Monday, August 17, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway: Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

After her father dies under mysterious circumstances, Lia discovers that she and her twin sister are part of an ancient prophesy that pits them against one another. Lia must stay one step ahead of her sister to prevent the apocalypse.

This hauntingly lovely novel has a lot going for it: a vividly realized historical setting (1890s New York), confident writing and a premise that makes you want to dig deeper. And that’s good, because it has to overcome the fact that it is basically a set-up for a trilogy. There are no big showdowns here, but a series of mysterious occurrences and coincidences as well as several smaller showdowns that serve well to build atmosphere and explain mythology but are sorely lacking in the action department.

Some of the specifics of the prophesy itself reminded me of the movie Constantine, which was considerably darker than what I expected. And I have to admit that although I like the idea of astral projection and dream travel, I found these passages unsettling (and nightmare inducing) and had to skim over them.

THE PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS is available in hardcover now. Find out more about it at the author’s website. I have an extra ARC that I can send out to one of my readers next week, so let me know in the comments by August 24th if you'd like it.

88 comments:

Melanie said...

I would most definitely like your extra ARC! Prophecy of the Sisters sounds like a great start a trilogy.

Lilibeth Ramos said...

Would definitely love an ARC of Prophecy of the Sisters! I think Michelle is so awesome!

Brooke Reviews said...

Interesting, I didn't know this was a Historical tale :) Please enter me for your other copy.

bermudaonion said...

Ooh, I'd love to be entered for the extra ARC - this one sounds good to me. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Wanda said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
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Chick Lit Teens said...

I've heard a lot about this book and really want to read it. Please enter me for your extra ARC!

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Oh, I'm glad to hear you loved it too! I bought it last week after reading good reviews, I can't wait to get into it!

eidolons said...

Oh! That sounds like a good one! I'll add it to my list of books to look for at the library!

donnas said...

I would love to be entered.

Thanks!
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Erica said...

Please enter me for your extra ARC :) This book sounds fantastic.

Wendy said...

Your review is wonderful!! I so want to read this one:)

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Tynga said...

I would indeed be interested!
The story sounds so great =)

Gwendolyn B. said...

Oh, yes! I would love to win this ARC. Thanks for the chance!

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Michelle Zink said...

Thank you for the wonderful - and thorough - review!
:D

ccqdesigns said...

I would definitely love to read this one. And of course, the first of a trilogy is always interesting.
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Adrienne said...

I would love to an ARC!
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PJ Hoover said...

Excellent! I've been on the edge on this one, but will pick it up for sure now. It sounds so interesting and I love the cover. Thanks!
Okay, if I win the ARC, I won't buy it :) But I'll tell two friends who tell two friends, and so on.
Anyway...

melissa @ 1lbr said...

I think this sounds very interesting. I'd love to read your ARC!

Diana Dang said...

Eee! I want this one! :D

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

I would loveeee it if I received the ARC, count me in babez!

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Sue said...

This looks good! Thanks for sharing it.

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chey said...

Prophecy of the Sisters sounds like a great book! I'd like to be entered.

wdebo said...

Sounds like a great book, and I would defidently love a copy :)

Taste Life Twice said...

Heck yes I'd like it!

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pepsivanilla said...

Please enter me :) Sounds like an amazing book!

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S.M.D. said...

Well I'm in. I'd love to have it :). Email in profile if you choose me.

Thanks!

Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Jazz said...

I've just begun to read this book and I'm glad to hear there are spooky parts because I love scary stuff.

Jazz said...

I've just begun to read this book and I'm glad to hear there are spooky parts because I love scary stuff.

Heidi Willis said...

I've heard about this book, and the premise sounds so intriguing but the cover really creeps me out.

If it seems like so much is a set-up for the rest of the trilogy, will you want to read the other books, now, or will you worry they won't have enough thrilling plot as well?

And I'm always up for a book!

holdenj said...

I've been following the reviews and discussions with interest! Would love to win!

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Thanks

Lenore said...

Heidi - I definitely want to read the rest of the series. I am sure they'll have a lot more action!

Rhiannon Hart said...

If you can handle posting a hardcover to Australia, I would love to enter!

Anonymous said...

Mary D
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I would really love Propercy of the Sisters ARC! Thank you so very much and please count me in to win :)

Mari said...

I would love a copy of this book. It has been one that I want to read. Thanks!

Jenny said...

I'd love to be entered! This sounds like totally my kind of book! (It actually sounds like a much eviler Angela and Diabola, which was a book I looooved as a kid.)

Melody said...

