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Review: Guardian Of The Gate (en.)

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‚Guardian Of The Gate‘
by Michelle Zink

The Prophecy of the Sisters # 2
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First Sentence:
“ Sitting at the desk in my chamber, I do not need to read the words of the prophecy to recall them. „

Last Sentence:
“ When the prophecy finally ends, one of us will be dead. „

Synopsis:
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. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Like in the first book of this trilogy I liked the writing style of Zink because it was appropriate with the dialogs and the phrasings to the plot and it also carried the reader away to long gone time. Unfortunately, this made the reading a little bumpier than usual, especially because it is a YA book and there the writing is generally rather simple. Otherwise I can only complain that I didn’t like the beginning very much because the story started 8 months after the first book and it also took some time to really get into the story. Moreover, the main character Lia was at first a bit too naive, which let here appear unlikeable, and unfortunately I must say that has not particularly improved by the end of the book. For me, Lia is a very contradictory character, because on one hand she is very brave and fighting for the good purpose, but on the other hand, she isn’t able to fight against her sister or even say a bad word against her, even if it’s her fault that their little brother died, and Lia just behaves totally naive, blue-eyed and prudish. Anyhow it seems to me that in a way the author herself does not know exactly the character of Lia and simply inserts her every now and then some ‚brilliant moments‘ where she should appear intelligent or courageous, so that one makes friends with her and still care about her story. But I’m sorry to say that Lia has remained constantly bad, but in return this time the plot and the story had more sense and I also liked the new characters which showed up in this book and which made the book more positive again. Here I want to mention Dimitri Markov, who is a member of the Gregory’s and stands besides Lia with words and deeds and also helps her with her problems.

Dimitri was a positive surprise and in my opinion the most mature character. And although I have liked this book more than the first one, what certainly depended on Dimitri and Luisa, nevertheless, it was not so exciting and thrilling, as the author maybe indented to be. I was not really surprised with the twists in the story or the solution which Zink has presented the readers, because they were a little dull and showed us a ‘everything becomes good‘ scenario, which let my eyes roll. Moreover, I also didn’t like the end very much because there were not really great highlights and it was partially also no surprises and I did see the end coming.

A demerit was also the fact that here were also a love-triangle between Lia, James and Dimitri. I am not a fan of such love confusions and as well as it was presented in this book, I only found it needlessly and unnatural and it occurred to me that Zink only wanted to suck a problem from her fingers. But I also have to admit that it was a light, quick reading pleasure and it didn’t had very serious incisions which have disturbed me terribly. It was a normal book but without bad or good awakenings and hence just a mediocre book which is suitable for readers of this genre, but maybe is not especially suitable for all the others.

Cover:
In my opinion the German cover looks better because the English one is too boring for my taste. But to be honest, both covers are not my favorites and not very appealing and wouldn’t be a reason for me to buy this book.

All in all:
A nice reading but which didn’t touch me and didn’t egg me to think about it. An average book which is only suitable for fantasy or YA book lovers, but nothing for readers with another taste.

Rating:
3 of 5 points

Quotes:

Dimitri: „It does smell lovely. It smells of the forest, icy river water… you.“

Lia: „But we are in this together, aren’t we? Now more than ever.“

Luisa: „You are quite right, Lia.” I can hear her trying to quell the laughter rising yet again. “Dimitri is every bit the gentleman. I only thank God that Rhys is not!“

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Succession:

# 1: Michelle Zink – The Prophecy of the Sisters »
# 2: Michelle Zink – Guardian of the Gate »
# 3: Michelle Zink – Circle of Fire

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About the author – Michelle Zink:

Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children. Prophecy of the Sisters was her first novel, and was chosen as one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels of 2009 and as one of the Chicago Public Library’s Best Books for Young Readers. It has also been listed on the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age and the Lone Star Reading List.
(Source: http://michellezink.com)

Visit her Website »»

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Review: The Prophecy of the Sisters

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‚The Prophecy of the Sisters‘
by Michelle Zink

The Prophecy of the Sisters # 1
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First Sentence:
„Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don‘t notice the rain.

