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.
Why it’s my type: This one is so my type I almost feel guilty that it only cost me $8.99. It seems like a piece of work this well thought out and fulfilling should be worth a whole lot more than that. The language is delicate and refined; it reminds me how much I wish we still spoke as the characters do here. The atmosphere is moody and captivating, and the details of the story’s multiple mysteries reveal themselves gradually, but satisfyingly–even until the last few pages.
Of course I love a story with a good, strong female. And in this case, it is bursting with them, however questionable each one’s motives may be.
And then the cover is another work of art beyond the writing itself. The looks on the models’ faces reveal each sister’s personality before even opening the book. And though it’s missing in the picture shown above, the sheen-like texture of the lettering (Prophecy of the Sisters), ever-dancing between dark and light is an almost imperceptible but seemingly totally necessary extra touch to the whole thing.
Memorable bit(s): “She walks toward me, smiling her real Alice smile, and I know I shall remember it always when I think of my sister. That shining smile that makes one willing to do almost anything to feel its warmth.”
I love that small detail about Alice, because it tells a truth to me. About how often it is the case that those most undependable or untrustworthy among our loved ones can often also be the most charming and lovable at the same time. Or at least it has seemed to me.
Recommendation: Those who love a good mystery will gladly sip this one up–slowly and carefully, like a good, steaming cup of hot chocolate or tea. If you don’t take your time and savor it though, you might suffer from those occasional too hot, tongue-numbing moments. There are some that, if you’ve not taken your time and become somewhat prepared for, really bite.
Publish date: July 2009 by Little, Brown and Company.