25 Aug 2016

ARC #Review: THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY by Irena Brignull


Author: Irena Brignull
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Rating: 2.5/5 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 one was alright. I didn't really like it or dislike it and honestly I can't think of anything so special about it that I need to mention it in this review. The magic was super cool, the characters were boring, and I thought the plot was overdone which made it fizzle out at the end because I couldn't stay interested. I would suggest picking this one up at the library rather than purchasing it for yourself.

This one wasn't really memorable to me: I actually keep forgetting that I have read it. The characters weren't anything remarkable, the set up was pretty typical, and I felt like it didn't really add anything to the Fantasy genre. It hit all the right elements and ticked off all the boxes it needed to but it didn't really turn my crank. I think I liked the idea of it better than the actual execution of it, sadly.

Honestly I think the most interesting aspect of this book was that Leo was homeless. I feel like we don't really see a lot of that in Fantasy books and it was great to have that representation in a book where people don't usually see real life represented. I think I almost would have liked to know more about Leo or Sorrel. They were the only characters worth remembering in this one.

1 comment:

  1. I still have this ARC from BEA. I've been meaning to read it, but maybe I won't move it up the pile :S


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