Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Prophecy Girl by Faith McKay


Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.

Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?

While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?

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My Review

         I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
    This was such an amazing read! The author did a truly amazing job at creating such a wonderful story that I couldn't help but be sucked in.  It was a little slow to start but once the story got going I couldn't put the book down.
    This book is the story of two sisters, Violet and Sam. Their family has moved to another small town in the middle of nowhere, just like many times in the past. The girls have no idea why they keep moving and their parents never really tell them anything about their reasons for hopping from town to town. Soon they find out that this town is very different than any of the other towns they have lived in and they are sucked in to the middle of a crazy drama. Sam is especially affected by this turn of events because she is the older sister and is almost more like a mom to Violet than a sibling.
    The characters in this book are all very well written. I fell in love with Violet and her precociousness. She is such a friendly little girl and loves to help those she cares about. The only problem is that she always believes that people are good and in this book that is not always the case. You can definitely see why Sam feels so protective of her. All of the other characters were wonderful too. The only character that wasn't well written was Sam and Violet's father. He is really not talked about in the book and it is almost as if he really isn't a part of the family. I do wish that his character would have been explained a little better. With all of the craziness that happened with the family during the book you would think he would have been more involved and it would have been nice to have a little more explanation as to why he wasn't.
    My favorite part of this book was how well the author did in creating such an evil villain. I do not usually enjoy the villains in books. I am more of the good always wins kind of person. That being said, I think that this particular villain is the most truly evil character I have ever encountered in a book. I think that most of the reason why this villain seemed so evil is because of who they are. Their character is one that should be kind and caring toward the girls but instead the further in to the book you get the more and more you realize how truly horrible they are. Sorry to be a bit vague but I really am trying not to give anything away.
    Other than the lack of involvement of the father's character there is nothing in this book that I didn't love. The story is original and enthralling and you can't help but be drawn in thoroughly. Sam and Violet face such crazy obstacles when really all they want is to just live a normal, happy life.  Then, just when you think things can't get any crazier in the story, they do. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out so that I can finally find out what happens to Sam, Violet and all of the other characters.

Parent's Guide: This book is geared toward teens and is very appropriate for that age level.  There is some very mild swearing and the villain is truly crazy and horrible but nothing bad.  I would put it along the lines of a PG movie.

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