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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Guardian of the Gate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Mac

    Wow...this was nosebleed worthy. That's right, kittens. It's time for the spiritual apocalypse. Here's a summary of the plotless wonder known as Guardian of the Gate: Lia & her friends ride through the forest. Evul People try to make Lia wear the deadly medallion. Lia escapes because Good People save her. More Evul People try to make her wear the medallion. Lia escapes because Good People are marginally smarter than she is. Everyone rides around the forest. Lia has insta-love with some one-dimensio Wow...this was nosebleed worthy. That's right, kittens. It's time for the spiritual apocalypse. Here's a summary of the plotless wonder known as Guardian of the Gate: Lia & her friends ride through the forest. Evul People try to make Lia wear the deadly medallion. Lia escapes because Good People save her. More Evul People try to make her wear the medallion. Lia escapes because Good People are marginally smarter than she is. Everyone rides around the forest. Lia has insta-love with some one-dimensional freakazoid. Lia, Freakazoid, & Good People ride around the forest. Evul People try to make Lia wear the medallion. Lia narrowly escapes because Good People save her. Lia, Freakazoid, & Good People reach a cheesy pagan island. Lia & Freakazoid have insta-love. Sarah vomits up her dinner. Lia & Freakazoid leave the the island & ride through the forest to find a mysterious book. Lia is saved by the laughable incompetence of Samael's minions. Alice says threatening things. Lia swears their final confrontation will be EPIC. Though my summary is obnoxiously repetitive, I'm sorry to report that it doesn't match the dullness of the source material. For all that I was disappointed in the first book, this one surpassed the negatives I'd braced for. All the positives in book 1 -- the romance with James & the menace presented by Alice -- were tossed aside in favor of cliched insta-love, a dishrag love interest, a bimbo heroine with no sense of constancy to anyone. Everything positive simply evaporates. Where was the Victorian setting? Where was her "beloved" James? Why don't we see Alice doing anything dangerous? Saying it over & over doesn't make her scary. And what the hell are Lia's powers, anyway?! *awkward silence* ....Okay, I have no idea. Everyone keeps repeating how she's so strong & powerful & wise, but I don't see it. All she does is whine about her difficult life & drool over Dimitri. As for the villains... *shakes head* Lia is continually amazed that Satan's minions would try to confuse her sense of reality. Really? If you're battling a spiritual apocalypse, you'd suppose such underhanded tactics to be a matter of course. But nope. The least glimpse of Lia's dead brother or some magical beast sends her wandering off yet again, at which point her escorts have to stop her from unleashing the end of the world. Classy. The sort of high-tech trickery Lia repeatedly falls for. Between Lia's dumbness & Dimitri's EPIC perfection, their vomit-inducing romance had me searching for my Mary-Sue puke bucket. Dimitri is exhausting in his dullness. He's wrapped in a fabulous cloak of Gary Stu perfection, thereby ensuring his powers are continually revealed as more awesome than the day before. There's nothing he can't do -- apparently because he's sworn himself in service to Lia's oh-so-important role in defeating...some kind of evil that's never completely explained by anyone. See? EPIC! :D So what does Lia & Dimitri's awe-inspiring fated wuv mean for the spiritual apocalypse? Not a damn thing. Two books into this trilogy & we've seen nothing of the True Evil(tm) in store for humanity if the Souls take over. How they repeatedly fall to these brainiacs o' goodness & light, who knows. My guess is bad management. Perhaps Samael's Souls should increase their telephone polls before barging into this spiritual plane? Klingons hate bad YA trilogies.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    I’m going to get the negative out of the way first, and I think I am one of the only people who feel this way and I offer humble apologies to Michelle in advance. The Negative: I hate this cover. I hate the new covers. I loved the original cover for Prophecy of the Sisters and I thought it added so much to the feel of the story itself and had I not already known how much I loved the first book I NEVER would have picked up the books AT ALL had they the covers they have now. I might even go so far I’m going to get the negative out of the way first, and I think I am one of the only people who feel this way and I offer humble apologies to Michelle in advance. The Negative: I hate this cover. I hate the new covers. I loved the original cover for Prophecy of the Sisters and I thought it added so much to the feel of the story itself and had I not already known how much I loved the first book I NEVER would have picked up the books AT ALL had they the covers they have now. I might even go so far as to say I loathe these new covers. And I don’t mean to hurt feelings, I just don’t think they fit the story being told one bit. My one saving grace is that I was lucky enough to get an ARC at the Teen Author Carnival in NYC (where I got to meet Michelle in person – finally!) and the cover isn’t anything like this. It’s just black with viney-swirls on it and much more appealing to me. So, there’s my rant on the covers. And now on to the better part of the review – like how much I adore this series. The Positive: Guardian of the Gate is the sequel to Prophecy of the Sisters, which was haunting and gothic and suspenseful and beautiful. The first thing that struck me with the second book was how beautifully Michelle writes. I had forgotten how much I loved the writing style in PoS as I have read many books since, but once I picked up this book I got the same feeling I had reading the first one. I can’t even describe the feeling, it’s like being underwater and seeing a rainbow and silk red ribbons all flowing in the breeze. That won’t make sense to you but it’s a mish-mash of that to me. I did not find this book as suspenseful as the first. I was not on the edge of my seat the entire time ready to jump out of my skin at the next creepy surprise but there was this connection to the adventure and the quest to reach the secret island. Mostly I just loved the dialogue and the description – and I HATE description! I like where this series was taken and where it is going. There were a couple of “reveals” that I guessed fairly early on, but it wasn’t off-putting at all. I tend to have decent hunches about books and movies so it wasn’t something that was glaringly obvious pretending to be foreshadowing. I was pretty proud of my correct hunches though, I’ll tell you. This book was also as beautiful on the inside as the first one was. I was worried about that what with the cover changes and all. Also? The ARC I had smelled wonderful! Sort of sweet like candy mixed with book. I don’t know what glue they used for binding it, but it just made the book all that much better for me. I sometimes read with my nose it would seem. I am rather sad that I have another year to wait for the third (and final?) book. Michelle Zink is now a 100% auto-buy author for me. Sequels are always tricky, but she kept up the beauty of the writing and the story in this second book and therefore passed the test. Her way with words is like a painting coming to life. Brilliant. (HA! HA! I just noticed in my review of PoS I ended with a mention that Michelle might just have become an auto-buy author for me! I guess I just fulfilled my OWN prophecy!)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    Guardian of the Gate is the following up to Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters. In this installment, we follow Lia as she searches for the missing pages to help her end the prophecy. She travels with her two companions and keys, Sonia & Luisa to Altus, a safe haven for the Sisters to meet her Aunt Abigail. She discovers much about herself, love, & betrayal. Guardian of the Gate moves us closer to a final showdown between Lia & Alice. I can't wait to see what comes next! (edited bc I caught a Guardian of the Gate is the following up to Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters. In this installment, we follow Lia as she searches for the missing pages to help her end the prophecy. She travels with her two companions and keys, Sonia & Luisa to Altus, a safe haven for the Sisters to meet her Aunt Abigail. She discovers much about herself, love, & betrayal. Guardian of the Gate moves us closer to a final showdown between Lia & Alice. I can't wait to see what comes next! (edited bc I caught a misspelling today)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alia Ros

    *Slams the book close* OMG I'm having mixed emotions right now, I just really wanted to finish this book. So i just went through a few pages. Couldn't help it. Omg I don't know where to start, I mean I think I would totally got a better understanding if I read the first book but since I didn't have it I Thought this would do. But nope nuuh This book I'm sorry to say but was quite boring, I've been stretching the time of reading it for almost a month! Dude thats the longest ive left a book I think *Slams the book close* OMG I'm having mixed emotions right now, I just really wanted to finish this book. So i just went through a few pages. Couldn't help it. Omg I don't know where to start, I mean I think I would totally got a better understanding if I read the first book but since I didn't have it I Thought this would do. But nope nuuh This book I'm sorry to say but was quite boring, I've been stretching the time of reading it for almost a month! Dude thats the longest ive left a book I think. There was way too much talking. And it was that in every page. And let's not even talk HOW COULD SHE LEAVE JAMES LIKE THAT! Like???? Dude ur w Dmitri now but then u hear ur sis is cozying up w James u be like that? Dude u left him!!! And the ending! OMG I dont even wanna find out anymore... I suffered through this book but still the ending isnt there?!!?! I'm so disappointed that it couldnt just end here, I dont think i could go through that anymore... Well best of luck to those whose gonna start reading it! Don't change ur mind bcoz of this, this was just not my cup of tea. Enjoyy :D

