by Irena Brignull
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Release date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Hardback: 368 pages
The Hawkweed Prophecy
The Hawkweed Legacy - release date: 2017
The babies were born as the clocks struck twelve. As they finally slid from their mothers' bellies, wet and sticky, their tiny faces scrunched up with the effort of being born, their fists clenched and eyes shut tight, a dark cloud crossed the full moon, and out in the forest the sky turned black.
Out on the street they stood, all in masks - devils and Frankensteins, warlocks and werewolves, witches and zombies, ghouls and grim reapers.
chapter 23, page 229
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?
Loved the portrayal of witches and their world in this story. The sisterhood aspect and female strength and bonding was what captured my interest.
Friendship relationships were also touched upon that created cozy and warm feelings throughout the story.
Romance and love had my heart tugging back and forth. I am sooo curious to see how that story settles in the end.
As this is that start of a series, this first book does well in presenting the main characters and their backgrounds.
* review copy courtesy of publisher