for a historical young adult novel of the same vein, Prophecy of the Sisters is worth checking out. 3.75 out 5 stars