Title: Hexed [The Witch Hunter 1]
Author: Michelle Krys
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
Publish Date: June 10, 2014, but currently available for pre-order
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.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
First: Let me just say that the cover is gorgeous. I tip my hat to the cover designer.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Hexed is the story of Indigo “Indie” Blackwood, a teen who is just about to learn that growing a year older isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be—especially when there’s a chance that you’ll become a witch. This story is filled with tension and mayhem—from mid-air battles with dragons to slinking through the sewers in a desperate attempt to escape before the waters get too high. There were bits of mystery, romance, and terror-filled moments that kept the pace moving along at a jaunty run throughout.
The narrative was clean, easy-to-follow, and engaging. This book was well-edited and I never noticed any grammatical, punctuation, or spelling mistakes… it was nice coming across a story that even at this stage before release (at the time this review was written, release date is still 42 days away), was so well polished.
The characters in particular stuck at out me as one of the best aspects of this novel. Despite being the blonde, popular cheerleader, Indigo was anything but your usual queen bee. She was smart, confident, and kind. She had some less-than-ideal friends, but despite her best friend’s betrayal, she didn’t let the threat to her popularity keep her from making friends with the geek next door. I’ll admit, Indigo had some questionable moments where I’m not sure she made great choices, but overall, I couldn’t help but like her. The dynamics between her and the other characters, in particular Bishop, was fantastically entertaining. Bishop and Indigo bickered like an old married couple, and their exchanges were hilarious. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the cheeky warlock. The characters came across as very real. Their dialogue and actions were natural and I never found myself questioning their choices throughout the book.
Also, I really enjoyed how the author used the prologue and epilogue as a way not only to tie the entire book together, but to lead into the next book of the series. So rarely do you find prologues/epilogues that are anything but “fluff” thrown in to wrap things up in a nice tidy bow or to give unnecessary backstory. I think the author did an excellent job formatting the book the way she did.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It’s definitely a YA book, but I think it’d be easy for any adult to enjoy. The teens weren’t frustratingly stupid or whiney. There wasn’t a lot of angst involved… it was a fast-paced adventure filled with tension, friendship, and magic hijinks. I‘d certainly recommend it to anyone out there that enjoys the YA, Fantasy, Urban Paranormal, and Romance genres. I can’t wait for the next book!