Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Published: June 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 384
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: 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.

I had been eyeing Hexed for a few months before I actually bought it to read.  I'm not sure what made me hesitate.  Probably the fact that I had reached my 4 books at a time reading limit.  

So let's talk a bit about the author, Michelle Krys.  Michelle is Canadian and lives in Ontario with her her family.  She is GORGEOUS and hilarious at the same time. If you read her website, you'll discover that she often gets mistaken for her identical twin or compared to Elaine from Seinfeld.  I love that she is Canadian.  Sometimes we don't always point out our Canadian authors (maybe besides Lesley Livingston and Kelley Armstrong) but there are ton of great Canadian YA authors out there and Michelle Krys is one of them!  

So let's begin, shall we?  Indigo Blackwood seems to have a great life, envied by many, popular and dating one of the hottest guys at school.  However, she is (unknowingly) a witch and this comes to light after a tragedy exposes secrets in her family.  Enter sexy leather toting bad boy with a bad attitude, Bishop.  He is lovely.  And like I said before he has a bit of an attitude but he is there to help our Indigo find her way and perhaps there is a little bit of romance involved.  

At the beginning the story began as a bit of a path well-traveled - the best friend/boyfriend scenario with jealous rivalry and competition but then things take a bit of a turn.  Indigo starts from being slightly self-absorbed and concerned about peer pressure to someone who begins to develop more character and identity.  It will be interesting to see where book #2 takes us.  Hexed has a LOT of potential. 

Overall I enjoyed Hexed even though it began as a bit of an angsty novel for me. Indigo may have been a key character but it was Paige who really showed some true heroism.  She stuck up for a friend who had dumped her years earlier. I am a stickler for loyal friendships.  To me, they help define your character and after reading about Indigo and how she treated Paige,  I almost tossed her into the DNF pile.  Glad I stuck it out though because things got much better.  Bishop starts to develop more than smart-ass remarks and gains some depth while Indigo develops a backbone with the school "Pretties".  Yay for team "Stand up for Yourself"!  Try this one out for an ISU.  There are plenty of themes to choose from and buy the book from a store to support another great Canadian author! woot! woot!

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