Review: Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown (Hexed #1) by Michael Alan Nelson

June 25, 2015 Review 0

Review: Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown (Hexed #1) by Michael Alan NelsonHexed: The Sisters of Witchdown by Michael Alan Nelson
Series: Hexed #1
Published by Pyr on May 5, 2015
Genres: Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 281
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

THE FIRST NOVEL BASED ON THE HEXED COMIC!

Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves, Lucifer for short, isn't your typical teenaged girl.  She's a thief who survives by stealing bad things from bad people in the magical and mystical underworld hidden beneath our own.  So when a policeman's daughter, Gina, is kidnapped by a force he can't explain, Lucifer is the only one who has a chance at getting his daughter back.

With the unsolicited help of Gina's friends, including Gina's boyfriend David, Lucifer's investigation leads to the unfortunate truth of the kidnapping.  Gina was taken to an otherworldly dimension by a creature of unspeakable evil: one of the Seven Sisters of Witchdown.  Against all odds, Lucifer must use every magical tool hidden in her trick bag to steal her way into the Shade and bring Gina back before the Sister sacrifices her for her own dark ends.  But the closer Lucifer gets to Gina, the closer she gets to David.  And David to her.  Lucifer must risk her life by confronting demons, witches, and the cruel demigoddess controlling her destiny - all to save the one girl who stands in the way of Lucifer finally finding love.

I'll admit to being a bit wary of a book based on a comic. In fact, I had very low expectations for HEXED: THE SISTERS OF WITCHDOWN. And while it didn't blow my mind, HEXED was still an enjoyable young adult read with some fun characters and creative mythology.

Lucifer, the heroine of HEXED, is pretty badass. She survives on her own, stealing supernatural objects to keep them out of the hands of the bad guys. She's got mad skills, in my opinion, and is somebody I'd want at my back during a fight. Her backstory is released in bits and pieces, and not having read the graphic novel, I can't say how much comes from that, but I can say that it isn't necessary to understand the full story of HEXED. I would have liked to learned more, but again, maybe that's in the graphic novel!

HEXED has some really great emotional moments in it, which was another thing I wasn't expecting. What happens to Lucifer at the end is very sad and I totally felt that along with her. Lucifer's willingness to keep going, to save Gina, despite the fact that she was falling in love with David, Gina's boyfriend, shows that she has a strong moral code, even if she did question her actions a few times - it only made her seem more like a real teenager.

I would say that it felt like the ending was a bit rushed, and the pacing in other parts wasn't the greatest. There were some things that were focused on that I felt maybe didn't add that much to the book, and some scenes seemed put in because they needed an answer to a question later.

HEXED is a bit of a thrill ride from start to finish. From the prologue, where Gina is literally grabbed through a mirror, the book grabbed me in a similar fashion, and I didn't want to put it down. If you're looking for something fun and action-filled, HEXED is the book for you.

Series Titles:
  1. Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For another story about a thief who steals supernatural objects, try COLD BURN OF MAGIC by Jennnifer Estep.
  • For the graphic novel, try HEXED by Michael Alan Nelson and Emma Rios.
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