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carina

    This book started out ok (although it wasn't great) but then it really started to go downhill fast. I was expecting so much more from this book after reading the first one in the series but overall I found myself very disappointed. The big reason I didn't like this book so much was due to the new love interest, Dimitri Markov, who was introduced. Very quickly, an unnecessary and forced romance developed. I was so angry at Lia for not staying loyal to James! He was everything that Lia had wanted a This book started out ok (although it wasn't great) but then it really started to go downhill fast. I was expecting so much more from this book after reading the first one in the series but overall I found myself very disappointed. The big reason I didn't like this book so much was due to the new love interest, Dimitri Markov, who was introduced. Very quickly, an unnecessary and forced romance developed. I was so angry at Lia for not staying loyal to James! He was everything that Lia had wanted and she threw it all away for this pretty boy!!! I also didn't know what Lia saw in Dimitri other than his good looks, his charm, and the fact that she felt that she had 'somehow known him her entire life'. Ugh can someone please gag me now? I may not have minded this romance so much if it hadn't been for the fact that it overpowered some of the other major points in the book which I may have enjoyed a lot more. I was also disappointed because I was hoping this book would focus more on Lia and Sonia trying to find the missing keys and come closer to understanding and finishing off the prophecy for good, but instead Sonia becomes 'possessed' by the Souls, they travel to some freaking island, Lia gets all huggy-kissy with Dimitri and only at the end do the more major points of the prophecy come into the story. So after all of that, I still thought the book was pretty decent. Zink's descriptions are truly spellbinding at times and I love her writing for that, but I feel that all the potential that this sequel once had was wasted in the form of unnecessary romance and a lack of focus on more of the key plot points. I'll most likely read the last book in this series so that I will know how exactly it ends but I'm probably not going to spend my hard earned money on it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Brooke

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lia knows it’s essential to find the missing pages of the prophecy her and her twin sister are woven into. With Alice still aligning herself with the darkness, Lia is working towards ending the prophecy and closing the gateway to hell on earth before the need consumes her. With two human key’s missing and pages of important text missing, Lia goes on a quest that takes her to the mystical city of Altus, home to her magical bloodline, of the Sisters who know her cause, and the protective, yet auth Lia knows it’s essential to find the missing pages of the prophecy her and her twin sister are woven into. With Alice still aligning herself with the darkness, Lia is working towards ending the prophecy and closing the gateway to hell on earth before the need consumes her. With two human key’s missing and pages of important text missing, Lia goes on a quest that takes her to the mystical city of Altus, home to her magical bloodline, of the Sisters who know her cause, and the protective, yet authoritative Brothers of the Grigori. *Note: Slight spoilers on future romantic entanglements—YOU’VE BEEN WARNED* Sequel to the fantastic “Prophecy of the Sisters”, “Guardian of the Gate” does not disappoint. I devoured this book. It’s been a while since I read “Prophecy…”, so I was a bit worried about jumping into this. Thankfully, the transition between “Prophecy” and “Guardian of the Gate” was pretty seamless. Where the first book was based heavily on character development and setting, “Guardian of the Gate” was purely story driven. The action/adventure elements were present throughout but were never over done to the point where I would usually start skimming. Like the first book in this trilogy, it read like a movie—I could see the scenes in my head. The writing style is a lyrical as “Prophecy…” and the romantic scenes between Lia and Grigori Dmitri are perfect. The emotions Lia faces when thinking of James, the beau Lia left to save him from her troubles, and Dmitri, the protective companion who willingly accepts to stay by her side, are realistically portrayed and believable to the reader. Overall, I really enjoyed “Guardian of the Gate”. It is a page-turner you’ll want to clear an afternoon for. “Guardian of the Gate” hits store shelves August 2010, but you can pre-order it online or at your local bookstore now! More Reviews at http://brookesboxofbooks.blogspot.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gerasimos Reads

    What a disappointment. I really like the idea of this series and I love the characters. The first book was pretty good, actually. It was slow, but the beautiful atmosphere and mystery kept me reading. But this book was so boring. Everyone was talking about doing something, rather than doing it. The characters did nothing more than talking, walking, riding horses, talking and walking. Which is sad because this series is filled with beautiful unique ideas, and a gothic atmosphere that I love. The i What a disappointment. I really like the idea of this series and I love the characters. The first book was pretty good, actually. It was slow, but the beautiful atmosphere and mystery kept me reading. But this book was so boring. Everyone was talking about doing something, rather than doing it. The characters did nothing more than talking, walking, riding horses, talking and walking. Which is sad because this series is filled with beautiful unique ideas, and a gothic atmosphere that I love. The ideas in this book were even better than the ideas of the first. The characters were well developed and the love story was interesting. But the plot was lacking. The last few pages were really good, though. I hope that the third book will be better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I would give Guardian of the Gate 2.5 stars. I have mixed feelings about this book. While I didn't altogether dislike it, I was disappointed in the direction this one took. One thing I enjoyed about The Prophecy of the Sisters was that it was set in the 19th century. In this book, we pretty much leave that behind. Most of the book is spent traveling through a forest and then on an Island in an in-between reality called Altus. It's so far removed from the surroundings and feeling of the first book I would give Guardian of the Gate 2.5 stars. I have mixed feelings about this book. While I didn't altogether dislike it, I was disappointed in the direction this one took. One thing I enjoyed about The Prophecy of the Sisters was that it was set in the 19th century. In this book, we pretty much leave that behind. Most of the book is spent traveling through a forest and then on an Island in an in-between reality called Altus. It's so far removed from the surroundings and feeling of the first book that I had a hard time liking this part of the book. I dislike the fact that Alice and James were hardly in the book at all. I feel like we are told that Alice is sinister a little too much, instead of being shown that she is. This was a complaint I had about the first book as well. And what about James, did Lia ever really love him? Could he not have gone after her to find her? Or how about Lia trying to protect James from Alice, why doesn't she? One thing I liked about her relationship with James was that it seemed mature and rooted in their past history. It was believable. They truly seemed to love and respect each other. I realize she is 16, and most 16 year olds don't know who they really love, but it was disappointing that she jumped into a romance with Dimitri all too easily. A romance that is passionate, but not rooted in anything as she hardly knows him. There is one point where Lia realizes that there is another path she can take other than the stuffy 19th century ways of her world. True, the 19th century was overly strict and repressive to women in many ways, but there is a lot in between 19th century ways and the ways of Altus. She certainly doesn't have to throw everything that she has believed her whole life out the window. Is it because on Altus it's viewed as okay? It does bring to mind these questions though. Is something okay just because others think it is? What makes something right or wrong? I'm wondering what message the author will convey in the next book. I don't expect Lia to be perfect but I feel like Lia succumbs far too easily to it all and completely loses her head. Not to mention the fact that she starts kissing Dmitri passionately before they ever get there. She hardly knows Dimitri, yet she is kissing him like she never kissed James, and is willing to do more. It's Dimitri who stops her and says he respects the culture and rules of her world. I'm really getting tired of YA books where the female characters are so weak when it comes to hot looking guys and intoxicating kisses. I also found it a little inconsistent too, because in one part of the book she seems to be completely smitten by Dmitri and is willing to go all the way with him, but at a couple of other points in the book she thinks of James. Maybe it is an attempt to show that she is torn between her feelings for both of them, but it just makes her seem shallow to me. As of the end of the book Lia hasn't decided what path her life will take. She hasn't made any life changing decisions about how she will live her life, whether it be according to 19th century ways, or the hedonistic ways of Altus. I haven't decided if I will read the next book yet either. On a side note, I really liked the original cover to Prophecy of the Sisters much better than the one they are using now. It would have been nice to see what this cover would have looked like if they had kept the statue theme.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mateja

