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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385743378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385743372
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Sixteen-year-old Indigo Blackwood wants nothing more than to focus on her position on the cheerleading squad, her new boyfriend Devon, and patching things up with her jealous friend Bianca. Hoping to increase her popularity, Indigo is eager to avoid her nerdy former friend Paige. The teen is also embarrassed by her New Age hippie mother, who runs an occult shop in Los Angeles, and her party animal aunt Penny. After witnessing an apparent suicide, however, Indigo soon finds herself in the center of a top-secret bloody feud between dueling factions of wizards and sorcerers. Her family has been tasked with protecting a witchcraft Bible that holds the key to destroying witches everywhere. Villains Frederick and Leo's powers are truly far-reaching, as they wipe memories, use telepathy, and freeze the entire city for their epic showdown. With the aid of a hunky stranger, Indigo must quickly master her newly developed magical flying abilities in order to protect her friends and family. There is a hint of a love triangle and plenty of drama as the protagonist discovers who her true friends are. Krys's debut novel offers a fast-paced plot with plenty of shocking twists and turns and a cliff-hanger ending that will appeal to fans of paranormal romances.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA

From Booklist

Debut author Krys finds the funny and fantastical sweet spot between magic and high-school drama in this mash-up of Mean Girls and The Craft. Snarky L.A. teen Indigo Blackwood, popular girl and cheerleader extraordinaire, has a pretty normal life dating the captain of the football team and avoiding her dorky neighbor, Paige, as much as humanly possible. That all comes to a crashing halt, though, when Indie and Paige witness the death of a young man right in the middle of Melrose Avenue, setting off a string of supernatural events. As it turns out, Indigo is the latest in a long line of witches who protect a powerful heirloom book called The Bible. Before she knows it, Indigo gets yanked into a war between witches and sorcerers, and she is forced to grow up fast while discovering the extent of her power. Indigo is not always relatable and sometimes very shallow, but Krys deftly balances the teen’s personal growth with the well-paced twists and turns of this series opener. Grades 8-11. --Stacey Comfort

More About the Author

Michelle Krys lives with her husband and son in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. She works part-time as a NICU nurse and spends her free time writing books for teens. Michelle is probably not a witch, though she did belong to a witchcraft club in the fifth grade and "levitated" people in her bedroom, so that may be up for debate. Hexed is her first novel. Visit her at michellekrys.com or follow @MichelleKrys on Twitter.

Customer Reviews

Hexed was a fun read that had a contemporary take on witches.
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There are other secondary characters, all of them were well written and had a solid personality.
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Thought the ending felt a little rushed and the setup for the next book was a bit awkward.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Graves VINE VOICE on May 8, 2014
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Ok I'm not the target audience for Hexed but I have a pretty wide line of reading interests and I will say I liked this.

Indi, short for Indigo is you're typical high school queen, popular, dating the football team captain and able to ignore less cool kids at will. Her only problem is her loving but loopy new age obsessed mom who could embarrass anyone. And in a night this all changes as Indie discovers she maybe a witch and is suddenly caught up in a war between different magical factions which doesn't really care if mundanes get hurt.

Hexed isn't "Harry Potter" and Indi would be just as happy to be a normal girl who never knew about these things but as the story unfolds she learns about what a real friend is and what life is about. The writing style flows easily and makes this a fun little read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber R. on July 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I decided to pick up Hexed because I had been reading some lengthy epic fantasies and urban fantasies and wanted a lighter young adult fantasy. And that is exactly what I got with Hexed. I had a lot of fun while reading Hexed and it was a very quick read. It wasn’t the most poignant, issue driven book in the world, but I enjoyed it.

I think that Krys completely nailed the setting and characters. Indigo’s life and reactions to her situations felt true and real. I was a little worried at first that Indigo would be portrayed as stereotypical dumb valley girl cheerleader. She was, at first, but she also grew up a little throughout the book. She was a little selfish and immature, but I appreciated her feisty, sarcastic attitude. Whoever compared this to Bring It On with witches was spot on.

I liked that Indigo grew from a mean girl to a real person throughout the book. Although the mean girl/jock popular kids stereotype is overused, it worked for this book. I do wish that we would have spent less time with Bianca and the homecoming king and more time with Paige. Paige was an interesting character, but also felt a bit stereotypical - dorky best friend next door that popular girl doesn’t want to hang out with until she loses her popular friends. But she was spunky and loyal and I liked her character a lot.

I also wish that there would have been more witchiness and less high school drama. I really liked the good versus evil set up, especially with the twist that the bad guys can’t kill the good guys without losing their evil powers. I also liked Indigo's training and finding her witchy powers. Hopefully the next book is more witchy and less drama.

I also couldn’t completely connect with the romance - there was a little bit of insta-love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krystal James VINE VOICE on June 24, 2014
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The Craft meets Bring It On? SPOT ON. As a huge fan of both of those movies...I can say that's actually pretty accurate. So if you liked either of those, then you'll like this book.

So, I'll just dive right into my thoughts. First: I hate the tagline. Like, really? This isn't the 90s. But, hou know, I thought this book was really good. It's right up my alley: funny, unexpectedly violent, and it had it's fair share of creepy moments.

Now about Indigo Blackwood (LOVE that name!) She's a blonde cheerleader and super shallow, but part of the fun of the book was watching her grow out of that some. And it was really interesting to have the shallow, blonde cheerleader as the main character for a change. Not everyone is going to like that, but I was so interested in the plot line, even if she had been getting on my nerves (which she wasn't), I would have kept reading anyway.

There were only three things I didn't like: the tagline, Bianca the head cheerleader, and this one scene where the MC is puking.

First point: The tagline is just...just no. But I don't put books down for cheesy taglines. Second point: I don't like Bianca because she's very...one dimensional. Her involvement in the plot was very expected and she was every bit the typical snot. The last point: I don't like puking period. I was pulled out of the story for a few minutes, but this is half me just being weird about it and half of it being the way it was described, which was disgusting.

The main characters: Indigo was interesting. I can't say I like her per se, but I cared and when she was upset, I felt it. I really sympathized with her. Then there's Bishop, who I'm calling Neck Tattoo Guy in my head. He was kind of obnoxious actually, but I really liked him.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Bumble Girl on June 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Michelle Krys' remarkable writing has me wrapped around her little finger - she brilliantly has created a one-of-a-kind 'witch' story with witty humor, loss and an intriguing plot.

Indigo is at the top of her game - most popular girl, dating the most popular hot guy, cheerleader, top grades, living the high school dream. She's quite into herself, and the funny thing about her is that she knows it too. She is so wrapped up in what her peers will think, it has completely taken over her life. She knows its wrong, but what's a girl to do when you've worked so hard to get to the top.

... and then Bishop comes crashing into her life!

Yes, he really does crash into her life, unknowingly at first. And this is when the fun, the magic, the moment that Indie starts to question everything in her life, slowly begins.
And then, tragedy happens. And Indie must reach out to an old friend for help. Paige has always been there for her even though she's too 'nerdy' to be Indie's friend now. But Paige won't turn her back on Indie, no matter what Indie's done to her in the past - she gives her a bit of grief and subtly reminds her that she doesn't have to help Indie. Indie slowly comes to realize that things need to change, have changed and she is going to learn to accept these things.

There are witches and sorcerers. Lots of magic flying about.
Who are the good guys? The bad guys? Are the good guys really good?
The mystery!!! The plot thickens and gets better and better deeper into the book...

The characters are so unique -
Indigo is shallow, but not typical. Like I mentioned above, she has a reputation she wants to uphold within her peers, but she doesn't care how she looks or what car she drives.
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