Author: Faith McKay
Publish Date: Published November 20th 2012
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?Samantha and her sister Violet are moved around so much, Samantha has a difficult time making friends. Never staying in one place long enough to build friendships, Samantha keeps to herself and dislikes being the “new Girl” all the time.
Samantha has dreams that seem to come true. Violet prays, and those wishes seem to come true. What Samantha has always thought as coincidence, she learns otherwise when she discovers a journal kept by her grandmother.
When Samantha becomes friends with a boy that has turned into her protector, she discovers the true reason behind all the moves in her life. Her mother is very abusive to her, mentally and physically, and she feels the hate towards her radiating off her mother.
Prophecy Girl oozes with an original plot with paranormal and ancient beings colliding together. I easily fell in love with the characters, and have never so much hated a mother figure in a story before. The clues unfold at a rate that keeps your interest piqued, with never a dull moment. Nick quickly falls into the roll of protecting Samantha. The two seem destined together even without a prophecy. Samantha is incredibly strong, dealing with the abuse more gracefully than someone her age should. I feel that makes her a very strong character and helps prepare all that is thrown against her. Even though the story has some serious situations, there’s still humor to round it all together into an incredible read. I completely enjoyed this book, and look forward to the sequel because yes, as in all great books, there’s a cliff hanger that will floor you!