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 (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Wunderkind P.R. For sending me this book for free, in exchange of an honest review.
I would rate it a 3.75 Stars out of 5.
I have been in a fantasy funk, not many books have seemed appealing to me, it’s been kind of struggle. With it being October, and very close to Halloween, I figured a book about witches would be very fitting.
Happy to announce, that this book pulled me out of my fantasy funk, and I am so Thankful! You want to know what else made me happy? I could pronounce the names, they were nice, normal names, no five syllable long names, three names mashed up together, you might as well make up a nickname, names. And for that, I give major respect to the author! That seems to be a huge thing in Fantasy Books, crazy made up names.
Now onto the book itself, it was good, I loved the writing style, and the world building. I also just really loved Poppy and Ember, oh yea and Leo too. This book read extremely fast, and I was so thankful that I had the sequel on hand to jump right into next.
I do need to mention, there was a huge part I HATED, and felt like it should have come with a trigger warning. IF you take issue with animal cruelty, there is about 15 or so pages of this book, you may not enjoy. I know I didn’t. I do also want to mention, this book walks a fine line between YA and Adult. So that may also be something some readers just don’t like.
I enjoyed the flawed characters, I enjoyed the power struggle between the sisters. This wasn’t a book about perfect characters, who all had happy endings. This was a book about one woman’s need for power, and the desperation to have it, what lines she crossed to get it, and the aftermath of it all.
We might not look it but we are the same.’ She tapped her heart, In here.