Review: Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

GoodReads: The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for …more The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she’ll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister’s role in the prophecy, and that’s not the only thing she wants: There’s also Lia’s boyfriend James.

Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn’t know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.

Michelle Zink has a masterpiece of a trilogy coming together with the latest release of book two in the Prophecy of Sisters Series. I was enamored with the Sisters and the story in book one. Guardian of the Gate has me gasping for air and waiting with bated breath for book three. When is it coming? When are there going to be ARCs. I need the conclusion now people!

Zink’s world building is phenomenal, her character creation stellar, and her dialogue stunning. I cannot say enough amazing things about this series. If you haven’t read Prophecy of the Sister’s hop to. It’s out in paperback now. Then get to Guardian of the Gate. If you read Prophecy then go out to your local indie and grab a copy of Guardian now! Right now. Drop that cup of coffee, strap yourself in the car and get to the store. You won’t regret it.

Lia has grown so much in this second book. She has become a woman in her own right and is stronger than ever despite all the losses the prophecy itself has claimed from her. She is willing and able to put an end to this once and for all even if that means either she or Alice has to die.

There is betrayal so vile in these pages but it is laced with the hope of the future Lia wants for herself. Will that future be in New York with James or in the land of the Sisters with the newly introduced mysterious Dimitri. I for one vote for Dimitri.

This book is a definite for the best of 2010 from Bookalicio.us and will be featured in the Holiday Gift Guide. Let me know what you think of the series.

Here is the wonderful trailer for Prophecy of the Sisters by Vania of VLC Productions.

FTC Disclosure: (lame) I received this book at the Teen Author Carnival in New York.

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Review: Prophecy of Sisters by Michelle Zink

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 an 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.

Michelle Zink has captured my attention and added yet another series to my ever growing list. Lia is a great character and so easy to relate to that even though at times the stories mysteries were at least to me predictable chapters in advance, I was able to look past that and just enjoy the story and enjoy watching Lia’s reactions to the bumps and tumbles along the way.

I read a lot of great reviews for this book when it came out and that is one of the things that kept me from it. However I was coaxed into reading it by @CatherineHaines of On The Nightstand. I will be forever in Catherine’s debt for convincing me this book is worth the hype.

Comparable to but vastly outshining Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy, I find my mind going back to this book and trying to decipher what will happen in book two. The writing style is perfect. Perfect timing, perfect flow. I finished the book in under five hours and am left with the feeling of wanting more.

If you haven’t read Prophecy of Sisters yet then I suggest you hop to. It was a fun and fantastically dark read and perfect for those of us waiting on spring.

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