Apr 16, 2010

Review | Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink && A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

I haven't done one of these quick reviews in a really long time. I decided to put these two together for a few reasons: 1) I didn't like them as much as I thought I would & rated them the same; 2) I thought they were very similar and 3) I have other books I want to review and this is faster.

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.

Thoughts: I've heard many great things about this book and I liked it too, sort of. For some reason the story seemed too short and lacking some explanations. I know that it's a trilogy or something and that more will be explained later on, but I really wanted to know more. I really thought the characters were great and I liked them.
So was it just me, or is anyone else confused on the whole Gate and Guardian thing? I was pretty lost on what the heck the story meant and such, but then, I hope it all gets clarified later.

Favorite Line: "I recall his somber eyes during that last, private conversation. His eyes and his words, far too wise for a boy of ten: only time will tell, Lia. In the end, I suppose it will."

Gemma, 16, has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order.

Thoughts: I tried reading this one before and I really couldn't get into it much. So I decided to give it a try in audio and it really caught my attention more when I was listening to it. I thought the whole plot was intriguing and I was interested in the story, but I had a problem with the characters and didn't like them too much. I wasn't too happy with the ending either, but this one is also a trilogy(?) and I need to read the next few books to find out what happens next.

Favorite Line: "...and I'm an oddity of one. My strangeness too complicated to explain or share."

These books were provided by the local library.


  1. I'm pretty sure I listened to all the Libba Bray books but I really can't remember how the whole thing ended. I keep looking at the description for the last book and going 'did I read that?' but I'm almost positive that I did. Maybe I need to start over because I'm pretty sure I liked them.

    The other one looks intriguing too and I've seen some interesting reviews of it so I'm going to have to check it out at some point.

  2. It's sad when a book with a lot of promise turns out to be disappointing. If there is a lack in the characters,it really slows down the pace of the book for me too...
    Thanks so much for the review :)

  3. I have high hopes for the first one, as it seems that it has gotten a lot of positive reviews. I hope that I will like it.

    And for the second book, I've recently borrowed it at the library. It's the translated version and I cant wait to read it. Hopefully the next three books are better! :)

  4. I really loved Prophecy of the Sisters and definitely can't wait for Guardian this fall. Her writing style is fantastic and the story is really brilliant. Glad to see you liked them.