    This book was so good. I am emotionally exhausted after reading it. I truly think this whole series has the best thought out and written plot of all the series that I've read. The storytelling is beautiful and so realistic my stomach was clenching from nerves the entire time. Some of the situations that Lia was in were so hopeless I didn't think she would make it. The book has a lot more romance than the previous one. Always a big plus. While I found myself wanting to shout at James in book one t This book was so good. I am emotionally exhausted after reading it. I truly think this whole series has the best thought out and written plot of all the series that I've read. The storytelling is beautiful and so realistic my stomach was clenching from nerves the entire time. Some of the situations that Lia was in were so hopeless I didn't think she would make it. The book has a lot more romance than the previous one. Always a big plus. While I found myself wanting to shout at James in book one to kiss Lia like he means it society rules be damned, I’m happy that Dimitri didn’t need any such encouragement. He just went for what he wanted, including Lia. That boy is a serious eye candy. And when I read the words he said to Lia when he came to her rescue at the river I went “awwwww”. He is so sweet, but also capable of kicking ass when needed. I loved the time Dimitri and Lia spent on the island of Altus. So romantic. I never wanted them to leave. There's also betrayal in Guardian of the Gate, from the one person I least expected. We were told in the first book that the Souls can reach out to Lia through anyone in her life, but I never imagined in what a horrifying way and I didn’t see it coming at all. There is still a lot to be accomplished before the prophecy ends so I expect Circle of Fire to be equally, if not even more, intense. Can’t wait.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    Review missing here as well, I remember that this book was a big disappointment after the first one. I didn't like the whole change in rhythm, characters, society, and the relationship between Alice and Lia. Review missing here as well, I remember that this book was a big disappointment after the first one. I didn't like the whole change in rhythm, characters, society, and the relationship between Alice and Lia.

  11. 5 out of 5

    A.C. Lillywhite

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was so impressed with the first book, so I'm sad to admit I was a bit disappointed with this second installment. Here's my problem with it; the plot is great, solid, interesting and still shrouded in mystery despite the main character's best efforts to figure everything out, then there's this awesome romance in the second book, which was delicious... except that the main focus shifted from the awesome plot to the awesome romance and then nothing really devastating or interesting happened with I was so impressed with the first book, so I'm sad to admit I was a bit disappointed with this second installment. Here's my problem with it; the plot is great, solid, interesting and still shrouded in mystery despite the main character's best efforts to figure everything out, then there's this awesome romance in the second book, which was delicious... except that the main focus shifted from the awesome plot to the awesome romance and then nothing really devastating or interesting happened with the romance. The conflict in the plot got way more complicated, but because I was so wrapped up in the romance it just didn't feel like there was much at risk anymore. I didn't feel like there was any opposition, because all my emotions were diverted to the romance, which was opposition-less. It went just great through the whole book. Started great, got better, got really good for a second there, then stayed awesome and the book was over. The result was a lack of conflict or what felt like a lack of conflict to me. If something tragic had happened with regard to Dimitri then it would have made the imminence of the prophecy that much more devastating and would have ended the book with the same south-paw jab to the eye that the first one did. Killing the little brother was brilliant. Killing Dimitri would not have been a good idea, because it was kind of done with the brother, but there are other ways to incite devastation. I feel like she's totally safe as long as Dimitri is looking out for her and Lia should not be safe. She's got unnumbered legions of evil vying for her destruction. Dimitri is a body-guard. He should complicate things and make it harder for Lia, not soften the blows. Sonia's betrayal was really well done, I didn't see it coming and it helped to crack Lia's already fragile state a little more, but like I said, it wasn't crushing because Dimitri was right there to help... maybe it would have felt like there was more going on and more conflict if Lia had been truly crushed, rather than just bruised. He doesn't ride in to rescue her at the end, but it sure felt like he did. I want to see Lia rescue herself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hafsah Faizal

    The second book in Michelle Zink's series was just as unputdownable as the first. The Guardian of the Gate was a fast-paced read in which Lia continues her journey to end The Prophecy of the Sisters forever. Its not as easy as it seems, especially when your biggest enemy is your very own twin. Lia still resides in London, an ocean away from her heartless sister Alice, who lives in New York. Yet, even an ocean apart, Alice knows every action Lia takes, because of her use of forbidden magic. Alice The second book in Michelle Zink's series was just as unputdownable as the first. The Guardian of the Gate was a fast-paced read in which Lia continues her journey to end The Prophecy of the Sisters forever. Its not as easy as it seems, especially when your biggest enemy is your very own twin. Lia still resides in London, an ocean away from her heartless sister Alice, who lives in New York. Yet, even an ocean apart, Alice knows every action Lia takes, because of her use of forbidden magic. Alice has gone out of control, the Grigori (the rule-makers of the Otherworlds) nor the Souls (whom Alice is working in content with, and whom Lia is trying to defeat) can stop her. After the surprising arrival of her Aunt Virginia, Edmund, and her friend Louisa, Lia begins her journey from London to the hidden island of Altus. She leaves her father's trusted friend, a detective, in charge of finding the missing keys to the Prophecy, while she sets out with Edmund and Louisa to retrieve the missing pages that will instruct Lia in ending the Prophecy of the Sisters once and for all. Its not as sad as The Prophecy of the Sisters, and I nearly gave it four stars for lack of suspense towards the end, but the last 7 pages made a huge difference when Lia encounters Alice one last time before the story ends. As I read through The Guardian of the Gate, I really felt every emotion. I could almost see the breath-taking island of Altus right before my eyes. I love the way Michelle Zink states all the details simply, yet so clearly and well-defined. I also like how the ending ties the whole story together, as Lia looks forward to bringing an end to The Prophecy that has troubled generations of Sisters before her.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Asma

