Review: Hexed by Michelle Krys

Hexed by Michelle Krys
(Hexed #1)

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal

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.
The Good
  • Paige
The Bad
  • Immature characters
  • Insta-love
  • Unappealing characters
The Gif

  I know I'm in the minority with this review, but I just can't. My hopes for Hexed were set so high. I love a good witch story. I love YA. It seems like I should have liked Hexed, but I found it to be a huge letdown. Honestly, I should have stopped reading this book and saved myself the torment. But I pressed on and nothing ever improved.

  Indie was horrible. I despised her. She was more shallow than a rain puddle. Honestly, none of the characters except Paige appealed to me at all. Can we just have a book about Paige? The way that Indie treated Paige made me even more annoyed.
Paige shakes her head. "Where's Bianca? Why isn't she helping you?"
Oh. It's like that now? You'd think the girl would recognize a bone when one
was being thrown.

  Seriously, Indie annoyed me so much. I never felt her character changed. She was the ultimate cliche of a cheerleader. I'm not even going to comment on Bianca and Devon except to say that I glared every time they made an appearance. If Robert Pattinson would have combined his roles of creepy stalker Edward and cocky wizard Cedric Diggory, you'd have Bishop. I never saw the appeal. Jezebel was a toughy. While I appreciated her being brutally honest, I hate her nonchalance in the theater.

  The romance between Paige and Bishop gave me the creeps. It totally started out as the "I'm stalking you to protect you" trope that is so overdone. But it went full speed ahead into insta-love land. Something absolutely tragic happens to Paige that should turn her world upside down, but she's focused on Bishop saying in passing that he cares about her. Gag me.

  The voice of Hexed seeps angst riddled teenager. I struggled with exactly how cliche the dialogue was most of the time. Michelle Krys is a good writer, and I'll definitely give her that. But I think I'm just too old for such a cliched voice in a novel. There are so many ways that the premise of a cheerleader turned witch could have gone. I just don't feel like Hexed went a way that I could enjoy.

  If you fall into the actual age group of Young Adult, you could probably enjoy this. I do love Young Adult, but there was definitely too much of a childish tone for me to appreciate it. It goes without saying that witches are the big draw of this book, so fans of witchcraft may find a new favorite with Hexed if you can tolerate a heaping helping of teenage romance. Be warned, there is a pretty brutal cliffhanger.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Michelle Krys and NetGalley.

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