The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena BrignullThe Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull

The Hawkweed Prophecy

byIrena Brignull

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

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**Longlisted for the 2018 Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Award**

By renowned screenwriter Irena Brignull (The BoxtrollsandThe Little Prince) comes a major new Young Adult series about the power of sisterhood, fate, and magic. Followed by the sequelThe Hawkweed Legacy.

A stunning debut tells a bewitching story: two girls, one ancient prophecy. Only one can be queen of the witches.

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?
Irena Brignullis an acclaimed screenwriter whose credits includeThe Boxtrolls, Come Together, Skellig,and the upcoming adaptation of the beloved classic,The Little Prince.Previously, Irena was a Script Executive at the BBC and then Head of Development at Dogstar Films where she worked onShakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, ...
Title:The Hawkweed ProphecyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1602863008

ISBN - 13:9781602863002


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't Like or Dislike it 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.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Two Lives, One World Poppy and Ember were switched at birth and where one struggles, the other excels. The only problem is Leo. The homeless and lovable boy whom both girls fall for. Choices are made, bonds are tested, and betrayals are HUGE. I wish this book could have had more... flavour. I feel that it was a dry read with an easy plot, but the message was clear, and is fantastic.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Level of Pain This book, although for young readers, had an immensely powerful message to readers of older ages as well. Throughout the grief and pain I felt for each character, I can't say that my tears were for that particular reason only. I think my tears were for how much I understood the concept of it all. If you're a mother, read this. If you're a teen, read this. If you're a father, read this. If you're a friend, read this. If you're anything from either side of the spectrum, read this. It'll give you a good dose of empathy and sympathy that is missing in the world. I'm so speechless for this review, that's how amazing it was. I want to read it again, but I honestly don't know if my heart could take it.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable The Hawkweed Prophecy follows Leo, Poppy, and Ember as their lives weave together in, and outside, of magic. Well-written, with characters undergoing vast transformations in shorts amount of time without it feeling rushed. Switched at birth novels have the potential to be unnecessarily messy but there was reason here, and the resolution is immensely satisfying with everyone being where they will feel most at home. Ember and Poppy's friendship diminishes once Poppy introduces Leo to Ember, and it was a shame to see the girls grow apart over a boy, but ultimately does seem as though it all worked out for the best.
Date published: 2016-06-08

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