Series: Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy 1
First Published: August 1, 2009
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.
Now Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.
They just know they can't trust each other.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 7
In this book, I ventured back to the end of the 19th century, which is always good combined with a story covering several generations. Although this book only features the current ones (the sisters, their mother and aunt), it still feels nicer with this... aristocratic setting. It wasn't too detailed put into the story, but it sure influenced it as rules of society were at that time, together with means of transportation and communication, and a few other things I dare not spoil; so yes, the setting was ultimately necessary for the story to proceed as it did.
So, a family curse. Always something that gets my interest. I uncovered that they sure buried some deep, dark secrets in there; and although they weren't awesomely new material, they were paired with some interesting twists that you can hardly see coming, meaning the story does keep you on your toes at least a little. I ain't telling any details, because I don't wanna spoil the fun, but there are some more, some less obvious things being revealed throughout. Not many hints for what might come up in the next installments, though. Not so sure if that's a good or a bad thing, because although you know the story has to go on, the ending does tie a nice knot, thus you kinda simply let out a breath and put it aside. It just doesn't leave you totally intrigued to what'll come next.
Maybe it's the characters. They don't really throw you, except for Alice. I think she's the most intersting of the bunch, but that might be because you don't get much information on her because you only get Lia's PoV, which does give you insight on most of the other supporting characters, but not on her dearest enemy sister. All the girls were interesting in a certain way, but not like you're dying to know the details, I was almost more interested in loyal Edmund and the twin's deceased mother (whose name I cannot find because it was only said once, or maybe not at all and I just wish it did). Henry is a special case, though. The boy is gorgeous, and I hated to read how messed up his life had always been, and yet still he managed to be so... warm and cheerful. It's a shame, really.
And as we turn towards the few males in this story: there was no real male lead. Seriously, James does not count. Unless he shapes up a whole lot in one of the other two installments, I don't even know why introduce him in the first place. Just because of his job, and to make Lia a little more miserable? I just.. I won't accept that. There had better be something, and it even better yet be striking. Which just brings me to my next complaint: To my disappointment, the romance in here wasn't worth a dirty penny, especially not for this setting where I expected a little more passion in combination with the secrecy necessary at that time, even in a YA novel. But the blurb of the second installment does promise something more going on on that front, so I am looking forward to reading about it, and I'm hoping it won't be quite as flat and floral.
On a sidenote, I think the first US cover for this one is way better! Check it out.
Area Scan: Style: 3/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Characters: 3/5 -- Romance: 1/5 -- Drama: 3.5/5 -- Humor: 2/5 -- Fantasy: 4/5
Discovered: 3 Hoods
Trilogy: #1 Prophecy of the Sister | #2 Guardian of the Gate | #3 Circle of Fire