Prophecy Girl

Prophecy Girl

by Faith McKay


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492797067
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/11/2013
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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Prophecy Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
citruslovr12 More than 1 year ago
This is the type of book that is so easy to fall in love with! Samantha is amazing. She may only be sixteen years old, but she is forced to make decisions that adults would have trouble with. Instead of shying away from her responsibilities, she stands up and does everything in her power to protect the one person in the world she would do anything for, her sister. Violet is adorkable. She reminds me so much of my little sister. How loving they can be, and sometimes so annoying you just want to scream. For someone so young, she holds so much power. That alone paints a pretty big target on her back. It seems everyone has a plan on what to do with Violet. I don't think I can even imagine what is going through her head throughout the book. How does a nine year old handle knowing that people want to kill her?!? One of the themes of the book is child abuse. I was glad we never had to see Violet hurt, but what was done to Samantha was enough to make me cry a bit. I liked how the seriousness of Sam's situation (the abuse) was not sugar coated or glossed over. You got a real good in-depth look into how confusing child abuse can be for the child. Sam wanted to love her mother so much. To believe that her mother was capable of loving her back, but she also had to wrestle with the knowledge that her mother would never love her and was more likely to hurt her and her sister to get what she wanted. That is a lot for a person to take in, especially a sixteen year old. Nick = my hero! He to has too much going on in his life and so much responsibility. I loved his sense of humor and all of the sun glasses. The best was the banter between Nick and Sam. I think my favorite scene was when Nick and Sam were in the back of the truck on their "date." It was so funny, quirky, and cute. My Favorite quote from that scene: "I wasn't sure what to feed a vegetarian, but with my advanced cooking skills I knew I'd be up to the challenge." He pulled out a jar of strawberry jam and another of peanut butter. He looked over at her with his eyebrows raised. "I'll take two." "Our high class date continues! I brought carrot sticks, too. And chips, yogurt, and juice boxes." "Aww!" "No! Don't you 'aww' me. These are very adult juice boxes. Not cute at all. See!" He held a box out to her. "Organic!" "I see! Not adorable. These are serious juice boxes." The beginning of the book was full of mystery. I could feel Sam's frustration in wanting to know what was up with her mother. I had a bad feeling we weren't going to like what was in the little green book! This book is the perfect start to an amazing series! I did not expect that ending and am keeping my fingers crossed that their evil mother gets what is coming to her! If you haven't read this yet, you best get on with it! You are missing out!
DaleCT More than 1 year ago
First off, this was a very entertaining read. There were a few things that kept me from rating this 5 stars, but I'll get to those later. Let's start with the yummy stuff first! Real-life, strong, like-able (and hate-able) characters: Check. All of the characters are well-developed. What's good about these characters is that they are not all perfect. Even the good guys have flaws. You like Sam, you like Violet, and you just straight-on hate the mom. They 'boy she just met'--Nick--is very like-able. He's strong and cute and I love the way he jumps to Sam's defense. Sam shows growth in this story, becoming stronger and more confident as the story  moves along...maybe a little too confident as she and Nick get in over their heads. And is Nick just a normal boy? You tell me! And there's a part in this book about Nick that is revealed that will make the young girls eat their hearts out. They'll all be saying, "I want a boyfriend like Nick!" Girls. Will. Love him. Visuals: Check The writing gives the flavor of the can picture Lacuna Valley, feel the heat and boredom, feel the cold, picture the school. All very nicely drafted to give the readers a place to ground themselves while reading. Flaws: Check (what novel doesn't have them??) The beginning of the novel moved a little too slowly for me. It takes a looooong time to get to the heart of the book: Sam and Violet's powers and what that means. I mean, Violet's powers are see them almost immediately, but it takes Sam far too long  to accept that something strange is going on. I found myself getting frustrated that the same questions keep arising with no answers until close to the middle of the book. Sam and Nick laugh too much. Sorry. Yes, they're happy together and I get that, but I need some other description than "She laughed" or "He laughed" or "They laughed" to keep my interest. There has to be more to Nick and his Dad than meet the eye, but I don't know what. Otherwise, not sure how they protect the orb against the unworldly beings. This is sort of just hanging out there...not sure if this is what it is (I hope not), or is developed in later books (I hope so). What is it about David that makes the bullies back off with just a word? Not sure. Like I said, he's a strong character, but I'm not really sure 'why'. I was hoping to get more. I definitely have this in My Series To Keep Reading list!
