Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Prophecy of the Sisters is a new young adult book Little Brown published in August of 2009. This paranormal romance is hard to put down. It is book one in a trilogy so beware before you begin that you will be left hanging. Lia and Alice are twins living in 1890's upstate New York when their father dies leaving them and their brother orphaned. At 16 Lia feels the need to care for her family and is a naturally mothering character but has an unsettling feeling about her sister. Soon after her father's death, a strange mark appears on Lia's skin that she discovers will pit her against her sister in a prophecy that has caused generations of sisters to turn on one another (including her mother and aunt). Lia knows that she must work to end the prophecy before her sister does.
I found this story to start a bit slowly at first, but once I started to care about Lia and to see how twisted Alice could be, I was hooked. I do love stories from another time period and this book does incorporate details about life in the 1800's without becoming monotonous. The story does stick to the conventions of conduct at the time so there are very innocent interactions between our heroine and her finance James that are not gooey or hokey but have a sense of realism about them. I appreciate how intricate the plot is as well. The author reveals information to us slowly and weaves a very complex story, just when you think you have everything figured out another twist or turn is revealed. The one drawback I found is that the next book may not be out until next year at the earliest and I want to know what happens next.
A great read for girls 13+.