The 100-year-old prophecy says that one of the Hawkweed sisters will give birth to the next queen. Raven Hawkweed is bound and determined that her daughter will be the queen, so she uses all her witchly powers to make sure her sister, Charlock, does not give birth to a baby girl. When she finds out that Charlock is pregnant with a baby girl, she switches the baby with another newborn. So Ember Hawkweed is a witch with no powers.
Poppy is a misfit. Weird things are always happening around her, and she feels responsible, but she doesn't know why these things happen. She and her father have had to move to new schools several times because of things that happen around Poppy.
When Ember and Poppy meet, an unlikely and serendipitous friendship occurs. And, we couldn't have a story without a boy. Poppy meets Leo, and for some reason he gets her. He doesn't think she's weird, and the attraction is strong. Then Poppy takes Leo to meet Ember, and Ember falls hard for Leo.
The Hawkweed Prophecy rambles a bit, especially in the middle. Poppy and Ember are building a relationship but it seemed like it took a long time, and things could have moved a bit more quickly. There really wasn't a need for Leo, but what's a teen book without a romance? The lore was interesting and the way the coven lived intrigued me. I felt sorry for both Poppy and Ember - both were obviously not happy living their lives.
The ending was exciting and sad too. At times the writing seemed like this one was more appropriate for younger teens, but I think fans of fantasy, especially involving witches will love The Hawkweed Prophecy.
Published by Weinstein Books, September 6, 2016
ARCobtained from the publisher
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