Publisher: Delacorte Press (US) / Corgi (UK)
Format: Hardcover / paperback / eBook
Released: June 10th, 2014
A stolen book. A deadly plan. A destiny discovered. 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 when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie's world, she learns that 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 is about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.
I do like a good paranormal YA novel and Hexed is exactly the book I was in the mood for. Fast-paced and addictive, it tells the story of sixteen-year-old Indigo Blackwood and what happens when an ancient bible is stolen, a super hot boy starts showing up everywhere and she finds out she might be a witch. Typical teenage stuff, really!
Michelle Krys has done a great job with Hexed, making it a brilliant debut novel with characters I immediately loved. The whole story hooked me too, especially when Indigo finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old witch war that could spell disaster for her and everyone she knows. It's exciting stuff from the very beginning!
Indigo is your typical teenager, cheerleader and high school student. She's sarcastic, a little self-involved and in a relationship with the wrong guy. It's only when her life inexplicably changes that she too changes, realising that there's more to life than football games and sitting at the popular table. I also have to dedicate a bit of time to talking about Bishop, the mysterious boy who keeps showing up everywhere (think cryptic Angel in Buffy Season 1). He's my favourite character from the book, mainly because of what he is and his history, but also because of how he is with Indigo. No spoilers here but I will say that he's VERY nice!
Hexed is like Charmed if it was set in high school and had the cast of Mean Girls. It's a fantastically fun paranormal read with memorable characters and mythology that doesn't seem too far-fetched. I honestly enjoyed every page of it and am already eagerly awaiting the second book in the trilogy. Yay for witches!