Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (Published by Little Brown, August 1, 2009)
Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister, Alice, have never been close. But when their father dies, leaving the girls and their younger brother Henry orphans, disturbing events begin to happen that separate the girls even further. A strange mark appears on Lia’s wrist, and Alice is acting strange and even more distant.
Soon, Lia learns that she and Alice are part of an ancient prophecy that makes them mortal enemies. They both have a role to play - one good, one evil. And if events are not stopped, it could bring about the end of the world. Unsure where to turn with her parents dead, her sister now her enemy, and unable to confide in James, the young man she loves, Lia must find a way to avert tragedy and end the prophecy.
Set in 19th century New York, Prophecy of the Sisters is a chilling supernatural story with the feel of an old Gothic novel. I really liked that this book was a young adult fantasy set in historical times, which set it apart from other teen paranormal fiction that is mostly set in the present day. The ending is quite the cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to read the other two books in this trilogy to see how the story concludes. Unfortunately, the next book will not be out until August 2010, and I’m not sure how I’ll wait that long! I would definitely recommend this book to readers looking for an unusual young adult fantasy, you will not be disappointed.