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If high school is all about social status Indigo Blackwood has it made Sure her uirky 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 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 tooSuddenly 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

10 thoughts on “Hexed

  1. says:

    “Go on” he says “I like it rough”Double ugh I’m suddenly acutely aware that I’m straddling him—wearing a micromini and heels no less—and I can’t roll off him fast enough“You’re sick you know” Meet your main characters She's a brainless cheerleader and he's a stalkerThis book is a cesspool of insipidity into which there is no return It makes much reviled works of art like Twilight read like the fucking Magna CartaIt has1 A stupid shallow bitchy cheerleader stereotype which wouldn’t be so bad except that it’s the fucking main character2 Too stupid to live syndrome Despite the fact that she has the 3rd highest GPA in school I see no evidence of it3 A love triangle between an asshole jock and a creepy but hot stalker The sad thing is that I’d pick the brainless asshole jock over the stalker Guess who she’ll end up with Gasp Shock4 A view that females should be submissive within a relationship5 No true euivalent female friendship We’ve been best friends since the first grade and he’s just some guy Some sickeningly hot captain of the football team guy which they proceed to fight over slow clapReally this book is just fucking horribleThe Summary I’m almost at the lip of the dining room entrance when at the last minute I lop off half the mountain of mashed potatoes I don’t want people thinking I’m eating my feelings And then I make my way to the Pretty People table Indigo “Indie” has the perfect life She is the hair flips cheerleader in the school suad She’s blond haired with the perfect body She’s in a group of the Pretty People seriously that’s what they call themselves She’s got the 3rd highest GPA in school despite the fact that we nary ever see her perfect ass touch a classroom chair She’s dating the most perfect gorgeous jock in the entire school So what if her mom’s a batty Wiccan? Indie’s still got it made She and the girls on the Cheer suad have got it made For many of them this is the pinnacle of their lives She launches into an inspirational pregame speech about precious high school memories and the importance of showing off our hot bods while we still have them Indie? She’s the perfect combination of booty beauty and brains The latter is highly debatable given what will happen nextShe is the envy of the girls at school; her only rival is best frenemy Bianca who secretly desires the hunkalicious Devon but it’s all good because Devon only loves Indie I mean out of all the girls in the world Devon chose Indie to take to a Jay Z concert Devon could have brought anyone in the world to that concert and he chose me Watch the name dropping in this book There will be many Maybe she’s born with it Maybe it’s bullshit MaybellineLife is good Until theLeather Jacket guy almost lands on her car in a bloody splat and what’s weird is that he’s holding a scrap of paper with her address on itWhat makes it weirder is that he shows up at school several days later to make fun of her during a cheer routine in a school football game What a fucking charmer At first the guy looks like he’s trying to hold back but then he bursts into laughter again—a full bellied brace your stomach fit—and I get the distinct impression he’s laughing at me But it’s just this one time right? There’s just no way he’sfollowing her right? A chill ripples through meHe followed me Well The light from a streetlamp etches shadows into his laugh lines and makes his smirk look sinister He pushes off the wall“Don’t come any closer” Weeeeeeeeell “Oh I’m sorry Am I not handling the news that you’ve been stalking me as well as you’d hoped?”He grins“And why are you following me? That’s pretty creepy you know” But what the hell YA heroines were never known for their intelligence anywayAnd speaking of intelligence it doesn’t run in the family Apparently there is this SUPER SECRET SPECIAL BIBLE Not the like Holy Bible but the WITCHY BIBLE Her mother is obsessed with it and mommy wants to keep it a secret SOOOOOO MUCH that she1 Tells her daughter about it constantly and reminds her of how important it is2 Keeps it in her fucking store instead of say A FUCKING SAFE IN A HIGH SECURITY BANKLeather Jacket dude is Bishop stalker extraordinaire Apparently Indie is special she could be a witch they have 2 sets of recessive genes Will they be able to train Indie to be a witch long enough to protect her? Will they be able to stop gazing lovingly into each other's eyes before Bishop shoves her from a ledge in order to force her to learn to fly? I want to scream at him Tell him he’s a jerk for waiting so long to catch me but then I become hyperaware that we’re face to face that the length of our bodies are pressed together and I don’t say any of those things Will she forgive him? Of courseIndie is just another word for boring And Bishop said cheerleaders aren’t smartExcept that maybe he’s right Because wasn’t this—the social suicide of being seen at a party with Paige—what I was just trying to avoid? The only thing that prevents Indie from being your standard Mary Sue is the fact that she is hot shit and she knows it In most YA books we have a Mean Girl ueen Bee trope In this book the Indie IS the ueen Bee As previously mentioned she is beautiful she is popular she is the envy of all the girls and the object of desire for the boyz being one of the aforementioned cheerleaders who’s not shy about her body as mentioned by the awesome second part of the love triangle “Oh right” Bishop nods sagely “Forgot you flashed your ass to half of Los Angeles earlier Not shy at all” She is the epitome of the shallow self absorbed cheerleader who cares about nothing but her reputation and popularity It didn’t make sense to me that she didn’t want to be popular She thinks everyone’s exactly like her Indie feels like everyone in high school has one goal in life that of popularity It doesn’t matter who her friends are she will step over them and abandon them in her way to the top Indie likes her throne She wants to maintain her place in the school status uo and it takes the biggest fucking event ever to get her to snap out of her bullshit and no I don’t have any sympathy with her for itShe is the kind of person who doesn’t give a shit about her friends unless they’re popular like fellow ueen Bee Bianca Her other childhood “friend” Paige isn’t so much as a friend as a convenience There to be used when needed She has no consideration for others she sees nothing wrong in using others – after all Indie is the ueen Other people exist only to serve her ladyshipIndie is a submissive girlfriend as smart as she claims to be as popular as she is she sees herself as an extension of her hot super popular boyfriend Devon She goes out of her way to be pleasant to him she makes out with him and lets him kiss her and grope her because it is her duty as a girlfriend It is a stupid fucking submissive attitude that sends the wrong message to young women You do not OWE your boyfriend anything much less your bodyToo Stupid To Live “Well I’m not just going to let him get away am I?”“Nooo” she says throwing as much sarcasm into one word as humanly possible “you definitely want to run toward the ax murderer” The third highest GPA in the school This is what we have ladies and gentlemen She thinks nothing of letting a weirdo who might have broken into her house INTO her house She thinks nothing of following weird creepazoid into the dark She trusts whom she shouldn’t Indie acknowledges her own idiocy while never attempting to abate it It would be dumb to get out of the car Worse than dumb idiotic But I’ve come this far already and I can’t imagine the grocery list of bad decisions I’ve made to this point being for nothing This is her book so naturally she lives If it weren’t we’d be reading a tragic headline about GIRL FOUND DEAD IN DESERTED RAVINE IN HOLLYWOODThe Romance I’ve never wanted to be kissed so badly so of course this would be the time Mom pops into my head—the Mom from the theater with the knife in her temple The guilt from the car ride comes crashing over me like a tidal wave How can I be doing this? Because there's nothing romantic than getting into a romantic moment while thinking about your dead momOh here we go again Another love triangle and one of whom is my most reviled trope of all the stalker Oh yeah but he has an excuse to stalk her That makes it all better right? That makes it fucking less creepy right? That gives him the right to be a fucking asshole to her right? How about fucking no?Bishop is a fucking creep He makes fun of her because she is a cheerleader He mocks her scantily clad cheerleader clothes and her cheers He laughs at her stupidity He thinks it’s just fucking fine to be condescending to a girl whom he is supposed to protect I was starting to think you ride the short bus to school” And his words of romance are just legendary Shakespeare's got nothing on this dude “Oh come on” Bishop says “He’s obviously really stupid if he’d choose that chick over you”“Shut up” I mumble“I mean it” he says “She’s so obvious Blond hair big tits It’s really lame Even if her tits are pretty nice”I groan“I’m kidding They’re just mediocre” The stalker trope is not ok A creepy patronizing asshat is not ok as a love interest and I am so fucking sick of this shit

