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Hexed

by Michelle Krys

Doubleday Canada | June 10, 2014 | Hardcover

Hexed is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 8.
It''s The Craft meets Bring It On in Hexed, the first novel in a brand-new series from debut author Michelle Krys in which a snarky sixteen-year-old cheerleader is forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers only to uncover the first of many dark truths about her life... 
   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 when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie''s world, 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.54 × 5.81 × 1.11 in

Published: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385680503

ISBN - 13: 9780385680509

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Combines snarky cheerleaders with magic! The first thing I noticed about this book was the tag line, ?Something witchy this way comes.? And that is from the Harry Potter song they had promoting one of the movies so naturally it attracted me to the book. Oh did I mention that cover also creeped me out so much? The model's expression never sat right with me. We meet Indigo and I just love that she has a unique name already. She starts off as this cliche shallow cheerleader, but she does go through a character ARC and changes her demeanor. I don't blame Indigo at all since that was one crazy plot twist that didn't need to happen, but I thought it was a turning point which makes her change. Kind of like a domino effect. I liked the world that was brought up and the witch war that was happening. I wanted more from the world and more explanations about how and why it started, but I'm guessing more will be revealed since it ended on a cliffhanger. I didn't particularly like any of the characters (except Paige) and wasn't swooning over Bishop, because I thought their relationship was too fast. I also found Paige to be the one voice of reason in the entire book and I want her to be more of a focus as well. As for the plot, I thought it was wonderful and the twists and turns were great. I really am curious to know more about why they're at war in the first place. Overall, if you're looking for a new witch themed book, make sure to check this one out. It combines snarky cheerleaders with magic!
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start Hexed is about a girl named Indigo and she is a very normal girl other than her mom running a witch craft shop, her and her best friend Bianca are popular in school, she's a cheerleader and she's dating the quarterback football star, this all changes when she see's someone die in the middle of the street, Indigo finds out she may be a witch and now she needs to protect herself and her new friends from some evil Sorcerers and deal with her growing feelings for a Warlock. Simple right?..... This is Michelle Krys first book and I thought for a first timer it was really great, I thought the concept of the book was a lot of fun, I haven't read a lot of witch books and this was a really light and fun one for the most part. I will say that even though I did like this book it didn't blow me away, I would have liked a little more development with the story as well as the characters, there were times that the story bounced around too fast but it was still really enjoyable. I liked Indigo as a character, she was a bit immature in the beginning of the book but she grew up by the end, Bishop was a fun character I loved his witty remarks throughout the story but again more development with him would have been nice. Overall the book was a great read and I look forward to more by this author and I would recommend this book to anyone that loves Paranormal Young Adult.
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I ordered my copies in advance and patiently waited for my books to come in. When they finally arrived I started to read it it right away and couldn't put it down, luckily it was a quiet 12 hour night shift in NICU. It was so thrilling right away and I could not get enough of it. If you love Vampire Diaries this is the book for you. Its such an easy read and the main character Indigo has the greatest sarcasm and humor you will die laughing. The end of this novel has such a crazy twist that it will have you wanting more. I can not wait to read the next one!!
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addicting Debut Indigo Blackwood is set for high school. She's a cheerleader, dating the football star, she and her friends own the school. Even with working at her mom's occult shop and a nerdy neighbor determined to be her friend, Indie feels unstoppable. Then someone dies right in front of her, an old bible is stolen from the shop, and Indie learns the truth about her family's history. A strange boy named Bishop starts hanging around the same time the trouble stars and seems to love antagonizing Indie, but claims to want to help her. According to him, they must get the stolen bible back or all witches, including Indie, will die. I really enjoyed this book. I think it could be one that ends up being a book people either really like or really dislike, not a whole lot of 'it was decent/okay'. I'm glad I fell on the enjoyed it side. Indie, the main character, is one of those character that can be hard to like. She's a bit shallow, overly concerned with popularity, the kind of character that could have fallen in complete cheerleader stereotype. But then we get to see this snarky side to her, a girl who cares about her mother and her aunt, this girl who starts to show growth throughout the book and turn into someone easy to root for. I really loved the relationship she had with her mom, really just her mom in general was awesome. The relationship between Indie and Bishop was also a lot of fun to read. It definitely wasn't insta-love, maybe an instant love of getting under each other's skin. There was a lot of snarking at each other that made for great laughs and obvious chemistry. The pacing was fast but it never felt rushed until close to the end. There was a lot going on in the last 50 pages or so. The writing really flowed during transitions in the mood so I was never brought out of the story and the humor felt natural, not forced into the story for the sake of a joke. There was a little bit of world-building, not a lot, but in this context it made sense. Indie was just as blind to the world as the reader and was learning at the same time as us. I'm excited to see where Michelle Krys takes the world from this book and how it builds up. *I received a copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads.