rainsir6 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This was such an amazing read! The author did such a great job at creating such a wonderful story that I couldn't help but be sucked in. 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 moving. 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 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 the villain in this book 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 horrible they truly are. Sorry to be a bit vague but I really am trying not to give anything away. Other than the vagueness with 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 that they have to overcome when they just want to live a normal, happy life, and just when you think things can't get any crazier, 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 and Violet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recieved a copy of this ebook to read and review. Unfortunately, I think the mom ruined this book for me. I was either angry or depressed throughout the story and somewhat confused. It was well written, but I guess I just couldn't connect with the characters. Not a bad book, just not my cup of tea. I probably will read the next one, though. I want to know what happens to her mom. That b****!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actual rating 3.5 (rounded to 4) So I want to start off thanking the author for this opportunity, I recieved this book from the author for a honest review. WOW! A surprisingly quite stunning story. I honestly in the beginning thought it was a bit slow. That's the reason for a 3.5 rating. I wasn't sure it was gonna be my cup of tea but within a quarter or so in things really pick up and Faith McKay has a great way of writing realistic situations and characters with the paranormal in the mix. Sam is a great leading character. She isn't weak no matter what she thinks. Her mother is just awful and she is better than her in all the right ways. I like the relationship with Nick too. They were like a cute old married couple. kinda of reminds me of me and my hubby, so loved it! McKay really took me by surprise with this one and I cant wait to get my hands on the sequeal. Check it out for yourself and see! Just know the beginning was a bit slow but in the end for me it was worth it!
Daniela07 More than 1 year ago
I'll admit it, when I first started reading this book I felt incredibly unsure. It starts off nice and slow, nothing interesting happens for a while. Then the reality of it all hits me like a freight train. Sam's family is far, far from normal. Her family is, putting it nicely, dysfunctional. Sam's mother is abusive, her father is horribly ill, Sam herself gets terrible nightmares that seem to be coming true, and her little sister has the uncanny power to pray for things and they become real. Sounds sort of religious right? Well, it's not. At. All. Which is what caught me by surprise. I expected some hard core religious involvement in this book, and I got about 1%, and that's only because Violet 'prays' for things. This is a paranormal sort of book. Exactly my type of read. It's got everything from seasonals to werewolves to magical orbs and killers. I loved every second of it! Sam is a very flawed protagonist but her character develops well throughout the book and she ends up becoming a strong heroine. She's really insecure in the beginning. She doesn't stand up for herself and she's very self-conscious, which completely drove me up the wall at first. Her sense of reality made me want to cry too, it was just bad. But then she met Nick, her sweet prince charming, and Sam become so much more tolerable. But don't get me wrong, there's no insta-love the moment Nick and Sam meet. (I seriously would have cried if there was) At first, they're both really shy around each other, then they slowly become friends until Sam realizes that Nick is super weird and she gets freaked out (there's a reason for his weirdness though). They get back together, but the 'falling in-love' gradually builds. It's a cute romance they have going on. Nick's character isn't the bad-boy sort (even though it appears to be that way at first). He's the cute, charming prince-look-alike. He's the sort of boy you could bring home and your parents would just love him. No, he doesn't wear polo shirts. He's just a sweet guy, great boyfriend-material, that I instantly took the liking for. Sam and Nick make an adorable couple. As for the story itself, it's really a mixture of the overused and the original. I hadn't heard of seasonals before, so that's a new one, but werewolves... yeah, we all know the hype on that. Really though, the plot is very well written. McKay's writing is shockingly fluid, she's created a spellbinding story that kept me completely absorbed. The only time I stopped reading was when I had turned the last page. Now I'm left itching for more. This is a fabulous beginning to an incredibly promising series. I can't wait for the second book to come out!! Highly recommended to anyone who loves a gripping paranormal read!
