Author: Michelle Zink
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: 08/01/09
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.
Plot: 3.5 Stars
The idea behind this novel is very interesting and unique within the genre. I've always enjoyed stories with twins (ever since Fred and George), and I was excited to find a story in which the twins were on opposite sides. At times, this novel felt like a set-up for the rest of the series. The Otherworlds, the prophecy, Lia and Alice's powers... They were mentioned and glimpsed, but not much was divulged. I hope that these things are explained and explored more in depth in the next novel because I want to know more.
Pace: 3 Stars
There were many moments within this novel where it felt like nothing was progressing. The novel started off strong and reeled me in quickly, but lost steam in the middle. There was a lack of action or investigation for much of the novel. I though Lia could've been a bit more proactive in figuring things out (like Alice), instead of just waiting for the information needed to be brought to her. I did enjoy the ending though. The author did a great job in wrapping the story up and leading into the next part of the series, without leaving us with a cliffhanger.
Characters: 3.5 Stars
As a main character, I found Lia to be very realistic. She wasn't necessarily weak, but she also wasn't very tough. She was a nice balance between the two that I could relate to. Sometimes I felt as though she could've been more proactive, but overall I enjoyed her character. Sonia and Luisa were my favorite characters. I really enjoyed how they played off of Lia and each other. Although I wish Alice and Henry could've played a larger part in this novel. Alice was supposed to be in opposition to Lia, but she was often absent. Henry played such a small part throughout much of the novel, I actually forgot Lia and Alice had a younger brother at one point.
Cover: 3.5 Stars
I liked the original cover, but I think the new paperback cover is more eye catching. But both have their pros and cons. While the original cover give a more historical feel that is reminiscent of the setting of the novel, the cover models on the new cover could be from any time period. On the other hand, the new cover gives a good feel for the sisters, while the original doesn't actually portray anything from the novel. While the statues are interesting, they are not actually from the novel.
Overall: 3.5 Stars
Disclosure: I bought this book for my own enjoyment.