Saturday, 28 June 2014

Review: Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1) by Michelle Krys

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Author: Michelle Krys
Series: The Witch Hunter
Pages: 384
Publisher/Source: Delacorte Press
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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 clich├ęs 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.

8 comments:

  1. Sorry this one wasn't that great, but I appreciate your honest review.

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  2. I didn't figure I would like this one - I've had some total issue with the few RH kids/YA books I've read. I don't know what it is but now I'm leery to try anymore.

    I hate hate bitchy characters and ones that annoy me so I know I'd end up like you not enjoying this one.

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    1. It's such a shame because it sounded so promising. A big let down unfortunately, the annoying MC was too much for me.

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  3. I love the cover and actually received this, but everyone is saying exactly what you did. So sorry this didn't work.

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    1. The cover is wonderful! this was a WoW for me ages ago so I was really excited to read it so it is a shame it didn't meet my expectations.

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  4. I agree with your review, I was really excited for this book because I am always intrigued with witch books, but it really fell flat for me. Indigo was such a hard character to like, she was annoying and just the way the story went left me very confused.

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    1. It seems a few of us feel the same which is disappointing, I usually love witch books so my expectations were high.

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