June 15, 2014

Title: Hexed

Series: The Witch Hunter,
Book One

Author: Michelle Krys ♣ @MichelleKrys

Published: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 384

Genre(s): Young Adult ♣ Paranormal ♣ Romance

Source: NetGalley

Summary from 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.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 06/15/2014): 3.80

  • Christina thought this title had good and somewhat mediocre points. It goes on her third shelf. To find out why…

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Initial Thoughts and Rating:
3 stars! If this were some type of game show, the greatest amount of points would be awarded to Ms. Krys for her readability potential because even when I wasn’t wholly intrigued by the plot or loving the characters, I still found myself invested in the direction the story was headed. I liked that I had to know how it would all unfold and ended up reading it in one single sitting.

The Lowdown: Everything about Indigo Blackwood’s life is normal and rather ideal considering she’s popular, a cheerleader, and dating the hottest guy at school who also just so happens to be the football team’s captain. Okay, so her mom is a little on the quirky side with her Wiccan practices and the fact that she owns a magic shop, but it’s cool in a way… right?

Then things change abruptly after she witnesses a death. Strange people start following her, people around town seem to be losing their memories, and after her mom’s shop is broken into, they learn that the family’s Bible, one that her mom obsessively protects, has been stolen. This all leads to her meeting with Bishop, a guy who tells her that she’s now trapped in a war that has been brewing between Witches/Warlocks (The Family) and Sorcerers (The Priory) for years. Oh yeah, and that there’s a chance that she’s a witch, too. What even?

But when a tragic circumstance pushes Indie to her breaking point, she decides to trade her pompoms for magic and kick a few sorcerers’ asses. She maybe even learns to like Bishop and his arrogant, pervy behavior along the way.

My Thoughts: I’m truly conflicted on how I feel about this book. When I immediately finished, I thought that I really enjoyed it, but when I sat down to write this review, I kept putting more elements in the disliked column than the liked. So, overall, I would have to say the biggest upside to this book is that the author definitely has a good storytelling ability and that the pacing was well done. I read it all in one go, and walked away relatively pleased with the storyline that I was given. I also mostly liked the two main characters, though Indigo had a lot of shallow moments and the way she treated Paige that irritated me and Bishop had a few douche-canoe moments that made me roll my eyes. Then there was this big confrontation between them that lead to the “I care about you” conversation that seemed to explode out of thin air. But, mostly they were enjoyable. Indie showed considerable character growth by the end and Bishop had me laughing with his own brand of snark.

The issues that had me most displeased with this novel was the friendship with Bianca and the relationship with Devon. I kind of hated them both, which seems like a waste of hate because all of the drama that unfolded with this whole situation didn’t even matter in the grand scheme of things. It appeared to me that the only reason these two existed was Bianca was needed to play the resident bitchy mean girl (but really, so unnecessary) and Devon was only ever a prop. I didn’t like them and they added zero value to the story. I also disliked the fact that most of the story read with an almost caricature-like feel to it. I don’t know how exactly to explain it, except for sometimes it felt like the story never took itself too seriously. The witch side was called “The Family” and it seemed almost mafia-like and slightly laughable. Then with the big moment that probably was supposed to make me all heartclenchy, I felt completely unaffected. I don’t know. *sigh*

Then there’s the matter of how it ended. I was satisfied with the book and how it concluded minus the epilogue. I was even thinking, Why is this a series? It seems over. But then I read the epilogue which focused around Paige and it seems to be heading in a different direction from the witch storyline all together. I’m not sure where Krys plans to go with this which has me slightly intrigued and a little confused.

Rec It? There’s a good chance that you’ll want to check this one out, and, by that, I mean see if you can find it at the library or on sale. I liked the flow of the storytelling, but I didn’t love all of the characters or understand the unnecessary drama. Plus, with it ending the way it did, I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing with this series or not. I guess I’ll just have to see if the synopsis for the second book piques my interest.

That being said, I think the author has a lot of potential and I’ll definitely be looking into her future books.

A very special thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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