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ARCs of May: Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink & Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

In YA Reviews on May 20, 2009 at 3:55 am

Two very different ARCs I got to read this month, thank you Little, Brown…

Prophecy of The Sisters is coming out in August (75 days, according to the LBC countdown!) and Twenty Boy Summer is just hitting the stores now.

Michelle Zink and Sarah Ockler are two compulsively readable YA debut authors of 2009, and I have deeply loved each of these very different books.


Prophecy of the Sisters is a gifted YA supernatural classic, packed with the very best the genre has to offer: romance, betrayal, power, suspense, and a coming-of-age story that spans generations, continents, social classes and even realities. Though the book is set in the late 19th century, Lia’s struggle to discover herself and unravel the central mystery of not just her family, but the essential nature of good and evil, is at once classical and immediate. Lia wrestles with fate and free will just as any of our modern Caster girls do. I’m so hooked, I’d preorder the next book in the series already if Amazon would let me.

20 Boy

Twenty Boy Summer is a stunning piece of contemporary YA realistic fiction that upends the genre in its refusal to be one thing or another. Vary rarely can a writer take on all the great universal themes of love and loss and joy and pain and loyalty and betrayal at once, while being funny and real and light and slight. That’s what life is like, and that’s what Sarah’s writing is like, and I’m so impressed. I can’t wait to read her next book. I think you can find it in the stores now, so get your butt over to your closest bookstore and get it for yourself so you can see what I’m talking about!

Both books are coming-of-age stories, each set into motion by an unrecoverable, personal loss, and though the books couldn’t be more different, Michelle twists a classical YA genre to tackle contemporary issues, and Sarah lifts a contemporary YA genre to the stature of a modern classic. What is good and what is evil? What is love and what is loss? Neither are what you think, which is what sets both titles apart from the pack.

Check our BC site later in the week for details on our upcoming contests celebrating these two amazing debut authors: we’re giving away themed gift boxes that include, along with other goodies, each of these fabulous ARCs.

Check out LBC’s teaser site for Prophecy of the Sisters here and Michelle Zink’s blog here

Check out Sarah Ockler’s website here

Now on to Jackson Pearce’s As You Wish and Malinda Lo’s Ash.