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Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Author: Michelle Krys
Length: 384 pages
Publication: June 10th 2014 by Delacorte Press
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.
‘Hexed’ is written in first person present tense with the narrator being Indigo Blackwood. As a teenager, it can be expected that she is juvenile and self-obsessed, but she goes a bit overboard with her self-interest and need to fit in. It reaches a point where the narration is more annoying than interesting.
Pacing: This novel drags. Information is leaked throughout the book to keep it interesting, but it’s given away so slowly that there is no sense of urgency. To add to it, the character’s motivation is removed from the book far too soon. As a result, the rest of the book seems to lack all purpose.
World: The novel is set in L.A. However, it reads as though everyone should be familiar with L.A., offering very little in way of descriptive detail. Even the descriptions that are utilized, lack clarity, making the world and scenes jumbled and unimaginable.
Writing: The writing utilizes the character’s voice as expected of a first-person point of view, but the main character is annoying. Thus, the writing comes off as childish because there is too much cliche teenager voice in it. The writing style is therefore frustrating, annoying, and adds to the dislike of the main character.
Non-Spoilered Plot: Indigo Blackwood thought she had it made with the star quarterback as her boyfriend and an elite spot on the cheerleading squad. The only thing that could make her life better is her mother not being a little crazy about witches and protecting an old bible. Yet, her mother isn’t as crazy as she seems when Indigo finds out that not only is she a witch, but people are hunting her and the bible to destroy witches altogether. Now, Indigo must face a world she never wanted anything to do with.
Character: Indigo Blackwood is a self-obsessed, childish teenager who is too caught up in being popular to be a nice person. She’s also too caught in being popular to call out her friends for calling her mother a freak and her boyfriend for being a total jerkwad. What’s worse, is when she finally has no choice but to give them, she forces her friendship on a girl because Indigo is too afraid to be alone. In so doing, she puts the girl in danger without acting like a true friend.
Plot: At first glance, one would suspect the main plot of this novel to be rebirth because Indigo Blackwood is such an annoying, pathetic, selfish character in the beginning. Thus, we expect for her to grow and become a better person. However, given that she doesn’t actually become a better person later on, nor learn from her foolishness, or care about anyone other than herself, this is not the main plot of the book (or even a subplot).
Rather, the main plot is ‘overcoming the monster’ because Indigo must face that she’s a witch and use her newfound powers and ‘friends’ to beat the Sorcerers who are trying to kill her and all of witch kind. And I put friends in apostrophes because neither Bishop nor Paige nor Jezebel can be counted as friends for Indigo because Indigo doesn’t treat them like friends. In fact, the main reason Indigo is such an annoying character is because she doesn’t know how to be a friend.
Indigo spends so much of her time trying to be such a selfish, hurtful bitch that actually becomes one. It isn’t until she catches her ‘best friend’ (who acts like an even bigger, blatant bitch) and her boyfriend (who’s a complete scumbag and doesn’t try to hide it) screwing each other that Indigo realizes they aren’t her real friends. Even though, her ‘best friend’ has made it blatantly clear how much she wants Indigo’s boyfriend. You really think she’s your friend? You really think she won’t steal him? Come on! Stop being so naive!
Only when she realizes those two are worthless as dirt does she go crawling back to Paige, a girl who wanted nothing but to be friends before Indigo cared so much about her image. Yet, Paige is too nice of a person to tell Indigo that she’s been transformed into a she-witch (and I don’t mean the nice kind). Instead, she lets Indigo drag her around and use her when nothing good comes out of it for Paige, considering Indigo consistently puts her life in danger.
Yet, the worst part of all is that this book blatantly pushes Indigo together with Bishop, like it’s a romance novel. It’s so obvious in fact, that if they didn’t get together it would be considered a plot twist, but they do and they defeat the Sorcerers and Indigo is the reason Paige is taken captive. Now that we have come full circle with Indigo’s incessant selfishness, I leave my rating of this book, ‘Hexed’, at one star (because I finished it.)
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