    As the final battle in the prophecy nears, twin sisters Lia and Alice prepare themselves to what to come. As Alice rallies the Souls and becomes stronger, Lia travels to London in hopes of finding a way to stop the prophecy. But the Souls prove more persistent than Lia has ever imagined. Even as she struggles with her frail friendship, entangling herself in Sisterhood politics, they Souls are bent on thwarting her already difficult mission. I loved the first book. It set the grounds for what the As the final battle in the prophecy nears, twin sisters Lia and Alice prepare themselves to what to come. As Alice rallies the Souls and becomes stronger, Lia travels to London in hopes of finding a way to stop the prophecy. But the Souls prove more persistent than Lia has ever imagined. Even as she struggles with her frail friendship, entangling herself in Sisterhood politics, they Souls are bent on thwarting her already difficult mission. I loved the first book. It set the grounds for what the story is and what to expect in the next book- and I was expecting some additional info about the prophecy. But I was really disappointed. I felt detached from the characters and what was happening through out the book. I just couldn't connect with Lia, and really, I question her sudden romance. And really, there was too much of the romance in the story that the prophecy part took a back seat and out of the picture for some time. I felt that the book focused too much on irrelevant things, and left many things out, that should be important. What's Lia's powers? Couldn't Dmitri, or really any of the sisters on the island, teach her instead of throwing a party? It's just... the scenes really didn't fit with the situations. Also, in some parts the writing style was a bit awkward and repetitive. It's only towards the last few pages that I got into it, but by then I was really frustrated. I still want to know how it'll end, but I just hope the next book is more focused.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I'm being a little generous with this, as it's really a 2.5-star book, in large part because it suffers from series-itis: if you haven't read Book One, it will take you a while to get into Book Two (and I hadn't read Book One). The plot is rather simplistic - battle between Good and Evil, set in vaguely Victorian era London. There's a Prophecy, and twins (Lia and Alice) who appear to be on different sides yet completely linked by this Prophecy. Book Two is largely concerned with a trip to a myst I'm being a little generous with this, as it's really a 2.5-star book, in large part because it suffers from series-itis: if you haven't read Book One, it will take you a while to get into Book Two (and I hadn't read Book One). The plot is rather simplistic - battle between Good and Evil, set in vaguely Victorian era London. There's a Prophecy, and twins (Lia and Alice) who appear to be on different sides yet completely linked by this Prophecy. Book Two is largely concerned with a trip to a mysterious island, Altus, and the retrieval of missing pages from the Prophecy. The other reason that I wanted to give the book 2.5 stars was because of Altus. It feels like a rip-off of the Avalon imagined by Marion Zimmer Bradley in The Mists of Avalon, and part of me resented that. It may have been intended as an hommage, or an unconscious similarity, but... if you loved the original, you may be equally bothered. ARC provided by publisher.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    1.5 stars. Just before I came across with Prophecy of the Sisters, I had just read L J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight and IT'S SO AWFUL THAT I CAN'T BRING MYSELF TO FINISH IT. Prophecy of the Sisters was a welcomed change from the awful continuity that is The Vampire Diaries (seriously Miss Smith, you should have ended the series with book 4 ). However, Prophecy of the Sisters as a stand-alone read,still isn't that much of a satisfying works. But I'm willing to give its sequel 1.5 stars. Just before I came across with Prophecy of the Sisters, I had just read L J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight and IT'S SO AWFUL THAT I CAN'T BRING MYSELF TO FINISH IT. Prophecy of the Sisters was a welcomed change from the awful continuity that is The Vampire Diaries (seriously Miss Smith, you should have ended the series with book 4 ). However, Prophecy of the Sisters as a stand-alone read,still isn't that much of a satisfying works. But I'm willing to give its sequel The Guardian of the Gate a try, to see how things will work out in said sequel. Starts from the very beginning, it's quite obviously that the publisher of the Prophecy of the Sisters series: Little, Brown & Co. wants to paint Miss Zink as the next 'ordinary-housewife-turned-best-seller-wonder' after Stephenie Meyer, another author from the same publisher, who gained such a massive financial success with her Twilight series. To be fair, Miss Zink is a better author than Stephenie Meyer---although it still doesn't say much, a lot, I mean a lot of authors are better authors than Stephenie Meyer, though I still feel sorry for Miss Zink having to be compared with Meyer, the comparsion isn't even necessary. Although I know that tons of first timer authors came up with wonderful debut novels, but instead of going shoulder to shoulder with those other first timers who wrote satisfying debut works; Prophecy of the Sisters and Guardian of the Gate only show us Miss Zink's shortcoming, instead of demonstrating her strength as an author. Guardian of the Gate opens with Lia and her friends: Sonia, Luisa, and Edmund, trusted companion of Lia's late father, trying to uncover the remaining lost Keys and the lost pages of the Book of Chaos, in order to stop her evil twin Alice from destroying the world. There's nothing wrong with the setup above, but what I found really frustrating is the fact that the entire book is wasted on just finding the lost pages, and they didn't even come close to find the two lost Keys. In fact the plot of finding the two lost Keys is simply dropped aside in Guardian of the Gate when Miss Zink had made such a big deal about finding the lost Keys in the previous book. Oh god, so we need an entire book for the characters to wander around searching for some missing pages of a book, without doing anything else, what a terrible direction for plot development. In the middle of Lia's quest, the trio encountered a guy called Dimitri, who Lia only saw once before in some meeting. The second Dimitri reappeared, I started suspecting he's a spy; but very disappointingly, Lia and Co. accepted Dimitri almost at once, without any doubt or suspicion. Not one of them had any second thought about the guy's motive! How anticlimactic! I'm not sure what Miss Zink tried to proof by adding Dimitri, but I really see no reason for Lia and Co. to trust him so quickly, especially when they all knew their enemy's agents are everywhere to get them?. As to the heroine Lia, she is okay, but I still don't know much about her even after two books went by. I still don't know if she has any hobby or interest outside of getting marry. Even though she is the 'good' twin and she cares about the people around her, still she appears to be quite weak-willed when facing her evil twin sister. As the heroine, Lia needs to show her strength, but to the end of the book she's hardly getting any stronger, nor wiser. In fact in book 2 she's the one who needed to be rescued and cared for, various times. She's given hardly a chance to proof herself; but other people keep on telling her she's stronger than she gives herself credit of? Oh please Miss Zink, where did the 'show, not tell' principle go? On the other hand, Alice is........barely there in book 2, when she showed up she only went spying on her sister and leaving behind some smartass threats. As a villain Alice went through no character development, she's getting boring and shallow, poor thing. Back to Dimitri, the next thing we knew he became Lia's trusted person and the two were falling in love. Wait, so now Lia didn't love her boyfriend James anymore? Honestly, the Dimitri/Lia development might not be that big of a surprise. As you might notice, despite how often Lia claimed to love James and want nothing but to marry him; she always shoved James aside and never told him anything in book 1. Then she abandoned him entirely in book 2, without even bothered to leave the poor guy a warning: "Hey James, be careful with Alice! She's evil and she wants to hurt you, just to get back at me!!" instead Lia left the poor guy at Alice's mercy--when she knew fully well what Alice was capable of. Do we really need any more evidents to know that Lia didn't love/care about James much? When Lia and Co. reached the magical island where the previous Prophecy Sisters kept themselves hidden from the outside world, and we learned that the Sisters were kind of like a secret order, or a small community of magicians and psychics. The idea is fine, but somehow we also learned that Lia will one day be the ruler/queen of said magical island. Oh, so the shy, quiet girl is going to be queen and everyone notices how important, wonderful and special she really is. It's so not wish fulfillment. Talks about wish fulfillment, Dimitri is being painted as the handsome, understanding, protective boyfriend, viewing Lia as a queen and treating her as such. Looks like he's pretty much a typical unrealistic dreamboat with no real flaw. Shallow character, I dare say. The historical and mythical context is once again not there. I wanted to ask, if the Sisters shared such strong connection with the fallen angels and they might well make The End of the World come true, then why on earth the Vatican didn't try to interfere? It's quite difficult to believe the Church would be entirely unaware of the Sisters' existence through out history. I mean, hey! We're talking about The End of the World here! If someone is to have inside information about it, it'd be the Vatican definitely! So why it's never explained that why the existence of the Prophecy, the Sisters and their community are never noticed by those powerful religious organizations out there? Plus, why no one ever seems to have considered killing the Gatekeeper at birth? Especially when she's so much a threat to humankind!? It's one of the logical, if immoral, actions people could preform in order to prevent The End of the World, you know! Despite of the action scenes at the end of Guardian of the Gate, it seems there's no real threat in book 2. At least In book 1, Satan, or whatever his name is, actually bothered to chase after Lia in the otherworld, but this time around the guy only sent his foot soldiers to hunt Lia down. How frightening can it be? In the end, we are also informed that some other Gatekeepers in the past had already leaked Satan's supporters into the Earth. So what's the point of Lia being the one and only Gatekeeper who could open the Gate and let Satan and Co. in, when other Gatekeepers had already leaked evil spirits into the world already? Which theory should we believe in now? Can anyone tell me!? The ending is........another huge disappointment, there's no final show down; instead the characters ran from one scene to another like kids playing hide and seek. Again too many things left unexplained and unanswered, too big of a "Wait for the Next Book!" sign is being hanged on the last page, to a point I feel Guardian of the Gate is pretty much just yet another middle book that stretches the plot for no good reason. The Final Words: If you can overlook the plot holes, the obvious exhaustion of creativity and flat characters, you might be okay with Guardian of the Gate.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rinoa Heartilly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILERS INCOMING. I MEAN IT. ... You have been warned. ... So, I hated this book. I really, really, with all my heart HATED it. Ugh. Did I mention how much I hate this book? To anyone who read the first book and thought it was bad, this is worse. Like, 10 times worse. Like New Moon was to Twilight. Okay, maybe I should now start the hate-filled review. This is our plot: -Sonia and Lia sit on their asses for 8 months in London -James leaves Lia but she gets a new toyboy after 5 seconds and they're SUPER SPOILERS INCOMING. I MEAN IT. ... You have been warned. ... So, I hated this book. I really, really, with all my heart HATED it. Ugh. Did I mention how much I hate this book? To anyone who read the first book and thought it was bad, this is worse. Like, 10 times worse. Like New Moon was to Twilight. Okay, maybe I should now start the hate-filled review. This is our plot: -Sonia and Lia sit on their asses for 8 months in London -James leaves Lia but she gets a new toyboy after 5 seconds and they're SUPER SPECIAL IN LOVE 4 EVA -They go to Altus with the secondary characters I cared even less about than the main characters (somewhere along the line, Sonia snaps, but it's not really important) -they sit on their asses in Altus for an unspecified time -Lia finds the pages whose search the book was actually supposed to be about in the last 20 pages or so Seems fascinating, doesn't it? Yes, that was sarcasm. It really is sleep-inducingly, terribly boring. What I hate the most about Zink's books is her main character, Lia. Actually, I don't hate her; I just can get myself to care about her. I feel like I don't know her, even though she is our narrator. Does she have any interests? Any personality traits? None to be found. All throughout this book and the last one, I was wishing for a more interesting main character. Really, I bet Edmund would've been more interesting. Alice, surely. Virginia, surely. Sonia and Luisa probably too. If I can't feel any connection to the protagonist, how am I to feel invested in the book? I am loathe to admit it, but Bella and Clary would've been more interesting. At least I feel something (pure and utter hatred) towards them. I also feel like we should've spent more time with Alice. For the fact that they are sisters and Alice now wants to kill Lia, Lia doesn't seem to mind much. Actually, she doesn't seem to care much about anything. Her mother died, her father died, her sister kind of killed her little brother, her boyfriend (after 8 months of not having heard anything from her) finally breaks up with her and she reacts with the literary equivalence of a shrug. No, not even a shrug. More like a blank stare. When Sonia inevitably betrays her out of nowhere, she is shocked for like 2 pages and after that, their oh so close friendship is seemingly non-existant. Hello? Lia? Are you awake? Oh, that's right, you've been for 3 days. Another absolutely ridiculous plot point. Dimitri is our lovely Lia's new love-interest and after having talked to her once and stalked her for about a day, he is utterly smitten by her... Beautiful personality. Boy, I'd really like to get to know that too. She is also in love after he has professed his. They make out. Sometimes. Yay, more pages dedicated to something else than the plot! Although I do have to say that they are kind of made for each other. Dimitri is exactly as devoid of personality as Lia is. All he ever does is love Lia 4 EVA. After about 10 minutes with him, Lia has forgotten all about James (surprising, I know), only to think about him again after already having been Dimitri's girlfriend for about 200 pages. HUH? Another thing I have to mention is Altus. I guess it's Zink's twist on the whole Avalon myth (how smart, calling it something else!). For being so important to the story (somehow, it was really important for them to get there after having done nothing in London for the last 8 months and Lia also talks to her grandma/aunt/Ihaveforgotten about the missing pages), it's not really described very well. I get that there are new clothes and that women and men can be together without society coming in between, but what about the scenery? If you enter a completely new location, something completely different, I want it to look, smell, sound different. I want the place to contrast the one you came from, I want it to breathe, I want to able to imagine it without having to make use of generic Narnia/LOTR scenery. You have to enchant me if it's such a beautiful place that Lia is enchanted, else I won't be able to emphatize or to care. The plot. There is not really one until the last 40 pages, or rather, nothing of importance happens until the aforementioned. I think you could just pick up the third after the first and wouldn't really have missed anything. Also, for being bad at French, Lia sure does speak it perfectly fine when confronted with that little boy. ...Huh? I was half convinced to give this book 2 stars because it wasn't terribly written and also didn't give me nightmares like Breaking Dawn did. Up until the acknowledgements. Yes, you read right. THE F%&$§%& ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (I do read them every time, sometimes they are really funny, like in Another Faust, but that's a different story). Here, lovely Mrs. Zink says something along the lines of "And thanks to all the reviewers who gave my books positive reviews. Your opinion is the only one that counts and I shit on everyone else's." Ok, that was a little exaggerated. But it sure does read like that. For anyone who now thinks "So what? She's thankful to those who liked her books.": Sure. And that's perfectly fine. It's also not the thing that aggravates me, but the way she calls all the people who didn't like her books unimportant. Because those opinions do matter. Negative reviews, in a way, help the author much more than praising ones. Obviously not the ones that read like "STOOPID BOOK. ME NO LIKEY.", but constructive criticism has a reason. Authors can look at those reviews and learn what they might've done better. Of course they can disagree with what has been written and they are not obligated to change everything (or anything) about their style, as there will never be the perfect book that everyone likes. Authors write for their certain literary niche and that is alright. But to just call the criticism unimportant... To just turn a blind eye to all of those that are not in love with your books... I suppose I can understand why she does it, after all, her books sell and that is probably all that matters to her, but to my mind, you have to at least acknowledge that there are people who (rightly, if I might add my subjective opinion) criticize your books/characters and that they are entitled to their opinion. That their opinion matters just as much as that of the fans. Summed up: really, Zink. Not cool.

