‚Guardian Of The Gate‘
by Michelle Zink
The Prophecy of the Sisters # 2
“ Sitting at the desk in my chamber, I do not need to read the words of the prophecy to recall them. „
“ When the prophecy finally ends, one of us will be dead. „
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.
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.
3 of 5 points
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!“
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.
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