  2. says:

    Finally I’m done with it And himI will never ever ever read it againAnd I will never ever ever read the seuelEVERY character except for Indigo’s mom is despicable and I hated them all especially Bishop the most slap worthy character I’ve encountered this year He’s all on making jokes BAD ONES every time In every scene Even when they’re in danger I was always wondering why? Why is he doing that? Does he think he’s funny somehow? Or is he just one completely immature person?Indigogirl you need a wake up call She’s always thinking what everyone could think of her She doesn’t want to help a girl Paige because she’s afraid people will start to ditch her OH NO They could think she’s hanging out with a ‘loser’ as the author kept describing her and no one will ever speak to her again PleaseYou know this book is actually not that bad if we stop thinking about the characters for a second It’s fast paced and has a good writing The problem is what the author wrote about and the characters that I kept wanting to shake of courseThe thing is this is the kind of book that if I had a teen on my own won’t happen before many many years I wouldn’t let herhim read the book Why? Because there is no wonderful message or something good that could stick with herhim or inspire herhim It only makes us learn throughout the book that life in high school is a bitch that we have to act and be cool to be popular and respectedthat geeky people like Paige are treated poorly and are ‘at the bottom’ and that people are cheated and lied to constantly Sure Indigo and Paige become ‘friends’ at some point STILL Indigo said some not very nice things about her and she doesn’t even act like a true friend to Paige when this latter is always there if Indigo needs any help I felt so so bad for Paige but what I didn’t like is that the author made her sound annoying and like a stalker when all she wants deep inside her is a friendAnother thing that I had problem with isthe whole story I mean in the end I realized that everything that happened wasn’t supposed to happen that it could have been easily avoided I meaneverything they did ended up being for nothing when they discovered the truthAlso beware cliffhanger

