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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Three More Reviews

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink has a great cover, but offered little else.  I'm using a canned review for this one.

Lia and Alice buried their father on a rainy day in the fall of 1890. His death was sudden, and strange happenings are keeping the twins from resuming their wealthy, well-educated lives. Lia begins to dream of flying and Alice, while reserved, does not appear to mourn her father. Lia's boyfriend, James, uncovers an ancient tome that cryptically tells of two sisters, one the Gate and one the Guardian. One has the power to return Satan to Earth, the other the responsibility to keep her sister in check. As Lia investigates the prophecy, a fortuitous trip to a fortune-teller, Sonia, unlocks new doors. With school friend Luisa joining in the adventure, the cast of characters is complete. Lia, Sonia, and Luisa band together to solve the riddle while preventing the increasingly malevolent Alice from discovering their findings. Zink's choice of first-person present sadly emphasizes her lack of character development. None of the perils the heroines face invoke fear or sympathy, as they are all half-explained and resolved too quickly for real concern to set in. Pass this title over for better historical fantasy fare.—Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, formerly at New York Public Library 

Fiction.  Supernatura/YA.  2009.  352 pages.

Dark Fever (Book 1) by Karen Marie Moning-  I don't think I'll continue with this series, either.  One review on Amazon said the heroine's IQ was "slightly above that of a rutabaga."  The sexual elements were a bit disturbing, especially since you can't imagine the barbie doll heroine having enough sense to make decisions.  Not that she always has the choice of making decisions...
Fiction.  Supernatural.    2007.  384 pages.
The Medusa Amulet by Robert Masello.  Sounded good; fell flat.  An art historian, a missing artifact, some supernatural, mystery, and adventure--but the plot is contrived, the adventure difficult to believe, and the characters shallow.  Even Benvenuto Cellini and the supernatural element fail to provide real interest.  All ends happily.
Fiction.  Supernatural.  2011.  464 pages.

Please remember these are just my personal opinions of these books.  Many others, without doubt, found them thrilling.


  1. I have been kinda curious about Karen Marie Moning, but I can't decide if she is for me. This review makes me think I should just ignore it...

  2. Kailana - Many readers love her work, but it wasn't for me. They are quick reads, so you might want to decide for yourself.