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bring It On- Witches Style!! In this amazing debut about witches! Hexed was a fun read that had a contemporary take on witches. Indigo is a very authentic teen because she goes through romance, being a cheerleader who is down to earth. Michelle Krys' writing is addicting and full of fun scenes that will make you laugh! This take of witches is definitely unique! I really love the cover, it catches your attention immediately (knew I had to get my hands on this book!) Something Witchy is definitely coming this way this June! Indigo is a character you can relate to, though she may seem popular,and has popular friends which is okay, she seems to have it all but her real friendship is with Paige (neighbors). Her journey of just discovering she is a witch, coming to her powers as death seems to follow her as well as a missing old Bible that has been in her family for years. A warlock warns her that if she does not get it back it will be the end of their race as witches and sorcerers. I did love the introduction of Bishop from the beginning because he . He provided a lot of humor and swoon-worthy moments! Indigo reminded me of Evie from Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series! Even though the romance was a little insta-love it was good the way it developed between Bishop and Indigo. This world was interesting and I look forward to the next book in the series! That ending was OMG!! I will definitely be reading that sequel! Michelle Krys is an author to look out for! Looking forward to getting to know Indigo and Bishop better because these characters as well as secondary were awesome (Jezebel)!!Hexed was addicting and full of drama, action and excitement, if you love witches and paranormal this is the book for you! *Also Thank You Michelle for a review copy!*<3>
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Hexed is such a fun paranormal book that I absolutely devoured! Indigo is a strong character with a fantastic sense of humour, making her a great protagonist to read about. Hexed is a great debut from Michelle Krys, which is a satisfying story in and of itself while still leaving enough details to be handled in the sequel (Hexed is the first in a duology). Reasons to Read: 1. An authentic heroine: Indigo (a.k.a. Indie) is not the typical heroine you read about in YA books, which is precisely why I liked her so much. She has a strong personality, and a very sarcastic sense of humour so she's fairly snarky as well. She's snobby and extremely self-centred at first, too, so she isn't the type of character I'm immediately drawn towards. But this is exactly why reading Hexed was so refreshing for me, because Indie is not a perfect character. She has flaws, and the character development and changes she goes through during the book are striking as a result of this. She may be the type of character who takes a little bit longer to grow on you but she gets there, trust me! (I love characters like this, for example I'm reminded of Lady Mary in Downton Abbey. I also like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comparison with Hexed, because there definitely is a Buffy/Cordelia vibe to Indie.) 2. Gradual romance: I appreciate a good love story as much as the next person, but I'm not a fan of insta!-love so the romance in Hexed worked perfectly for me. It's develops over time, although there seems to be an attraction element fairly early on which is nice since it adds just a bit of tension to keep the story completely absorbing. I also liked that it didn't feel super cheesy to me, and it didn't overpower the rest of the plot but instead the romance enhanced it. Bishop is a really great character, who's fun and hilarious along with being straightforward with Indie and complex. He's precisely the type of guy you want to root for! 3. A thrilling plot: There is a lot of action and excitement that happens in Hexed, and it's pretty much non-stop from the start. While Indie is still trying to accept some significant revelations, she's forced to deal with problems (both big and small) and figure out a way to get through them. And for the most part? She's doing most of the work all on her own. She's tough and a fighter, but you can also see some of these changes taking their toll on her (as they would). There are secrets and twists galore, which kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. There were a couple points in the story when I felt that I could have benefited from a bit more world building, simply because the magic and conflict featured in Hexed were very interesting and I would love to read more about how this world works and how it came to be. But I also never felt like I didn't have enough information to understand what's going on, and I'm fairly certain that most of my questions will be answered in the sequel. ARC received from Random House Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and full of twists Hexed by Michelle Krys was on my radar as soon as I found out it is about witches. If you know me, you know I devour any witch book I can get my hands on, thanks Cate Tiernan for that! Also, the cover is beautiful, even better when seen in person. The book follows Indigo, a girl who had no idea that witches and magic are real until she is plunged into a deadly war between the witches and sorcerers. I enjoyed Hexed, albeit it didn't capture my attention all the time, I thought it was a pretty interesting book and had a ton of twists, left and right. Indigo was a good character, even though initially she had the typical horrible best friend and popularity getting in the way of her logic thinking. The introduction of Bishop finally gets her thinking and while I didn't care for the romance at all, I did like the way he made her look at who she is and what she's become and let her