  17. 4 out of 5

    saguaros

    2.5 stars. Lia and Sonia have been in London for nine months now. They are getting ready to travel to Altus, the mystical island where Lia's aunt will tell them where to find the Prophecy's missing pages. These pages are important to Lia, as they are suppose to tell her how to end the Prophecy and defeat her sister Alice. They are soon joined by Edmond and Luisa and leave on the perilous journey to Altus. They are joined and helped by Dimitri, a boy Lia finds herself attracted to. They are pursue 2.5 stars. Lia and Sonia have been in London for nine months now. They are getting ready to travel to Altus, the mystical island where Lia's aunt will tell them where to find the Prophecy's missing pages. These pages are important to Lia, as they are suppose to tell her how to end the Prophecy and defeat her sister Alice. They are soon joined by Edmond and Luisa and leave on the perilous journey to Altus. They are joined and helped by Dimitri, a boy Lia finds herself attracted to. They are pursued by Hounds and face betrayal within their ranks. It is a long way to Altus and an even longer way to the missing pages, but Lia is determined to see her quest through and end the Prophecy once and for all. The first book of this series felt a bit gothic and was definitely intriguing, I got sucked into the Prophecy and really wanted to know more about it. The second book was, in my opinion, disappointing. Most of the book follows Lia, her two friends (and Keys to the Prophecy) Sonia and Luisa, her faithful servant Edmond, and a new powerful ally, Dimitri, on their way to Altus. The second book is more of a quest/adventure story than a gothic mystery like the first one. Still, while a bit slow, the plot moves forward steadily and more details are slowly revealed, but very few, and maybe not enough, in the end. Most of all, we are introduced to a new character and love interest, Dimitri. Now, if you have read my reviews or my book blog for a while you know I am highly critical of love stories in YA fiction, but I am not immune to them. I like them when they are well written. This was not one of them. It was one of those almost-love-at-first-sight-I-trust-you-almost-immediately-I-don't-know-why-but-you-bring-me-such-comfort-and-I-feel-safe-with-you relationship. It had almost immediate making out sessions by campfire light, even though this is suppose to be the 19th century. Oh I'm sure people still made out in those times in secret even though it was considered improper. After all, all those stereotypes about quiet gardeners and sexy stable boys must have come from somewhere, but really? It was not written in a believable fashion. Not to me anyway. I was rolling my eyes so hard, I gave myself a headache. Not only that, but Dimitri? He was boring. Look, he was a nice guy, and I like nice guys. They are not present enough in YA fiction. But they are also hard to write. He had no personality. He was brave and strong and loved Lia unconditionally almost immediately. He was ready to die for her, right there and then. He was so much about her, he was the male equivalent of all those empty females characters you see in Hollywood movies that are there to help the hero on their way and offer them emotional support, but have no real life of their own. That said the love story did not take over the whole plot, which is a good thing. Lia did keep her eyes on her goals, and never really forgot her purpose or quest. In my review of the first book, I presumed I would love Lia more in the sequels, and I was partly right. I did not dislike her, but I was indifferent to her for most of the book. It is only toward the end, when she is finally on her own, that she shows how strong she can be, and in those moments, I really liked her. My favourite characters were still Luisa and Sonia, although their relationship with Lia was obscured by Dimitri, and I would have much prefered if their bond had been more at the forefront of the story like it was in the first book. This series is told from Lia's first point of view, but I think, for me, it would have been much better if it had been told from a third-person point of view. It could still focused on Lia, but it would have been nice to have some insight into other characters once in a while. For example, Alice is almost absent from this novel, because Lia and her are no longer together. But Alice is such an interesting character, and through the novel all the characters kept mentioning how powerful she was becoming, how evil and determined, but we never saw it truly. It would have been nice to have some chapters from her point of view. Since this is a story about a Prophecy between two sisters on opposing sides, it would have been nice to see both sides. It really made me realize how important the choice of point-of-view in a story can be. In spite of its fault, though, I really really want to know how the whole story ends. The whole mythology atround the Prophecy is interesting and characters are changing and evolving and I think it will still be entertaining to read the last book, Circle of Fire, coming out this August.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shesten Melder

