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Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull
Synopsis From The Book
Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed couldn’t lead more different lives. Poppy is a troubled teen: moving from school to school, causing chaos wherever she goes, never making friends or lasting connections. Ember is a young witch, struggling to find a place within her coven and prove her worth. Both are outsiders: feeling like they don’t belong and seeking escape.
Poppy and Ember soon become friends, and secretly share knowledge of their two worlds. Little do they know that destiny has brought them together: an ancient prophecy, and a life-changing betrayal. Growing closer, they begin to understand why they’ve never belonged and the reason they are now forever connected to each other.
Switched at birth by the scheming witch Raven Hawkweed, Poppy and Ember must come to terms with their true identities and fight for their own place in the world. Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who – befriending them both – tests their love and loyalty. Can Poppy and Ember’s friendship survive? And can it withstand the dark forces that are gathering?
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
I did not read the whole synopsis before I read this novel. Thus I was interested in the premise but wasn’t fully prepared for what was going to happen.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Because I did not read the premise fully, I was thoroughly surprised by where the plot went. I suppose there is good in not reading the synopsis.
The synopsis actually has this covered. Two girls switched at birth, meet each other. Through meeting each other they find solidarity and a life they always wished for, and the truth of their lives. Poppy takes over as queen (SPOILER).
What I Liked:
Characters; The main girls, Leo, and supporting cast were well developed. Typically I would separate them but I didn’t specifically like one of the lead cast over the others.
Witch culture; The best part of this book is the Witch culture. This is the true witch culture with herbs, and spells, and ceremonies, and rituals. This is written so well and so beautifully that it fits with the modern world. We didn’t need to learn about Poppy’s world (Our world) but we did need to know about Embers so that we could compare them and Irena Brignull allows for the reader to do so easily.
The response of the mothers not having their daughters; This was fascinating. Poppy’s mother (Truly Ember’s mother) had a full on breakdown while Ember’s mother (truly Poppy’s mother) became more calculating. Their reactions were truly interesting, especially considering the nature of the children they had to take care of and the cultures they were involved in.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
More on the Queen; I wanted to know more about the previous Witch’s queen.
More on the different clans; I would have just liked a little bit more on this.
Time Taken To Read
None, but the descriptive nature of the book is fantastic.