My rating: 2 of 5 stars
In late nineteenth-century New York state, wealthy sixteen-year-old twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe find that they are on opposite sides of an ancient prophecy that has destroyed their parents and seeks to do even more harm.
God I wanted to like this book so much…. The premise is interesting, combined with a unique setting for this type of story. This book had so much potential, but it just didn’t seem to come together.
From chapter to chapter it felt disjointed, like the story didn’t fit together quite right.
I found myself thinking often that I wish I could have read this story from Alice’s POV instead of Lia’s, because Alice would be more interesting. And Lia didn’t really feel like the main character, despite it being her story. More often I found myself reading each scene wondering what Alice was up to, what Alice was thinking, what Alice’s childhood was like!
I also found it frustrating that very little of their information came from discovery of any kind. They didn’t do research, they didn’t parse out the prophecy, they just had a series of info dump tea parties where someone tells them what they need to know.
Then, once they have new information, they never seem to really go over what they know and what they don’t to make conclusions. They start to go over it a few times, but they just stop everytime for no real reason. And they never dig for details. Whatever someone is willing to tell them is plenty. Why keep digging, it’s only life and death, right?
I mentioned earlier not being able to see how this story could possibly become a series, and now that I’ve read the end of this book I have to say…. I see how it’s going to be a series, but I don’t think it should be. Honestly this entire book read like ‘part 1’ of a single novel, the part you rush through to get to the meat of the story.
I don’t see myself reading the sequels unless someone can make a really good argument for it. I also don’t think I’d recommend this book to anyone.
That’s as much as I can say without spoiling anything, but there’s a bit more for anyone who wants it:
[start]Major complaint: 3 pages of suicidality magically ended by wind????????????????
I found myself wishing a lot of the time that Lia would just open the Gate and let the Souls fuck up the world so something INTERESTING would happen![end]