Last Sentence:
“ ‚Only time will tell, Lia‘, in the end, I suppose it will.“

Synopsis:
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. (Source: goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I was hooked up by this book from the first pages on and couldn’t put it away. The writing style of Zink suits greatly the story and the time of the 18th century, in which it was common that girls weren’t allowed to go around alone or meet guys unguarded by chaperons. Zink really got the right point with her syntax and the dialogs could be almost from this former time. Also from the first pages on the plot was thrilling and it wasn’t boring with long description, because the reader has to discover everything together with the main character Lia, who appears a little shy and insecure but generally likeable and authentic. Nonetheless I really hope that she will become more self-assured soon, otherwise she could become annoying and nobody wants that. 🙂
What I also liked was that her sister Alice, which is the mean part in this story, appears very authentic and believable and the same is with Lia’s friends Sonia and Luisa. And at this point I have to say that I prefer Luisa of all characters in this book because she is so lovely, so a charming and shining character that the reader almost have to smile while she is mentioned. I’m also curious how the prophecy will turn throughout this series and what will happen to the end because for now I have no foreboding.
Three-quarter of the story I really liked and I was really thinking this would be a 5 points book. But then I read further and my enthusiasm decreased with every chapter. The biggest reason for that change was the existing and the flights in the ‚otherworld‘ (sorry to say that but it just reminds me so much of the series The Immortales or of House of Night, and I didn’t liked it there neither.) Furthermore the otherworld is just bad described and too chaotic, and not quite understandable with all this souls and Samael. That all was too much for me and I fear that there will be much more of this otherworld in the next two books. But we’ll see.
From now on take care because it contains SPOILER !!!
The end was really a shock for me and I don’t know what I should think about it. I don’t like it when a child has to die in a book or in a movie and if it happens like here without any reason and totally pointless, than I have no words for it. I can only guess that the reason for it was that Zink wanted the readers to cry or that we see how evil and bad Lia’s sister Alice had become. BUT it doesn’t explain me why on gods earth Lia is talking and acting like this with Alice again after this tragedy? How could she even stand her side if she was the reason for her little brother’s death? For me that was the point when I thought the book isn’t quite as good as I thought it is at the beginning, because it’s not even in the slightest believable how Lia’s acting. And it was also pathetic how Zink wrote the goodbye scene between Alice and Lia three times: At first at the stairs, then after the supposed murder in Lia’s dream and at last before she went to London after Henry’s death. And also how her aunt Virginia acted after all this and that she even said she has to stay at their home because of Alice? That was just unbelievable and hilarious and totally unauthentic. Additionally I didn’t like it how Lia started to lie to James all the time and didn’t tell him anything although she knew he would stay beside her no matter what. Although I understand that she didn’t want to involve him in this ancient war, but she didn’t have to push him away like this and tell him all lies and no true word because he didn’t deserved that and Lia did it also because she was scared that he would see her in a different light and that was just cowardly of her. And this pathetic letter in the end she wrote for him wasn’t better and I couldn’t believe my eyes as I read that she asked him to wait for him. If I would have been him I would try to forget her as fast as I can and would search my love and happiness somewhere else. Now at the end I have to ask myself if I really like Lia anymore and I don’t have an answer to it. Maybe the time has to show me and I have to read the other books to make a clear decision. And I really hope it’s getting better again.

Cover:
These two covers are very similar but I prefer the German one, though they are both not very appealing. I’ve seen much better covers so far.

All in all:
In the beginning it was a great story about till the end it sucked a little and left my disappointed. 😦

Rating:
3 of 5 points

Quotes:

Lia: „Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don’t notice the rain. It falls in sheets, a blanket of silvery thread rushing to the hard almost-winter ground. Still, I stand without moving at the side of the coffin.“

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Succession:

# 1: Michelle Zink – The Prophecy of the Sisters
# 2: Michelle Zink – Guardian of the Gate
# 3: Michelle Zink – Circle of Fire

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Michelle Zink:

Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children. Prophecy of the Sisters was her first novel, and was chosen as one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels of 2009 and as one of the Chicago Public Library’s Best Books for Young Readers. It has also been listed on the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age and the Lone Star Reading List.
(Source: http://michellezink.com)

Visit her Website »»

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