    Plot Sketch: In this second-of-three novel, Michelle Zink continues her tale of Lia and Alice, the twins that were born at odds: one with a mission to usher Samael into this world (the gate) and the other to ensure it does not happen (the guardian). Only problem is, they were born in a Caesarian birth in the late 1800s, and they were excised from the womb in the wrong order, causing their natures to conflict with their missions. PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS leaves us with Lia taking a journey to find Plot Sketch: In this second-of-three novel, Michelle Zink continues her tale of Lia and Alice, the twins that were born at odds: one with a mission to usher Samael into this world (the gate) and the other to ensure it does not happen (the guardian). Only problem is, they were born in a Caesarian birth in the late 1800s, and they were excised from the womb in the wrong order, causing their natures to conflict with their missions. PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS leaves us with Lia taking a journey to find out as much about the Prophecy as possible. GUARDIAN OF THE GATE details much of that journey and takes us through more of the sisters' fight against each other. (I can't tell you too much without spoiling either book!) Verdict: Michelle Zink is a masterful storyteller. I cannot wait for the third installment of this dark trilogy. It's very clear that Zink has honed her writing since PROPHECY (which was impeccably written to begin with) and is now a precision wordsmith. Her words weave you into this dark tale leaving you to feel every element and nearly every emotion as if you were inside the story alongside her characters. Her imagery is vivid, yet concise. Her words allow you to create your own image of the story and allow you to continually add to that image, rather than to violently force a picture that she wants you, the reader, to envision. It's brilliant. The story is beautiful yet terrifying, and strangely uplifting. Her characters are amazing, deeply layered, and surprisingly versatile. If you're looking for great YA to love and adore, I emplore you, start with PROPHECY and GUARDIAN. These take YA to a whole new level, and hold other YA authors to a much higher standard. Bravo! Location: London, mostly Main Character: Lia. Favorite Character: You know, I adore Lia. But Alice is such a devilish character and I have such a love/hate relationship with her, that she just might be my favorite. Even though I'm team Lia. Time to Finish: Having trouble tracking this lately as I'm not reading books in one sitting, but this book was one that I wanted to go back to every second of the two and a half days I read it over. Would Change: Not a thing. Even my nitpicky side that wants to find something wrong with great works can't pinpoint something I'd change about this story or this writing. Favorite Line: I think I have to change this for this review to Most Powerful Line: because it didn't make me happy, but it was super powerful and impactful: "No. He was a member of the Grigori." pg. 51, ARC. Plus the other ones I loved would be total spoilers. Good for Monster? You know, I said Prophecy would be a great read for Monster, but I've been unable to convince him to pick it up. I recommended Prophecy to a family this year, and they adored it, even after the son objected vehemently. Afterwards, he said he loved it. He was scared that it was going to be Sisterhood-of-the-Traveling-Pants-ish. It's totally not. Promise. In fact, it might be the antithesis of such books. People Who Will Like This: Victorianistas, lovers of dark gothic fiction, grammar snobs, good vs. evil ♥ers People Who Won't Like This: nyctophobics, people obsessed with comedy Chapters: 34

  19. 4 out of 5

    Small Review

    Lia Milthorpe's battle against her evil sister, the souls, and an ancient prophecy continues in this second book of the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy. Having spent the last eight months in London with Sonia, gathering her strength and honing her power, Lia is now prepared to travel to the mystical isle Ault where she will find the final pages of the prophecy. With friends, both old and new, Lia embarks on the treacherous journey while the souls dog her heels and work in secret to turn her most Lia Milthorpe's battle against her evil sister, the souls, and an ancient prophecy continues in this second book of the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy. Having spent the last eight months in London with Sonia, gathering her strength and honing her power, Lia is now prepared to travel to the mystical isle Ault where she will find the final pages of the prophecy. With friends, both old and new, Lia embarks on the treacherous journey while the souls dog her heels and work in secret to turn her most trusted allies into spies for Alice and Samael. As with the previous book in the series, I'm completely conflicted with my review. The plot is great; it is unique and contains all the right elements: Gothic vibes, mystery, suspense, tension, romance, siblings battling, prophesies, good versus evil. I should adore this series, and part of me does. So where's the problem? For me, it's the characters. I'm almost ashamed to say this because I really want to love this series. I just cannot connect with any of the characters, and it's hard for me to pin point exactly why. On the surface, I can't really complain about the characters. They're not irritating or inconsistent. Yet there is that nagging something. A distance? A blandness? Not quite developed? None seem entirely accurate, but they're as close as I can identify. Many of the characters possess only very surface level traits, making them fairly interchangeable and difficult to know fully. Whatever the cause, I found myself struggling to finish this book. The plot elements were interesting, but the pacing was inconsistent. Too much time was spent on the Avalon-clone Ault, and the attempt at a drawn out suspense surrounding a betrayal was marred by the obviousness very early on. There were exciting parts, but looking back on a summary of events makes the book seem a lot more exciting than it was while reading. The parts spent in the dream world are a lot clearer than they were in the first book, but Alice's presence was still disappointingly sparse; she is more a specter than an active player. Fans of the first book should love this follow up. More information surrounding the prophecy is gained (though it took entirely too long to get to this point, I thought) and events are set up in such a way as to promise a suspenseful showdown in the final chapter of the trilogy. For those new to the series, you must read Prophecy of the Sisters before reading Guardian of the Gate, otherwise nothing will make sense. While I'm still not completely in love with this series, I do recommend it and will definitely read the third book when it comes out. 3.5 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    In reading over other reviews of this book I noticed someone said they liked this better because it got out of the stuffy house...I guess that it was less gothic mystery and more adventure, and romance. Actually the gothic mystery element of book one is what hooked me in the first place. At times this book felt so different, as if it weren't even related. I think mostly because it was so Lia focused...Alice only appears a times...though she is as creepy as ever. I thought this book was going to In reading over other reviews of this book I noticed someone said they liked this better because it got out of the stuffy house...I guess that it was less gothic mystery and more adventure, and romance. Actually the gothic mystery element of book one is what hooked me in the first place. At times this book felt so different, as if it weren't even related. I think mostly because it was so Lia focused...Alice only appears a times...though she is as creepy as ever. I thought this book was going to go into more of the sister/sister struggle but that is more for book three it seems. I had other thoughts about where this book would go.....mystery island and steamy makeout seasons with new boy was not that direction lol but let's talk about what this book was, not what it wasn't. Lia growth as a character is pretty consistent. She was less freaked out about being on the wrong end of the prophecy and more intent on making sure she takes the steps needed to complete the task at hand...you know, saving the world and banishing the Beast. I liked that Lia doesn't really doubt herself, she doubts at times if she will succeed, but never does she doubt that she is the good one in all this....but after you meet Alice (who is still just a bit lovable in her evilness, I mean she SHOULD have more on her mind than jealousy for her sister and stirring up romantic entanglements, but it just seemed so regular sibling rivalry, something a teen sister would do if you pissed her off, that it makes Lia and Alice stay connected as sisters in your mind....not just hero and creepy bad seed) there really is no doubt that Lia is the good one. Another way this book felt different was the romance hot and heavy, modern YA feel, and less old fashioned Victorian charm. I think this might be showing how Lia is coming into her own as a Woman, and a Sister (society) in book one she was a girl and a sister (to Alice). But I was rather found of love interest one, it took a bit of time for this new guy to make an impact. Lia seems at odds with her old life and her more wild new life and role, so the love interest really help show the difference, in what her character wants and how she has changed. Mostly I think this book was about that, about Lia's growth, about her doubts, loyalties and fears. We do get a new "end the prophesy Prophesy" at the end of the book...and I have to hand it to Zink, she writes some darn mysterious prophesies...usually I am working them out before the characters but really I have no idea what any of this means lol This book felt very different than "The Prophesy of The Sisters" but not in a bad way,

