Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Hexed by Michelle Krys had a whole lot of potential but ultimately fell flat.
I was psyched when I heard about this novel: a cheerleader who finds out she's a witch and needs to track down a magic book? That sounds amazing! It sounds almost like an episode of Buffy. And that's what I was expecting: a kickass female lead who struggled with coming into power in the middle of a war zone. What I got was a whiny teenager who fulfilled almost every stereotype about cheerleaders and special snowflake syndrome in the books.
Not only was Indigo an unfulfilling main character, but the story line would be most kindly described as "flawed". Spoilers ahead, so tread carefully! My biggest problem was with the loss Indigo faces. She takes a single chapter to cover this major loss in her life. She basically stays in bed for the whole chapter. Give me the pain! Give me the feeling like you have to hold yourself together in front of people but sobbing until you can't cry anymore when you go to bed or get in your car alone. Give me the feeling in your throat when you're choking back tears but can't allow yourself to cry. Give me more than a chapter before people close to her tell her to get over it.
Basically this entire book was just a letdown for me. I wanted to like it, and there were moments when I felt like I was going to be drawn in, but then Indigo would be a horrible person or the story line would jerk around awkwardly, and it would draw me out again.
Overall, I can't think of anyone to recommend this book to. I don't know if Krys was ever a cheerleader or went to high school, but she plays into all the major tropes regarding the two. I don't think it's a worthwhile read, and I can't believe they're making a sequel to this. I'm only giving it two stars because of the few places where I got involved in the plot and Krys momentarily made me care.
Favorite Quote: None.