  3. says:

    Author here I hope you have as much fun reading this book as I had writing itCheersMichelle

  4. says:

    Fair warning rant aheadAt first glance Hexed would seem like a totally creepy thrilling read right? It ended up being a funny book No not the good kind of funny It was the kind of book that was really weird and made me laugh because of how absurd it wasReading Hexed was like watching the Vampire Academy movie it seemed like a spoof that was trying a bit too hard to be funny that it ended up being uite tacky and lame This bland humor made the characters sound a bit like kindergartnersThey both raise their hands palms up making mock shaped faces at each otherSee what I mean? That aside I found the heroine Indigo to be very childish wimpy and plain annoying She was uite shallow as well It could be because I'm very nitpicky but Indigo thought a lot about other people calling them the little Chinese girl or saying a guy clearly never met a bottle of hair gel he didn't likeExactly twelve minutes into practice and I already wish I were deadExactly fourteen minutes into practice and I decide I'd rather Bianca were deadIs it just me or does her humor sound kind of dry? It definitely reminded me of my 10 year old brother and his bad jokes that only he laughs at And since Indigo's a witch it's in the synopsis you'd expect her to be kickin' some ass yeah? Well all Indigo did was watch from the sidelines as her not so boyfriend fought her battles for her Definitely not badassThere are specific instances of why Indigo's character was unlikable for me For one when she saw a dead guy on the street holding a piece of paper she took it Girl I'm pretty sure it's against the law to steal useful case evidences It was part of their cheer to lift their skirts and show their asses to the world and she was fine with it Um okay Indigo felt that everything was about her When Bishop the not so boyfriend stated that the good witches didn't care about her mother she even gasped Not everyone gives a shit about your problems She had that in denial stage where she wouldn't believe anyone who told her that Bishop cared about herI didn't like most of the other characters either The only character who I did like was Jezebel Bishop's ex She was pretty badass and was pretty honest even about the bad things Most of them had so much potential to be amazing kick ass characters but they all had these somewhat childish voices They sounded like characters from a middle grade novel saying things like The Chinese frickin' Theatre? That sounds a lot like me and I'm fourteenThe plot was okay some things were explained well others weren't There were twists that did surprise me but the characters' idiocy constantly got in the way of what could've been a really engaging story for me The writing didn't help much either For some reason I wasn't able to connect with the story as much as I would've wanted toTo be blunt Hexed is what I'd call a common YA novel wimpy heroine bad boy who saves the girl an asshat best friend an asshat ex boyfriend and a load of drama covered up by some of action and fantasy

  5. says:

    Sucky book is sucky no Because I DNFed itIt's still sucky

  6. says:

    45 starsAlso reviewed for Addicted2HeroinesI've been searching for a book centering on witches for a while now but nothing ever really clicked with me Until HexedBut hear me out before you run out and buy this one because some of the things I absolutely loved about this sucker might be the very same things that turn you offFirst Indigo is not a heroine that you would normally cheer for She's shallow but not self absorbed enough that she doesn't realize it And not shallow in a cutesy way like Buffy either She's not worried that her hair is messed up she's worried that bringing a nerd to a party will be the social death of her In fact it would have made sense for the author to make Paige the above mentioned nerd the heroine Paige is smart kind and bookish And let's face it most readers tend to gravitate toward a character they can relate to Although smart and kind are sort of a toss up for mePersonally I loved that Ms Krys didn't go the easy route and give us yet another cookie cutter heroine that we all feel comfortable with I mean you've got to work at it to like Indigo especially in the beginning of the book She changes over the course of the book but it happens slowlyjust like it should There is no huge moment when she realizes the error of ways and then totally transforms Even when she initially starts taking baby steps toward shedding her old ways there is still a part of her that is mortifiedAt a pivotal point in the book there's a death that rocks Indigo's world In the middle of all of this her relationship with Bishop is starting to morph into something as well And I can hear the naysayers sueaking that 'at a time like that' Indigo would not be interested in pursuing a relationshipBzzzt WrongHaving gone through the same person dyingat the same age as IndigoI can most assuredly tell you that the things going through her head were written in a realistic light Been there Done that Minus the magicBeyond the main characters the secondary characters were thoroughly enjoyable The bad guys were bad and the good guys weresort of bad too In fact there were lots of ambiguous individuals in the bookI'm also awarding bonus points for there being no insta love in the book Or for that matter even insta attraction because it takes Indigo a while to start thinking of Bishop as a datable guy I liked being able to take a break from the magical soulmates theme that tends to run through a lot of the paranormal stuff I readThe magic itself was big and fun Lots of spells flying around and for that matter lots of flying in general So if you prefer a subtle brand of witchcraft you may not be in love with HexedMe?I like the Harry Potter stuffGo big or go homeI typically get bored with witches who have to sit around chanting and making potions in order to get a seed to grow Zap that shit with your wand or something Hell Miracle Grow works just as fast as the lame spell you're usingBut that's just me A lot of people prefer a subdued approachCliffhanger?Why yes Yes there isNicely done I might add The story is wrapping up everyone is smiling and in love and I keep thinking that the author is forgetting about something It wasn't a HUGE thingbut I was still annoyed that it wasn't being addressed I mean don't you just hate it when there's that teeny little thread that gets left out of the conclusion? Hey whatever happened to so n so or such n such you know?ThenBAMSo I guess the author didn't forget after allNice I received a digital arc from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  7. says:

