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Saturday, June 21, 2014

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

Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1)
by Michelle Krys
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.

Take a moment to reflect on high school and all the drama of the popular kids versus those, for whatever reason, who are not and Hexed will definitely have a familiar ring. The primary protagonist is Indigo, who has been raised in ignorance of her heritage with her mother wanting to give her a life as normal as possible. Her mother owns and runs an occult shop and is a little bit of the town oddity, despite this Indie is a stereotypical cheerleader scraping to hang on to the teenage dream when suddenly her entire world implodes. She finds that not only is all of what she considered her mother's eccentricities based in truth, but she is a witch with a significant task to uphold.

Yes, Indie is a bit shallow and not always kind to those around her and not excusing some of her behaviors it should be remembered she is a teenager who is forced to learn hard lessons within the blink of an eye. Hexed is a journey to maturity and decision making, learning who to trust and what really matters, as well as having to face the consequences of your actions including devastating loss. 

There was significant world building as well as character development that was enjoyable to read and although at times it did seem a bit long perhaps needing to get to the point just a smidge faster, the characters were fun and very colorful. There is humor, plenty of eye-rolling "I can't believe she did that" moments, and action, as well as devastation and tears. I would recommend Hexed to older YA readers on up, primarily because of some of the subject matter (i.e. sex, drinking, and dead bodies—oh my), and I am looking forward to continuing the series to see what happens next. I received this book via NetGalley.

4 Sheep


About the Author:
Hi there! I’m the author of the YA novel HEXED, coming June 10th, 2014 from Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books, as well as the currently-untitled sequel to HEXED, and a separate, standalone novel called DEAD GIRLS SOCIETY. I live in Northwestern Ontario with my husband and son and work part-time as a NICU nurse. I’m repped by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good start, I too would like to know how it turns out :)