Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Published by Delacorte Books on June 10th 2014
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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.
Kristen and I love to talk about books with each other. What she is reading. What I am reading. What we think the other needs to be reading. When we both are reading or have read the same book, that is when the fun really happens. These are our book conversations…
Kate: Did you ever finish it?
Kristen: I did and it got worse about half way through.
Kate: Hexed wasn’t a horrible read but there were so many problems.
Kristen: I agree, there were a lot of problems. Why was there so much death? All of the situations felt way too cliché to be real.
Kate: All of Hexed was too cliché. From the friends to the break up to even the magical elements. What the heck happened here?
Kristen: It is books like these that make me so weary of YA paranormal titles.
Kate: I agree. I want to love YA paranormal, but it can be so hard when they keep getting stuck in the same problems. Like for Hexed, what happened with Indie? One second she was like, “Oh, I am popular and okay with everything” … then BAM, one thing happens. She decides to change basically everything about her. It was sudden. It was weird. It felt off. It didn’t make sense for Indie to decide to just ditch everything and change the way she did.
Kristen: I agree – that seemed a bit extreme. Even with the situation with her boyfriend and best friend.
Kate: Oh! And what about when they were waiting for Indie to turn into a witch? Talk about anti-climatic. I was waiting for SOMETHING to happen. It didn’t, which is okay… but the story felt like it NEEDED something to happen.
Kristen: Agreed. But for me, it was Bishop. Honestly, I found him so annoying throughout the story. The tattoos… the over the top attitude. I just didn’t like him.
Kate: Yep. The romance was forced and not very well done. I mean, he is 18 and she is 16. It felt like a 16 year old dating a twenty something.
Kristen: I’m not sure how Indie could start to like him when he randomly showed up in the worst possible ways and was a bit of an asshole to her. Maybe he cast a spell on her? That would have been more entertaining. Heck, and even make more sense. Yep, that is what happened. We will find out he is really using her and it was a spell all along.
Kate: Lol. I do like when there’s a lot of teasing between couples, but Bishop’s attitude and personality were so un-redeeming.
Kristen: For me, I couldn’t get a good grasp on any of the characters. Even the secondary ones. I felt like all of them were so fake. Not real. Something about Hexed, felt forced and the characters were flat.
Kate: I agree, especially when Indie decided she would go be best friends with Paige after complaining about her for the first couple chapters. That, along with the popular to unpopular switch were the books downfall for me. I can almost buy ditching the popular crowd after what she goes through. But how can you say you dislike / are annoyed by someone over and over again, only to be like, “I guess I have no one else, you always wanted to be my friend, let’s be besties!”
Kristen: I would compare Hexed to Alyson Noel’s Evermore – a lot of focus on a relationship that has no foundation with paranormal elements that don’t really fit well with the high school drama feel of the narrative.
Kate: Good comparison.
Kristen: Even with all the negatives, something made me finish Hexed, maybe it was that I hadn’t read a paranormal romance in a while. It wasn’t well executed, but it was somewhat entertaining.
Kate: I like witches. But I need some .. What’s the word…
Kristen: Magic? Badass female MCs? Actual plot background?
Kate: Magic might work and plot background would have been very welcomed.
Kristen: I had so many questions – like why do you get powers and why the 200th moon? Who is the family really and how do we know they are the “good” guys? It felt way more like a high school drama with some random paranormal elements thrown in for entertainment’s sake.
Kate: There were some other things that bothered me, like the bible and the ring that Bishop wears. Should we talk about Betty Boop? I think we need to talk about it…
Kristen: You mean the tattoo? Ugh, if Bishop’s ‘winning’ personality wasn’t enough, he had a naked Betty Boop tattoo on his neck. Really? I don’t think I have heard a Betty Boop reference in years.
Kate: I will say for the romance’s sake… at least, it was not insta-love. Granted, you knew it was going to happen, but at least, it wasn’t lust / head over heels, whatever in the very beginning. However, and this is a big however, I still can’t believe that at the end of the book it is basically like they are moving in together. She knows that she knows almost nothing about him, his background, what this “family” is, the war going on, and everything else… but they are “in luv” so it is okay. Plus as long as Betty’s boobs got an actual bra or shirt to wear, they could be together. Umm… okay. Betty’s boob get covered and then we can live happily ever after. That makes sooo much sense. Sadly, I think the main thing I will remember from Hexed is the naked Betty Boop tattoo.
Kristen: So the verdict is… if you like guys with Betty Boop tattoos, snarky comments and absolutely appear out of nowhere, you’ll love Bishop. As for the rest of the book…
Kate: I think Hexed had potential…I really do. But it got stuck somewhere in cliché land and never got back on track.
Kristen: I don’t think I can read the next one, you think you’ll pick it up?
Kate: I want to say no. But I have a feeling I would try it. I just hate to see a witch book so defeated by silliness.
Join in on the conversation, did you love or hate this one?