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I first heard about this story. And I began reading and everything seems so normal… Until you realize that Sam’s mother is abusive, her father is useless, and her sister seems to have a magical ability to pray things into existence. ARE YOU HOOKED YET?! I am!! In the first few paragraphs of the story, Sam tells Violet she misses the rain and Violet does something amazing- she makes it rain! Or did she! I had to know what was going to happen from that moment on! I really love Sam’s character. She lives a really hard life, and when you’re in an abusive lifestyle it’s hard. It’s not like you can tell anyone your mom beats you. Her whole outlook on life is amazing to me. She tries to will away the pain and yet also sometimes stands up for herself even when she knows it’ll be worse for her, except that when the spotlight is on her, it isn’t on her sister. I want to rescue her… And yet she has the ability to rescue herself  The secondary characters are always a major part of the story for me. Violet, her little sister, is the perfect embodiment of a little sister. She cute, annoying, and most of all adores her big sister. As long as Violet and Sam have each other, that’s all that matters. And then there’s Nick… You gotta love when a book boyfriend is this cool. He also fascinates me as his life is no walk in the park either. I don’t wanna say too much about him as spoilers will get involved! LOL now her parents…all I can think are bad words which are not appropriate here  The writing is amazing. It’s so real. A lot of paranormal books are based on aspects that are fantasy, but Sam seems so understandable. Her life is hard but relatable. I love the surprises and where the story goes and I really can’t wait to see where is leads next! It’s heartwarming, it’s tearful, it’s funny, and it’s got suspense- what else do you need? Overall, I loved this story. Even with some darker more complex aspects, I will still say this is for everyone, so go get your copy!! 5 PAWS from me!!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Prophecy Girl is one of those books that you can just fall into and fall in love with the characters!  Samantha is a pretty amazing girl who has lived a pretty rough life and still managed to hold on to herself.  She is put in situations that even adults would have issues with handling and she handles them well. Violet, Sam's little sister, is a perfect blend of adorable and annoying, totally believable.  The two of them have basically been together against the world for most of their lives and the bond between them is sweet. Nick... he was the perfect hero.  Funny, protective, smart, and cute.  All wrapped into a fantabulous guy who is responsible in ways must of us couldn't even imagine. The story is full of action and mystery with all of the paranormal twists and turns.  I hate predictability so I loved that was always guessing.  There some serious moments, most particularly the scenes of abuse, that added true depth to the story and helped shape Sam and Violet into they people that they were.  But there was a lot of quirkiness, humor, and fun, too, that kept the sadness from being overwhelming. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger and totally and completely NOT what I had anticipated.  Which leaves me waiting somewhat impatiently for the next book, due out sometime next year!
HsRamblingMom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this read. The synopsis drew me in and I was fascinated. Urban Fantasy is one of the genres that I have really grown to love over the past couple of years so I had high hopes for this read. It didn't disappoint. Faith McKay created amazing characters who struggle with real life issues - but they're thrown into a fantasy type situation. Sam = abusive mom, dad who stays out of it, moves around a lot, little sister who she wants to take care of & guard.... Nick = Mom left, dad drinks & just doesn't connect much anymore, doesn't fit in with his family, sweet little brother who he wants to look out for & protect. Zach & Violet are precious. I can just see Zach bouncing around talking non-stop in my head. He has such a happy personality that draws you in. Then you add in the weres, the orb, prophetic dreams, puppetmasters, and my favorite creation of Faith McKay's=the Seasonals. They really drew me in! I LOVE them & can't wait to see more of them. I can't even begin to really describe them because, well, it's hard... just read the book, LoL. The plot was really great... really original (with regards to everything I've ever read). The insanity of the situation with Sam & Violet's own mother wanting to kill them just keeps you on edge. I loved it. It was neat to see that they were literally in the middle of no where with really what feels like no connection to the "outside world." I was a little surprised that Sam's dreams aren't more of a focus - I just expected her dreams to play more of a major role BUT that's what series are for right? :) I was left hanging at the end with a lot of unanswered questions BUT I wasn't upset about it because this book is only a little over 200 pages. It felt like "part 1" of a longer novel instead of "book 1" of a series (if that makes any sense to anyone but me). I don't mind it though - but it just makes me want book 2 sooner rather than later haha. I love Sam & Nick, Zach & Violet. Great characters, interesting/original plot & setting, great supernatural beings like the weres, the Seasonals, and supernatural elements like puppetmaster & prophetic dreams. The Seasonals were insanely unique (at least as far as my experience with supernatural reads). Overall, great read!! Highly recommend it to those that enjoy YA Urban Fantasy.