re-think everything she believed in.. including the existence of witches. I have to admit though.. I didn't get much magic or powers in here.. it felt a bit more like they have supernatural powers rather than them being witches.. maybe because I've read so many witch books and now always compare them to the ones I read. Still, I wished I got more on the background of the witches and just the witch-y stuff.. you know what I mean! Still, the author held nothing back. There were many gasp inducing moments that I had to reread to make sure I understood what just happened right. unbelievable is the right word. I even took it to twitter and discussed with people the shock. haha. It's a good thing when an author takes us by surprise so early on in the novel. I definitely recommend it to paranormal fans and even contemporary fans since I feel this reads as a mash up for both. I'm excited to read the sequel, now that Indigo has a better hold on her reality and the hopefulness that we'll get more involved in the magic aspect of the story.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from HiveretCafe I recieved an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I completely did not expect that twist in the end. So anyways, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the intrigue about the Bible and the sorcerers really captured my attention. I thought that Indigo is an interesting character and that the character development that she went through was interesting. Throughout the story, we really get to see her grow into herself more and figure things out generally. She is one of the popular clique and she is all the things that you would expect of the people in a popular clique, except maybe for the mother who is the owner of an occult store. And as things start to change in her life, she grows up and grows out of that stereotype. Paige was interesting as well. She wasn't fazed whatsoever with everything going on, in fact she was so supportive of Indy that it was a little strange. However, Paige was that voice of reason in Indigo's life, always telling her that her ideas were dangerous, because they were actually dangerous. I enjoyed Bishop's banter and his character from the very beginning. Of course he was creepy in the beginning, but as we learn more about him, he's really sort of endearing, no matter what Indigo has to say about him. Seriously though, who names their dog "Lovely Lumpkins"? I liked Jezebel as well. She's entertaining and she's one of those frenemies that you can't help but love to hate. The plot is well crafted because I completely did not expect that twist in the end nor the cliff hanger as well. Though in retrospect, looking back, I can see all the seeds planted for the plot twist. The sorcerers are absolutely terrible and though the witches aren't too much better, we get to see more of the sorcerers than the witches first hand. I really hate the sorcerers though I have no particular love for the witches either. I enjoyed watching Indigo struggle with learning magic and fitting herself into this new role of witch and just generally stumble her way along. Quote time! I don't doubt that a lot of these are going to be from Bishop. I'm on a roll with reading books with snarky characters lately. "And your grandma's actually aging really well. I bet she'd look hot in spankies." (Indigo not Bishop! *gasp*) "'Okay,' the guy says. 'I'll guess, then. Flat tire? Out of gas? Feminine issues? It's feminine issues, isn't it?'" "'Haven't got a last name,' he says. 'Who are you, Pink? Everyone has one.' 'Not me.'" "'She's just pulling a Bella.' 'A what?' 'A Bella. You know - guy does you wrong, so you punish him by practically killing yourself.'" "No, there were no magical powers involved in me lifting that bookcase, just six feet three inches of pure, unapologetic muscle." "Everything around me is just a blur of color, a flash of movement, garbled sounds I can't quite decipher and don't want to." That last quote is one of my absolute favourites because it rhymes and I was studying poetry a little while back and so that one really stuck out to me. It's been a while since I've read something witchy and the last book wasn't all that great, so this one definitely gets me back into that genre! This book was fantastic and I definitely will be picking myself up a physical copy when it comes out and wait for the sequel with baited breath. Also, the author is Canadian, which is exciting for me! I look forward to hopefully see this book on the White Pine reading list in the years to come!
Date published: 2014-05-29

– More About This Product –

Hexed

by Michelle Krys

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.54 × 5.81 × 1.11 in

Published: June 10, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385680503

ISBN - 13: 9780385680509

From the Publisher

It''s The Craft meets Bring It On in Hexed, the first novel in a brand-new series from debut author Michelle Krys in which a snarky sixteen-year-old cheerleader is forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers only to uncover the first of many dark truths about her life...&#160;
&#160;&#160;&#160;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?
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie''s world, 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.
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;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.

About the Author

MICHELLE KRYS lives with her husband and son in Northwestern Ontario. 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.

Editorial Reviews

&ldquo;Hexed was seriously fun, deliciously enjoyable, and has tons of laugh-out-loud moments that are bound to get you confused looks from strangers if you''re reading it in public. . . . You need to add [it] to your summer reading list, and pronto!&rdquo;
&mdash;The Huffington Post

&ldquo;For teens that can&rsquo;t get enough of supernatural love stories, this one will fill the bill . . . the cliffhanger ending with leave them eager for more.&rdquo;
&mdash;Kirkus Reviews

&ldquo;Hexed is one hell of a great read. With a story so strong and unique, it won''t disappoint you.&rdquo;
&mdash;The Guardian
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