Friday, May 15, 2015

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Publication Date:  June 10, 2014
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Series:  The Witch Hunter #1
Pages:  384
Genre:  Supernatural 
Synopsis:  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:  Meh.  Hexed is a perfect example of a typical young adult novel--the kind that everyone assumes is terrible simply because it is written for teenagers.  

The sad thing is that the writing is actually pretty good!  The plot is quick and action-packed.  But that's where it falls short.  It seems as if the writer is attempting to seem young by adding in humor I'm sure I would have laughed at if I was still ten years old.  Instead of being funny, most of the time it comes of as a bit lame.  I was hoping for more mature content, something original and more Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esque.  This book is a cheap shot at Buffy.  

A lot of the witchy background and magic rules are never explained and there is no real depth to the story. The worst part is that, when the book ends, you realize that everything that had happened could have been avoided, giving the entire story an air of pointlessness.

Indigo Blackwood is the embodiment of a teenage Queen Bee stereotype.  She is childish and self-important, not the powerful witch I went into the book expecting.  Someone needs to inform her that she in not the sun and that the world does not revolve around her.  

Indigo spends a majority of the book whining and waiting to be saved.  Also, she cries.  A lot.  I don't mind characters crying, especially when they've earned the right to, but I do mind when they continue to mope around instead of picking themselves up and moving forward.  Indigo doesn't grow as a character at all, even though the author tries to pass it off as if she has learned so much by the end of the novel. Indigo remains selfishly absorbed in her own problems throughout the course of the book.  

The love interest, Bishop, reminds me of Edward from Twilight in one frightening way:  both characters are stalkers.  You are told he is supposed to be extremely attractive and a Nice Guy.  It's hard to believe that when he constantly makes patronizing comments.  For the life of me, I do not understand why Indigo falls in love with him, and him with her.  Still, I liked him better than Indie, so that's something.  

The one character you are supposed to despise is the only one I truly liked.  Jezebel is made out to be an uncaring bitch.  In reality, she is pretty bad ass and seems to be the only one who knows what she is doing. I'm sure I would have enjoyed the book more if she were the protagonist.  

Hexed is a cliché.  There is nothing surprising or complex about it. It's a fun and entertaining read, nothing more.  It is a failed attempt at an eerie, spellbinding story.

2.5 Keys

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