I received my ARC copy of Guardian of the Gate on Monday, in the mail and I'm excited! However, due to lack of time (and SAT prep), I still haven't finished the book. (I know, how scandalous! Truthfully, I would rather read then do SAT prep, but I need a good score!) In lieu of a review of the book, there's going to be a review/comparison of the two covers of Prophecy of the Sisters, books one and two. (I'm using the pictures that Amazon has on their site.)
I'm extremely in love with this cover, because of it's unusual nature. It's a rare cover that makes people want to know more about the book, and it's also a cover that lacks a human model. For me, the statues represent Lia and Alice, and also the other twin sisters who were binded by the prophecy. I also like the addition of the rose, which is dangerous and yet lovable at the same time. For me, it symbolizes the growing prophecy that is going to divide the sisters.
Usually, for series, covers tend to be similar in appearance, however I guess Prophecy of the Sisters is different. Usually, I don't like covers with models because it limits the reader to having the idea that cover model is how the character is, however, I like this cover. The look that the girl (presumably Lia?) is giving is penetrating, however, she's not looking at the camera. It's as if she doesn't know what's going to happen, nor does she know what to expect in the moment. At first, I thought the blue thing in the picture was a blue rose, symbolic of tragedy, but at an closer inspection, it's not a rose at all.
The cover also reminds me of the cover of Libba Bray's Rebel Angels. Both of the girls look like their about to run away, however in the cover of The Guardian of the Gate, the girl looks a lot stronger, emotionally speaking. The story lines are slightly similar, which tragedy and supernatural mixed in between. Both girls have experienced a parent dying, and the story lines are set in the late 19th- early 20th century. However, the similarities end there.
P.S I actually started reading the beginning of The Guardians of the Gate, and it's as amazing as I remembered! It gives me the perfect dose of tragedy ,strength, and friendship every time. I really want to re-read The Prophecy of the Sisters, however my copy of the ARC is MIA, and I don't have time to go to the book store this month. (SAT, I officially hate you.)