Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: Hexed

Title: Hexed
Author: Michelle Krys
Release Date: June 10th, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 384 pages
Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:
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.

           I won Hexed in a giveaway back in October and was really excited when it showed up on my doorstep. In the spirit of Halloween and fall in general, I always love to read a few spooky books or paranormal novels. While Hexed was in no way the new Stephen King book of the YA genre, the inclusion of witches and sorcerers did help get me in the mood for Halloween.  Here are a few of my thoughts on this book by Michelle Krys.
            First things first: I love paranormal romances and Hexed definitely had its fair share of it.  My favorite character in the book just so happened to be bad boy Bishop, who main character Indigo initially thinks is stalking her.  He’s funny, doesn’t take crap from Indie, and has just enough attitude to be considered attractive without overdoing it. Why yes, you’re correct, these characteristics are exactly what I’m looking for in my future Prince Charming. :) Moving along…
            While I loved Bishop, I wasn’t Indigo’s biggest fan.  She’s your typical average- girl-turned-popular, who ditched her old best friend Paige, for a better and cooler group of friends. At the start of the book she has a run-in with Paige though that rekindles their old friendship (well, sort of).  I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t read it yet, but Paige’s friendship will prove more valuable than Indigo realizes at the time. 
            I also feel it necessary to add that there is a death scene in this book that I had a particularly hard time handling.  I’ve spent some time thinking about what it was that made that scene so unbearable for me to read and I still can’t quite pinpoint the exact reason.  Perhaps it was the shock factor, because I didn’t think it was actually going to happen and it took me completely by surprise, or maybe I thought it was just a little too graphic for YA.  I’m honestly not sure. I’d love to get some feedback from those of you who’ve read it. Am I just being melodramatic? Or did you think it was a bit much as well?
            Other than the fact that I had a hard time reading this book from Indie’s POV and the one scene I mentioned, I wouldn’t say this book is bad.  I did enjoy the plot and I loved the whole idea of the war going on between witches and sorcerers over the years.  It’s certainly a new concept in the paranormal genre (at least that I’ve come across) and I thought the ending was actually quite good.  It definitely improved my interest in the series overall and I’m already trying to get my hands on the next book. 

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