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paige (Arya)

    It hasn't been long since we last saw Lia and Alice, determinedly on different sides of an ancient prophecy that could mean death and destruction for humanity. Now, Lia and the keys, Luisa and Sonia, must make a terribly dangerous journey to a mystical land in order to find out where the missing pages of the prophecy are hidden. They face horrifying dangers along the way, but nothing could prepare them for the betrayal within their own group. Even while Lia is desperately searching for a way to s It hasn't been long since we last saw Lia and Alice, determinedly on different sides of an ancient prophecy that could mean death and destruction for humanity. Now, Lia and the keys, Luisa and Sonia, must make a terribly dangerous journey to a mystical land in order to find out where the missing pages of the prophecy are hidden. They face horrifying dangers along the way, but nothing could prepare them for the betrayal within their own group. Even while Lia is desperately searching for a way to save the world as the only Angel the prophecy has seen for centuries, Alice is pulling Lia's beloved James closer and closer. Nothing seems sacred in the battle to Lia anymore, but she cannot afford worrying about James in the face of all that is happening. Luckily, a dashing young man by the name of Dimitri sweeps in as the perfect distraction. But Lia's emotions are not that simple and this exotic man along with the battle to the death she surely faces with her sister Alice only makes her realize how little she really does know about herself. Her only hope is that she can figure it all out before its too late. Guardian of the Gate is a wonderful second novel in this action packed series. Michelle Zink leaves nothing out as she continues the story of Lia and Alice in her fine and suspenseful prose. I was happy to see the added layers and new characters in the story. It made things more interesting and provided extra insight into Lia's psych. Watching her grow as a character has been a wonderful ride. I was so excited to get a copy of this book in advance, and I was not disappointed. There is so much more action, adventure, and romance fueling this second book that it is hard to even compare it to the stunning first novel. I enjoyed the new character Dimitri and all of the different facets he offered to the tale. I think he is one of my favorite characters in the series so far. Overall, Guardian of the Gate is a wonderful Gothic thriller full of everything a good novel needs. I would suggest this series to anyone, though I would not advise you to read this second book until you have read the first. I cannot wait until the third novel is released! Review by Arya @ A Sea of Pages http://seaofpages.blogspot.com <---- Check it out!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Silva

    MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Book 2 picks up 8 months after Prophecy of the Sister Ends. Lia is now in London at Milthrope Manor with Sonia; one of the keys to the prophecy. Lia has isolated herself from her sister Alice in the hopes of developing her powers and protecting herself from the rath of Alice. Lia tries to understand the prophecy, and is hard at work trying to discover the location of the final 2 keys. As Lia tries to increase her powers in the hopes of stopping Alice from forcing her to fulfi MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Book 2 picks up 8 months after Prophecy of the Sister Ends. Lia is now in London at Milthrope Manor with Sonia; one of the keys to the prophecy. Lia has isolated herself from her sister Alice in the hopes of developing her powers and protecting herself from the rath of Alice. Lia tries to understand the prophecy, and is hard at work trying to discover the location of the final 2 keys. As Lia tries to increase her powers in the hopes of stopping Alice from forcing her to fulfill the Prophecy, she still gets dragged into dreams, summoned by Alice and exposed to the Souls. Lia has put her trust in Sonia; while Luisa is not with them in London, and entrusts Sonia with protecting the Medallion and keeping it away from Lia as the pull to wear it weighs heavily on Lia's mind. The story takes Lia on a journey in search of the missing page of the Prophecy. With the assistance of her oldest friend Edmund and the help of Luisa and Sonia, Lia heads off on a dangerous journey to the Island of Altus to speak to her dying Aunt Abigail who holds the secret to the missing page's location. With twists and turns at every corner and a friend turned foe Lia must fight to survive. When their trip becomes more dangerous and they have the Souls on their trail, they must try to outrun the deadliest of creatures...including hellhounds. If not for one mysterious man whom Lia has a strange connection with, Lia's journey would have ended long before the story began. New creatures and new characters bring this story to a whole new level twists keep you guessing every step of the way. Juust when you think things canore difficult for Lia...somehow they do. The Prophecy series is a great read and Guardian of the Gate just leaves you with more questions that you can't wait to get answered. Will Lia finally end the Prophecy or will she give in to Samael's demands and become the true Angel and open the Gate... Michelle Zink has created an amazing story filled with betrayal and mystery, twists at every turn that keep your heart pounding and your mind craving more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    ARC! (see full review at http://thepagesofbrooks.blogspot.com/) I received this ARC from the Teen Author Carnival on May 24, 2010. Michelle Zink was there, spoke and answered questions in a panel of other authors, and stayed around to sign books. Afterward, since I'm all buddy-buddy with one of the people in charge of TAC, I was waiting around outside the building and had the pleasure of really talking to Zink. Turns out she's pretty fantastic (even her kids are awesome - though I'm a teacher, so ARC! (see full review at http://thepagesofbrooks.blogspot.com/) I received this ARC from the Teen Author Carnival on May 24, 2010. Michelle Zink was there, spoke and answered questions in a panel of other authors, and stayed around to sign books. Afterward, since I'm all buddy-buddy with one of the people in charge of TAC, I was waiting around outside the building and had the pleasure of really talking to Zink. Turns out she's pretty fantastic (even her kids are awesome - though I'm a teacher, so I'm biased). To all you authors out there, this just goes to show: Be nice to people who read! They will like your books even more! Of all the books I recieved and bought at TAC, Guardian of the Gate was the first on my list to read mainly because of the author herself. As for my opinion of the book itself, it is everything a sequel should be, but what many authors somehow slack on with the middle book. When reading a series, it is usually the second book that lags because it can't have too much information (as it was all introduced in the first book), but it can't be too awesome (or else it spoils the predictably amazing third book). I admit that with Prophecy of the Sisters I was able to take my time with it - I even set it aside for nearly a day (rare in my case) and continued reading later. With Guardian, I didn't. Want. To stop. Where Prophecy was focused on the discussion of the mysteries and the Otherworld, Guardian is full of action - the characters becoming active in their roles whether they will it or not. Almost like clockwork, every 50 pages [yes, I noticed something like that:] had something shocking that would throw in a new twist or breath-taking chase. The unexpected occurs, and the expected is constantly held at the end of a fishing rod - dangling in front of our faces, just barely out of reach. The only issue with having an ARC is that now I have to wait even longer than the average reader to get my hands on the third and final installement of this series... Unless, of course, Ms. Zink would like to grace me with an advancement on that too ;) p.s. I'm Team James.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steph Su

    In GUARDIAN OF THE GATE, Michelle Zink successfully introduces new elements to this ambitious historical supernatural story in a way that will impress fans of the first book. The same problems I had with the first book, however, still exist in this one, with the result that it will keep die-hard fans reading while most likely not bringing in a newer audience. GUARDIAN OF THE GATE removes readers from the late nineteenth century as we know it. Instead, we are brought into an in-between world full In GUARDIAN OF THE GATE, Michelle Zink successfully introduces new elements to this ambitious historical supernatural story in a way that will impress fans of the first book. The same problems I had with the first book, however, still exist in this one, with the result that it will keep die-hard fans reading while most likely not bringing in a newer audience. GUARDIAN OF THE GATE removes readers from the late nineteenth century as we know it. Instead, we are brought into an in-between world full of mystique and danger, mythical creatures and a love that, if not exactly realistic, is at least delicious in its passion. Fans of James from Book One might be thrown a little by the introduction of Dimitri, but his devotion to Lia is a strong one, although his reasons for his dedication could have been better explained. Lia is, as always, an admirably independent character when it comes to her unfair share of bad news. I was able to sympathize with her as she struggled to balance her love for her close friends with the gradual realization that the Souls make no one safe around her. Unfortunately, her first-person narrator was rather rough and uneven: at times she lapsed into omniscient voice (a big no-no for first-person POV), and at others she too easily explained to readers what would have been more effective had the characters showed us their intentions and motivations themselves. Likewise, GUARDIAN OF THE GATE also had the similar weakness of Book One in that the plot moves so slowly that, combined with the uneven narration, it became all too easy for me to put this book down right when I shouldn’t have wanted to. It may not be without its faults, but overall, Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters series is an exciting blend of historical fiction, supernatural, and the gray areas of conditional relationships. If you’re a fan of haunting writing and do not mind the slow pacing and incomplete character development too much, this series is definitely one to consider.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)

