ARC Review: Hexed by Michelle Krys

Hexed (Hexed, #1)

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Publishing HouseDelacorte Press
Number of pages384
Source: ARC from Netgalley
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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.

REVIEW

Fair warning: rant ahead!

At 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 was.

Reading 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 quite tacky and lame. This bland humor made the characters sound a bit like kindergartners.

“They both raise their hands, palms up, making mock-shaped faces at each other.”

See what I mean? That aside, I found the heroine (Indigo) to be very childish, wimpy and plain annoying. She was quite 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 like.”

“Exactly twelve minutes into practice, and I already wish I were dead.”

“Exactly fourteen minutes into practice and I decide I’d rather Bianca were dead.”

Is 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, right? Well, all Indigo did was watch from the sidelines as her not-so-boyfriend fought her battles for her. Definitely not badass.

There are more 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 her.

I 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 this 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 fourteen.

The 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 to.

To 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.

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Overall: 1.4
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Aimee
Aimee is a fifteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.

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  1. says

    This was pretty much me throughout the book. For me, this book was so average, so run-of-the-mill, I couldn’t even gear up the will to review it. Despite the occasional, actual funnies. I liked Jezebel too. (As much as I was capable of liking anyone in this book.)

    Though that scene where she’s bound up and I think her mother dies? Boy I hated it! TOO MUCH DRAMA AND TALKING. WHY??? That villain was soooooooooo lame.
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  2. says

    Yep, I’ll be avoiding this one. The Common YA novel recipe is a little too tired for me. Haha, great comparison with the VA movie. That was pretty sad, but at least it was comically bad xD Anyways, thanks for the review on this one! *takes off TBR*
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  3. says

    I’m so glad I passed this on to Ella and she actually enjoyed it because from your review, I think I would absolutely hate it! I was 15% in and I was already rolling my eyes like there was no tomorrow. Dodged a bullet here! Awesome review Aimee :)
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  4. says

    No! :( Aww…that’s a shame this one fell so flat for you Aimee! :( I can definitely see where you’re coming from though – it stinks to have so many cliche elements in a book. I’ve had my fair share of winy heroines and plots consisting mainly of drama, so I’m definitely going to give this a miss. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! Hopefully your next read is better!
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  5. says

    OMG — “Reading Hexed was like watching the Vampire Academy movie–it seemed like a spoof that was trying a bit too hard to be funny” That one sentence has made me NOT want to pick this book up EVER. LOL i can’t go through something that you just compared to the VA movie. I just can’t!
    i’m sorry that this read was a mess and a major headache! Hopefully your next read is better!
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  6. Larissa says

    Awww /: This is disappointing to hear. I really enjoy reading books about witches but sadly haven’t read many that have lived up to my expectations. I had hopes for this one however it seems like another case. Oh god? Immature and honestly unfunny humor? ick. Indigo also doesn’t sound like a character i’d enjoy, I MEAN YOU HAVE AWESOME WITCHY POWERS. USE THEM. I definitely would if I was in her shoes. Indigo also seems to be very judgmental, like when she describes people like “the little Chinese girl” or saying a guy “clearly never met a bottle of hair gel he didn’t like.” Like really girl? I know a girl in real life who literally has 0 nice things to say about anybody. Like she has one negative thing to say about everybody and she’s truly the most miserable person. It’s horrible -.-

    On top of that there’s hyper sexualization on the cheerleading squad and this Indigo girl doesn’t even care which is essentially promoting it and saying it’s okay. WHICH IT SO ISN’T.

    Don’t think this one is for me, I’m already raging at this book based on your review lol.
    Which was super well written and wonderful btw <33

  7. says

    1.4? Oh no, now I’m actually considering getting it just to see how bad it really is.
    ‘Little Chinese girl’? That’s not endearing to a character, it’s terrible. Honestly, there’s no need for that kind of crap in a book, even if it IS to show how pathetically dense the MC is. Was VA supposed to be a spoof? I totally missed the mark on that one. But if you’re comparing this to the VA movie, I’ll keep my money in my purse I think.

    I love your reviews Aimee, always so sassy <3
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  8. says

    Seriously! Your rant reviews are the bomb girl! There appears to be WAY too many asshats in this book for my tastes, so I’m definitely going to pass on this one, but I sure had fun reading about all of the areas in which this novel failed. LOL

  9. says

    The blurb sounds ok, I guess. The cover is pretty cool though! Love your review. I probably would have the exact same problems as you. Maybe it should be classified as a Middle Grade novel? It’s always a let down when you read what you think is YA, but it actually turns out to have everything a Middle Grade would. I can’t stand characters like that, I probably would have thrown this book to the wall (then apologize, even though it would still be terrible). Great review!
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  10. says

    Oh no! No, no, no! Really? That bad? OMG, I want to read this book so bad. The description of this book sounds super interesting! But, I really thought the main character would be bad-ass. Letting your boyfriend (boytoy) do all the work for you sounds terrible. And yes, it sounds immature! Thanks for the rant!
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  11. Celine says

    This one sounds extremely meh. The humor isn’t exactly my taste, from what I’ve seen so far. Besides, I’m really really tired of girls having their boyfriends fight their battles for them.

    Great review, Aimee <33

  12. says

    Well, another one bites the dust I guess. I was never going to pick this book up, and your review has reiterated why I probably didn’t find this book even remotely interesting to begin with. So many authors rely solely on their “plot” of one specific thing to propel their story, when you need so many things to make up a good story. This book sounds like it has bland, juvenile characters that are much too dumb to exist. Sorry this one wasn’t good, I hope your next read is much better! x
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