    Michelle Krys' HEXED was such a refreshing fun read In a world of super serious YA books saturated in darkness HEXED manages to stand apart from the pack Yes you'll find intrigue mystery and bad guys but there's gut clenching spot on humor too and that's hard won I adored Indie a girl with weaknesses and fears who manages to be brave anyway And Bishop Well I've already claimed him as mine Paige is also a rock star character I loved from the start If you want a fast paced story with sizzling tension uality characters and snappy humor HEXED is for you

  8. says:

    Having had the privilege of reading this book prior to its release I can say that it's one of the best books I've ever read The writing is amazing the plot is fast paced the main character Indie is so witty and hysterical and there's incredible chemistry between Indie and her love interest Even the supporting characters are all well developed stand out characters each with their own little uirks and complexities No stock characters here I wasn't bored for one single second while reading this book It's definitely a page turner and I would recommend this book to anyone

  9. says:

    See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsWant a good witch book? Keep looking As much as I wanted this to turn out well Hexed was just filled with too many cliché tropes This book made me want to laugh and not in a good wayChildish stereotypical and idiotic main character? CHECK Indigo is a cheerleader who once flashed her ass to a crowd at a football match; she is best friends with the ueen B Bianca she’s also the girlfriend of the captain of the football team received the 3rd highest GPA at her school and uses everyone around her like pawns on a chessboard Oh and she might even be a witch with superpowers HOW AWESOME IS THAT? Indigo has everything; she is everything Oh but that’s just what everyone thinks Because her so called best friend flirts with her boyfriend who she doesn’t think she deserves and is a total bitch to Indigo Correction a total bitch in general“Hey bitches I need help taking these mats back” Bianca says By “help” she means do it for herAw poor Indigo What a rude friend OR MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE SMART LIKE YOUR 3RD HIGHEST GPA IN THE SCHOOL SUGGESTS AND GET BETTER FRIENDS Talking about Indigo’s smartness not once does she prove that she’s actually as smart as what she got for her GPA She legit does nothing but cry and wail until someone comes to help her In most cases that someone is the mysterious but smokin’ hot Bishop Oh and Indigo’s selfishness and self importance are absolutely infuriating To summarise uickly Indigo has a loner neighbour named Paige who would never take a hint and leave Indigo alone However one night when Indigo is in trouble and has no one else to go to she calls Paige—who finally made a friend and was staying at her friend’s house for the night—then Indigo forces her to come and help her find a book and a stranger in the middle of the night Riiight Indigo she’s not your bloody dog Paige has her own life and like her you can’t take a hint and just leave her alone You’ve ignored her your entire life and yet you go up to her one day and expect that she will help you just because you said so“Can we all not be having such a great time right now? My mom’s in trouble remember?” Paige sinks back into her seat as Bishop mumbles apologiesWe feel sorry for you Indigo But that doesn’t mean everyone has to be bawling their eyes out and being mournfully pessimistic like youAnd then I make my way to the Pretty People tableWhat You did not just call yourselves the Pretty People No Nope NOPE headdesk This book possibly has the worst possible heroine Finding a book that she doesn’t give a crap about and trusting a stranger that you’ve just met because he’s good looking? Highly suspicious and idiotic if you ask me The writing and plot are no better I commend it for reflecting the main character’s personality well but god it was terribly childish “ blink at him a bunch” etc Let me be blunt it just doesn’t work Further the plot is basically pulled together by coincidence after coincidence There’s a scene when Indigo is in a crisis with Bishop and her mother stuck in a screen and so conveniently does a random chick fly in and save Bishop—who then saves Indigo I totally believe everything and am totally okay with all this I don’t suspect anything or find this incredibly mediocre or cliché Guys save your time and don’t bother with this book We have cliché characters pointless drama poor writing and plot and stupid romance Nothing interesting here

  10. says:

    This was an incredible read I laughed out loud throughout the whole book Indie was hilarious And I loved the banter between her and Bishop And don't even get me started on Bishop What a dreamboat lol The plot was very fast paced which I loved It's a must read