    So, immediately after re-reading Prophecy of the Sisters, I jumped into Guardian of the Gate. Admittedly, I don't know why the summary has James marked as Lia's boyfriend. Sure, they've said that they loved one another in Prophecy of the Sisters, but it was, to the best of my knowledge, nothing official. And yeah, I liked him well enough, but I have a new favorite in Guardian of the Gate. Dimitri Markov. He's known of Lia for quite some time and she feels at ease with him. More importantly, he k So, immediately after re-reading Prophecy of the Sisters, I jumped into Guardian of the Gate. Admittedly, I don't know why the summary has James marked as Lia's boyfriend. Sure, they've said that they loved one another in Prophecy of the Sisters, but it was, to the best of my knowledge, nothing official. And yeah, I liked him well enough, but I have a new favorite in Guardian of the Gate. Dimitri Markov. He's known of Lia for quite some time and she feels at ease with him. More importantly, he knows about the prophecy and thus, she doesn't need to keep secrets from him. Though, I'll have to admit that his first introduction to Lia is very, very short. However, she runs into him again and he stays with her for the rest of the book, so I really can't complain. Lia has traveled to England to search for the two remaining Keys and to track down the missing pages from the book--that her father left her (containing the prophecy)--that will hopefully help her hone her skills and aid her in defeating Samael and the Souls (that sounds like it'd be a good band name). As per usual, Alice is keeping an eye on Lia and although she isn't physically in England, they do run into one another often enough. So, I'm not going to lie, I read this in one sitting. I tried to put it down, but I really wanted to know what happened next and before I knew it, I had finished. There's more adventure in Guardian of the Gate and more Souls coming after Lia. If you liked the plot so far but there wasn't enough action for you in Prophecy of the Sisters, you may want to push through and read Guardian of the Gate. Seriously, there's a lot more action and things get interesting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    It seems that every time I complete one of Michelle Zink’s books I feel as though nothing has happened, and yet so much has happened, such is my affection for them. No matter how much of Lia’s story is told, I simply want more. Upon finishing this installment I found myself immediately desiring the next. In Guardian of the Gate, Zink introduces a new romantic interest for Lia. And while I liked James, I cannot help but admit I hold Dimitri in higher esteem. He is more lively and mysterious than J It seems that every time I complete one of Michelle Zink’s books I feel as though nothing has happened, and yet so much has happened, such is my affection for them. No matter how much of Lia’s story is told, I simply want more. Upon finishing this installment I found myself immediately desiring the next. In Guardian of the Gate, Zink introduces a new romantic interest for Lia. And while I liked James, I cannot help but admit I hold Dimitri in higher esteem. He is more lively and mysterious than James, and I am fonder of the dynamic of his and Lia’s relationship. However, I’d be perfectly happy with Lia ending up with either of them. For now, though, I’m content in my pleasure with what Dimitri added to the story, both on his own and through his influence on Lia. Where Prophecy of the Sisters was very much an introduction of the plot and characters, Guardian of the Gate was a fast-paced adventure. The languid tone and gorgeous writing that so well set the time period in Prophecy of the Sisters is ever present, but the story is far grander. The rising actions were larger, the characters – both old and new – blossomed, and the prophecy grew ever more complex and dangerous. Even with the climax once again being a bit more subtle than I’d normally like, I didn’t much mind this time. If anything, it left me salivating for book three. I simply cannot wait for the conclusion to this most impressive trilogy. 5 stars!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danelle

    In the first book we learn that Lia and her twin Alice share roles in the prophecy. In this book, Lia continues on her quest to end the prophecy while her twin sister, Alice, tries to stop her. It starts out weird. There's this disjointedness about the beginning and it may be because it doesn't exactly pick up where the first book left off. The story continues and you aren't pecked to death by every little detail of her quest/journey or the mystical island she visits, but you're also not really g In the first book we learn that Lia and her twin Alice share roles in the prophecy. In this book, Lia continues on her quest to end the prophecy while her twin sister, Alice, tries to stop her. It starts out weird. There's this disjointedness about the beginning and it may be because it doesn't exactly pick up where the first book left off. The story continues and you aren't pecked to death by every little detail of her quest/journey or the mystical island she visits, but you're also not really given enough information to make things seem plausible. Perhaps the author wants you to feel as confused as Lia? I think it's a good story - overall. But I think maybe it's written in the wrong time period. The accuracy of it all seems really off. In many of the scenes, the actions of the characters don't ring true. A new character was introduced in this book - a love interest for Lia -and though that was fun and the romance is definitely PG it was another part that I couldn't help but feel was way off for the 1890's. It was frustrating as I read along to learn so little of the prophecy so late. As with the first book, it didn't really get good until toward the end, and then it just ended. I read this thinking it'd be one of my quick YA reads that I read in a day because I can't put it down, when in fact, it was a quick YA read that I read in a day because I just wanted to get it over with.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ephrielle

    First things first, I really dislike the main character. She has like serious problems staying constant, well other than constantly annoying. The whole thing with Dimitri is just so frought with peril and just plain dumb I can scarce believe it. I am expecting him to be a major betrayal since the book points out again and again how the souls will use anyone close to her towards benefiting their goal. Sadly, I am really looking forward to this since it is only right considering what she has done. First things first, I really dislike the main character. She has like serious problems staying constant, well other than constantly annoying. The whole thing with Dimitri is just so frought with peril and just plain dumb I can scarce believe it. I am expecting him to be a major betrayal since the book points out again and again how the souls will use anyone close to her towards benefiting their goal. Sadly, I am really looking forward to this since it is only right considering what she has done. Oh wait I almost forgot, the whole prophecy thing is just sort of lame. Why even bother with this whole charade in the first place and not have put the bad guy out of commission for all eternity. I just can't reconcile the sheer stupidity of such an action. I didn't really like the first book but the pretty cover convinced me to give this a try. Curse you cover artists, you tricked me again. All is all I would definitely say this book still could be considered a good one to the right sort of group.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alli

    It's kind of closer to three and a half stars really, but it was better than the first. Good action and a much better love interest in Dimitri. I saw a lot of the "twists" coming and it was too...flowery and prosey in a lot of areas. I kept finding myself saying, "YES I know, get on with it!" I still think a lot of things are unexplained and confusing. I mean WTF Altus? Where did that come from? I think there should've been some explaining from the society in the beginning. Apparently Lia and So It's kind of closer to three and a half stars really, but it was better than the first. Good action and a much better love interest in Dimitri. I saw a lot of the "twists" coming and it was too...flowery and prosey in a lot of areas. I kept finding myself saying, "YES I know, get on with it!" I still think a lot of things are unexplained and confusing. I mean WTF Altus? Where did that come from? I think there should've been some explaining from the society in the beginning. Apparently Lia and Sonia got some information yet the reader did not. Again it was made to feel as if you were dropped in a little too far along. Still, an excellent story, a unique take. Good characters. I just wish there was more of the good. A great climax at the end and in general the whole ending was really well done. Enough of a cliff hanger to keep you invested, but definitely enough closure to keep you at peace.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alia

    I think this is a good example of a series that doesn't NEED to be a series. It could have easily been one book. I do like the series plot but so much of this book and even of the first one feels like filler. There's all these extra impediments that just seem to be there to make the story longer. That said, the end of Guardian of the Gate was pretty action packed and enjoyable. I just thought the first two thirds are easily skippable. I'm assuming this is going to be a trilogy and if so, I'd rea I think this is a good example of a series that doesn't NEED to be a series. It could have easily been one book. I do like the series plot but so much of this book and even of the first one feels like filler. There's all these extra impediments that just seem to be there to make the story longer. That said, the end of Guardian of the Gate was pretty action packed and enjoyable. I just thought the first two thirds are easily skippable. I'm assuming this is going to be a trilogy and if so, I'd read the next book. I really do want to know how it all ends!But please, please, please do get to the end!

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