Title: Hexed (Hexed #1)
Author: Michelle Krys
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Summary: 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.
You know how you can sometimes read the summary of a book and just instantly tell how it’s going to be written? Take this one for example. Based off this summary, I could tell you that the writing is going to be all cutesy and teenage girly (you know what I’m talking about), that the main character is going to be a bit of a sassy airhead, and that the love interest is of course going to be sarcastic and oh-so smoking hot. Oh, and the plot is probably going to stink.
This book was like a wannabe Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. They both have similar heroines (witches, sassy, cute), similar love interests (mysterious, sarcastic, sexy), and the same kind of light, fun tone. But, Hex Hall was actually pretty fun and interesting, definitely a lazy day read, but a good one. Hexed was not that. It failed in so many ways.
The characters were just a hodge podge of stereotypes. Indigo, the main character, is just an idiot. She is a popular cheerleader with the captain of the football team as her boyfriend and a snobby best friend. She has a hot body, a group of fabulous (looking) friends, and gets invited to huge parties where people drink themselves into oblivion and dry hump on the couches. Yay. Her mom runs The Black Cat, some occult shop that Indigo is so embarrassed of and she has a next door neighbor Paige, who wants to be her friend but it so nerdy and uncool. Talk about a hard life. This girl was ridiculous. I mean, really, everything she did was idiotic. She says several times that she has the third highest GPA in her school, but not once does she make a smart or logical decision. But most of all, she was just a straight up bitch. She was the mean girl we get in every YA book. She loved being popular, looked down on people who weren’t, and worst of all, she knew she was hot shit. This attitude drew absolutely zero sympathy from me throughout the book, and I wanted her to fail because she was so despicable.
Indigo was not a strong girl either. She ends up alone with her boyfriend at one point and is so submissive, it’s sickening.
“He leans across the counter and kisses me. I don’t want to hear about how I never want to “do stuff” anymore for the next week, so I kiss him back for a solid good minute before pushing him away.”
He is a huge jerk throughout their whole relationship but she just takes is because he “loves” her. She never stands up for herself to her rude friends and when her best friend and boyfriend sleep together, she just kind of slinks off to hide in a corner and nods blankly at them when they apologize. Her submissive attitude and clear lack of respect for her body is just sad to watch and sends the wrong message. That is not what a relationship should be like.
The worst part is that the author uses Indigo’s stupidity as an excuse to move the plot along. Like at one point, she finds Bishop and decides to take this potentially murderer/stalker to a huge party all of her friends are at. When questioned as to why she would ever do such a stupid thing, she just kinda says, I dunno, I want to see my hot boyfriend who got drunk and abandoned me the night before. Logically, she would never have made this decision. It was all just so she could see girls hitting on Bishop and get unreasonably jealous, find out her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend (so she is now available for Bishop’s hot love and affection), and become a stronger person by ditching her group of friends. And later, she just follows Bishop into the woods, because she has already made a million decisions so why not one more? Yes, that is really her reasoning. But if she had been smart and avoided the stalker guy, she would have never found out that she is a witch. Apparently, the author had no idea how to make these things happen without these cheesy, illogical set ups.
Now on to Bishop. Dark, mysterious, swoony Bishop… The same guy that we see in every single book like this. He is drawn to our cutesy heroine in ways he can’t explain, he is a huge bag of dicks, and has a beautiful, possibly evil ex-girlfriend. Oh wait! He also has a tattoo of naked Betty Boop on his neck. How could a girl possibly resist that? Oh, on top of that, he just so happens to be a stalker. And a rude one at that. He basically creeps around for a while, watching Indigo shake her ass at crowds during the football game, making fun of her, and using his constant snark to cover up the vulnerable, caring, lonely boy we all know is hiding deep down inside him. Did I mention that he apparently can’t die? Guess we won’t be getting rid of him anytime soon.
This book was kind of sad. I felt like the author was trying hard, but ultimately everything felt like a cheap knockoff. The war between evil and good was the most obvious and overused path from this book to take, but there is was. And the villains, on top of being slightly less than intimidating, had no reason to do the evil things they were doing, except that they were bad guys. The witchy Bible situation was almost silly, just because Indigo’s mom constantly blathered on about how it was the most important thing in the world, and she hid it upstairs in her shop. Because it’s so safe under some dusty floorboard. Nothing was really elaborated on or had any depth. Things were they way they were and that was that.
Now, the writing wouldn’t have been so bad if the characters weren’t so unlikable. It was pretty fast paced and could be fun at times. I just couldn’t help but dislike so many of the messages this book gave. We are supposed to like and cheer for the main character, who is petty and superficial and places herself above everyone else. How is that an okay way to behave? The humor was okay, but mostly I laughed at how absurd and rude everyone was to each other. So to a degree, I did enjoy this book. Just not for the reason the author intended. I’d honestly say you really shouldn’t bother with this one.