Thanks for the lovely review! I've this book in my pile and I look forward to reading it!

AmandaSue said...

I'd like a chance to read this thanks.
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Leslie said...

i would like a copy!!!!

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sharon54220 said...

I would love a chance to win this great book.

Thanks

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Dar said...

I would love it Lenore!
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Donna said...

Sure, I'd be up for this! Thanks!

etirv said...

I would like to be entered!

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Susie Sharp Librarian said...

This book sounds so good I've added it to my wishlist on LT would sure love your extra ARC copy!

MJ said...

I'd love it!


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Lee P said...

This sounds very good! Thank you for this giveaway and please count me in.

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renee said...

I would like to give this a read, please enter me
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Staci said...

Sounds interesting but I'm not sure if it is one that I will pick up or not. I really didn't care for the Constantine movie.

Thao said...

I've been hunting down a copy of this book so it'll great if you count me in this giveaway ^^

Sara said...

I'd love a shot at the copy! Thanks!

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Valorie said...

I have been seeing this book around and it looks good. I'd very much like to win.

Valorie
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*Samantha* said...

I would LOVE your extra ARC. I've heard so much about this book, if I don't get it soon then I may possibly combust!

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Beth Kephart said...

This review made me smile. I was so lushly drawn in, and then I get to your sentence about, "which is good, because it's basically a set-up...." Still, I'd love to read this book. I love things with an historical bent.

Bunny B said...

I would love it!! So many raved about this :) Thanks!

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Christina Farley said...

Interesting post. I have to say the cover looks very dark too so I wondered about the content. But I'd be interested in skimming through it.

Alicia said...

I've heard great things about this book and I would love to win it :)

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Margay said...

This sounds like an intriguing book. Would love a chance to read it.
Margay

Rabid Fox said...

I've been reading quite a bit of positive feedback about this book, so if there's a chance for me to snag a free ARC then count me in. :)

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Jeremy Kelly said...

I'd like a copy of the ARC, please. Also am adding you to my blogroll!

throuthehaze said...

count me in please! I have been DYING to read this!
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Nicole said...

This sounds so good. I've had in on my list by have held off on having it shipped out because I have so much other stuff to read.

jessica-shea said...

Great review! I loved the Gothic atmosphere of the book, and I'm a sucker for stories about twins, but it also felt like a lot of setup to me. I'm really curious to see what happens next. There's a great interview with Michelle Zink today over at the Enchanted Inkpot!

gaby317 said...

i would love this! please count me in

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Jolynn said...

I think I would really like this book.
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Priya said...

I'd love to win a copy of the ARC! I've seen lots of great reviews and I've been dying to read it.

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zibilee said...

I think this book sounds terribly interesting, and I would love to win a copy of it. Your review really had me intrigued. Thanks for hosting a giveaway for the ARC.

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Jen said...

Sounds intriguing! Ff you'll enter me for your ARC, please? ^_^

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Mya said...

Oooh! I'd love to enter for your extra copy! I can't find it anywhere near me...

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Debbie F said...

Count me in! Thanks

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Shadowofwonder47 said...

This sounds like an awesome book! Please enter me for you extra copy.

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Pam said...

I would LOVE it. The cover and description are simply haunting and beautiful.

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Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
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Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

I'd love to be added to the draw too :)

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Thanks!

barbrafl said...

I've wanted to read this book for so long! Please enter me in to the raffle :)

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Anonymous said...

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flowerchild said...

please count me in ....thanks

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Carrie K. said...

Thanks for the giveaway - I would love to win a copy!

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Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
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So please count me in for the giveaway !!!!
Thanks so much for this chance ;o)

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

I would love to win this book. I just love starting new series, especially when in the paranormal realm.

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

I would love to win this book. I just love starting new series, especially when in the paranormal realm.

Kelly J. said...

Oh, thanks for hosting! I am interested in entering :)

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/at/
gmail :)

Rue said...

I'd love to have a copy of this book. Thanks so much for the chance to win!
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Anonymous said...

Blair lewis
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Are you kidding I would LOVE this book thanks for the giveaway good luck to everyone

Kate said...

I would LOVE to read this. Pick me, Pick me!

Kate
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blueviolet said...

Yes, I'd love to read it!
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cherdon said...

I would really love it if you would enter me for the extra ARC of Prophecy of the Sisters. Sounds like an awesome read. Thanks

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Kristi said...

I don't know if this entry will count - the date here says the 25th - but it is still the 24th where I live! I have been intrigued by this book since the first time I saw the cover. I would love the chance to win it!

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