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.
If I’m ever asked for a recommendation from a contemporary YA reader for an entrance book into YA paranormal, HEXED would be at the top of the list. Not so much for the caliber of the story, but because it’s a pretty good blending of the two genres in one little package.
When I first started reading, I kept having to remind myself that this was a paranormal offering because it read a lot like the dozens of Mean Girl clones out there in contemporary YA land, complete with Regina George (named Bianca in this iteration.) Since I like that plotline, and the movie, this didn’t detract the read for me, but I wish HEXED had spent a little more time resolving it. At the time, the paranormal aspect was starting to kick in, and that started to take plot precedence, but that resolution felt a little rushed and easily moved past to me.
It’s been a while since witches were on my reading list and I did enjoy a return to that brand of magic. HEXED did a good job of setting up the world, and the rules in it, as well as the distinction between sorcerers and witches/warlocks and how the gifts are passed down. It’s a good setup of good versus evil, magic versus magic that promises to deliver an enjoyable story. Bishop is my favorite of the characters, and I love Jezebel’s snark to bits. Paige is truly a little love as the token human. The jury’s still out on Penny, and Indigo herself – which made it a little difficult to read at times since she’s the narrator. The romance angle, I’ll say, rang very true and gets full marks from me.
I’ll definitely be back for the second book in the series, with the hopes for much more Bishop, more Jezebel and that the somewhat rushed pacing of HEXED slows a little now that there can be more focus on the story since the world-building is already in place.
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