Author: Michelle Krys
Series: The Witch Hunter
Publisher/Source: Delacorte Press
Release date: 10th June 2014
Synopsis (Goodreads): If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her? Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too. Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.
Review: 2 out of 5 stars
I am a big fan of witch books so I was instantly intrigued by Hexed but unfortunately it failed to wow me as other similar witch/magic books have eg. The Hex Hall series.
Sixteen year old Indigo Blackwood seems to have it all, popularity, a wonderful quirky mum and a football star boyfriend. When she witnesses an unusual murder, rather than sticking around she does the bolt and takes a random piece of paper with details about her mother’s store from the body; unusual things happen after which have to do with an old bible that has been protected by her mother for reasons she soon learns.
My biggest problem with this book was Indigo, her childishness, bitchy attitude, reticence about what she was and bland humour didn’t endear me to her whatsoever, she was shallow and self-absorbed and didn’t have the type of personality I usually find myself liking in a YA heroine. I didn't mind the side characters but each had your stereotypical YA personalities, Bishop was a mysterious bad boy and Indigo’s saviour and protector on numerous occasions but his initial stalker-ish behaviour was really unusual. Paige was great, I definitely wouldn’t have been so forgiving of the way Indigo had treated her but she was really sweet and forgave and forgot easily.
What I did like were the action sequences which kept things interesting and the plot twists and turns kept the book entertaining but for some reason I couldn’t take it seriously; I didn’t feel the true danger for some reason, it was all very light hearted and the villains weren't all that scary.
The writing is simplistic; I enjoyed learning about the witches, warlocks and sorcerers but we are left with a cliff-hanger ending and many unanswered questions.
Overall, Hexed was riddled with YA clichés and stereotypes, bland humour and an MC that wasn’t likable at all and despite the promising story-line, I’m not sure if I’ll race out to purchase the sequel.
Thank you to Random House/Delacorte Press via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Hexed by Michelle Krys.
About the author: (Goodreads) Hi there! I'm the author of the YA novel HEXED, slated for publication with Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books Spring 2014. I'm repped by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services. Visit me at michellekrys.com or follow @MichelleKrys on Twitter.