- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
- Series: Hexed Series
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385743378
- ISBN-13: 978-0385743372
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 128 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hexed (Hexed Series) Hardcover – June 10, 2014
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
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
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I had such high hopes for this book. I even bought the sequel before starting. I mean teen witches are my kryptonite but this book. Sigh, I wish it was better. The sarcastic one liners and sometimes interesting descriptions almost saved it but about half way through I realized there was no saving this book.
There are mild spoilers but nothing that will give away the ending (even though the last chapter was the only chapter I liked to be honest). Promise.
The author doesn’t do their research for information that gets repeated throughout the book (specifically how genetics work which is basic 7th grade bio knowledge). Everyone knows about Twilight and to be honest, the book feels dated with its pop culture. It’s published in 2014 but everyone feels like they’re stuck in 2008: Jay-Z concerts, Twilight, The Hills. I mean why does the mysterious bad boy with tattoos and a leather jacket know anything of value from Twilight? Let alone EVERYONE ELSE. Maybe I’m being too picky but that combined with lines like “It’s a feminine gesture, yet he obviously doesn’t care, and somehow his self-confidence makes it very masculine,” and “God, are you really that blind? It’s like in kindergarten when a boy pulls a girl’s hair. He likes you,” kill the story for me. Patriarchy does not look good on you, please stop falling into the stereotypes.
Also the needless interjecting from the character herself in the middle of sentences. It breaks the flow and honestly pulled me out of the story…sometimes to the point where I had to reread the sentence five times for me to even understand what was happening.
Everything went too fast. The characters were flat. The author described Indie’s clothing in the most stilted way possible. Indie was the worst friend ever to Paige and yet Paige is the biggest push over. Another character was introduced right in the middle and pulls a dues ex machina while I’m still wondering who the heck she is and the nine lives ring, you’ll understand if you read it, makes no sense and I hate the plot device. It was completely unnecessary.
The book wasn’t the worst I’ve ever read even though I’m being harsh on the rating but dang it’s no better than Twilight which it frequently talks about in the most flippant manner. If you’re a teen and love witches, go ahead and read it, but remember, when a boy pulls your hair he doesn’t like you…he’s a jerk…ignore whatever this book tells you.
1. The Camp: And by camp I mean it's so much FUN like the movie/T.V. show, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." From the snarky and snappy dialogue to the high school stomping grounds, Krys had me at page one. Is Indigo a cheerleader just like the Buffster? Yup. But like Buffy, she's her own person as well. Within the first couple chapters, she sheds the typical high school cheerleader cliche in favor of a more introspective character. The wit with which she narrates her story is top-notch.
2. Blood, Gore, and Homecoming Floats: Krys isn't at all worried about getting her hands dirty. Or bloody, even. When the first death happened, I thought all character deaths would be similar (i.e. killing off a character only to have that person pop up again somehow). Nope. They stayed dead, and this kept me happy. I've never been one for perfectly happy endings where everyone is allowed to live, and Krys didn't disappoint me. Another plus: Her bad guys are BAD. From the way she describes their movements to their super creeptastic dialogue, the baddies upped the freak-out factor (bonus points to the Res. Dog references as well).
3. Believability: Unlike other reviewers, I didn't get an "insta-love" thing between Indigo and Bishop. Now was there insta-lust? Heck, yes. Welcome to being a teenager. One minute the person is the dirt on your shoes and the next he/she is the feather in your cap. And lemme tell you, I'm around teenagers all the freaking time. Krys nailed the reactions perfectly. Same goes with the immaturity and the way these characters function. If you were to blindfold me, I'd still be able to pick out twenty Biancas at my school alone. They exist just as they have in every graduating class since the beginning of time. Um, hello? Josie Pye anyone?
4. Setting: It's like Krys came to stay at my house. Seriously. She didn't fudge one detail.
5. Plot: It moved quickly. Krys didn't spend eons of time on the exposition, opting instead to launch us into the story. Once you're a couple pages in, you better forget about getting anything else done for the rest of the day.
6. The Witchy Factor: I love the details Krys added to her witches. There are some things that never change; however, I felt she kept her version of their skills fresh and didn't rely on common abilities. Nothing makes me yawn louder than characters I've seen in every other paranormal novel. Bishop's lives are an especially interesting take.
Overall: 5 bloody fantastic stars! I can't wait for the next novel!!