Review: The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull

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Review: The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena BrignullThe Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull
Published by Weinstein Books
Pub Date: September 6th 2016
Pages: 368
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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3.5 Stars

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?

This book was a mixed bag for me. On the plus side, The Hawkweed Prophecy grabbed me from the very beginning and kept my interest all the way through. I loved the witchy feel; it was unique, secretive, creepy, and otherworldly. It also celebrated the bonds of friendship and sisterhood. I was intrigued by Ember, Poppy, and Leo, and how their lives were intertwined. It was at times sweet and very sad. There were quite a few characters that all had interesting, complicated parts to play.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a complete emotional connection to the characters, which is where I got lost. Plenty scenes made me emotional, and I felt emotion between the characters themselves- love, jealousy, betrayal, loss…. but not between them and me. It’s hard to explain. There were also a few really disturbing sequences that bummed me out, but the writing is great and it worked for the story. The word choice throughout the book was precise and evoked so many senses and details. There is quite a bit of action in the second half while the majority of The Hawkweed Prophecy is very character driven.

It’s going to be a great book for fall. I could see glimmers of the strangeness of The Raven Boys, the witchiness of Unspoken and Beautiful Creatures, the curses and sisterhood of Practical Magic, and the creepiness of The Glass Casket. The book lost some luster for me in the middle and I wish I personally felt more connection, but I’m glad I picked it up at BEA.

Is this book on your Fall TBR? If you’ve read it already, what did you think?

 

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6 Responses to “Review: The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull”

  1. Alexa S.

    I’m pretty drawn to the synopsis of The Hawkweed Prophecy; it sounds mysterious and eerie, and perfect for fall, as you’ve said. But the fact that you felt that you couldn’t connect to the characters on a personal level makes me a bit hesitant! I may still give this one a shot, but probably will borrow it from the library versus buying. Thanks for the review!

  2. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    Sounds like this one has potential. I really like the sound of it from the synopsis, although I sense a love triangle, which I am not overly fond of. Might check this one out from the library based on your review though!

  3. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    I have read this one and I was not a fan. The beginning was awesome. The problem I had is that they stopped focusing on the friendship between the two girls and instead, focused on the love triangle with Leo. I got so confused on who Leo liked because he kept going back and forth. That was frustrating. And it lost some of the magic for me, I think. I agree that I also didn’t feel very much emotional connection to any of the characters. Oh well. Can’t win them all, right?

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      I felt the same way, the beginning was so awesome and the triangle just lost me. I liked them all individually but together it was kind of a mess. All the witch stuff was so great. You’re right, can’t win them all!

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