Hexed (Hexed Series #1)

Hexed (Hexed Series #1)

by Michelle Krys


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ISBN-13: 9780385743389
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Michelle Krys' Hex Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 774,584
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

MICHELLE KRYS is the author of Hexed and Charmed and the highly anticipated Dead Girls Society, coming November 2016. When she’s not writing books for teens, Michelle moonlights as a NICU nurse.  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.  She lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, with her family. 

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Hexed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS  This was a very interesting read and I liked it! It is very similar to many other YA paranormal books, but this was still an enjoyable read! Indigo (Indie) is a popular cheerleader and has a pretty normal life, excerpt for the fact that her mom owns an occult. A boy dies right in front of Indie, clutching the address of the occult shop, and a book Indie's mom is possessive of gets taken. Also, a strange boy gets showing up at the oddest of times. It turns out that Indie might actually be a witch and the book that was stolen? Holds a spell that makes it possible for sorcerers (witches' enemy) to kill all witches. The idea and the basic plot is very interesting! So much goes on in this book and it is done so well that I was constantly turning the pages to see what happens next!Though, the concepts in this book are very interesting, I have seen some other similar witchy books. As far as characters, Indie is okay but it does take awhile to like her. I'm not real wild about popular main characters who see their popularity as the most important thing. And, yeah, sometimes these characters aren't very nice. Indie wasn't a mean girl per say, but she is blinded by popularity. She grows as the book goes on though, which I loved! She begins to realize that her 'friends' were not really her friends and that there are much more important things than popularity!  As far as other characters, I liked Paige. Paige is this girl that Indie has ignored most of her life and considers a geek. Paige is such a great character and I really wish she got some more screen time! Though, Indie, again, annoyed me because she did use Paige a lot. Bishop is another character and I don't know if I like him or not. I guess I like his personality overall. He's full of snark and I love that in a character, but I did find him a bit creepy and annoying. 1. because he was a stalker. 2. because he was always evading questions As far as romance, it was okay. It didn't distract from the plot too much, which gets a thumbs up from me! I already mentioned my thoughts on the love interest (not a spoiler. Us YA readers should be very well-versed in being able to detect who the love interest is early on), so some of my okay-ness of the romance stems on some of my feelings towards him. All in all, though, I did want them to be together. IN CONCLUSION  This is a bit of a common YA, but I still think it's worth picking up! It is very exciting and does put out some very interesting ideas! The book does end in a bit of a cliffhanger, so I am definitely picking up the next one!
lovelygen13 More than 1 year ago
HEXED is the first book in the Witch Hunter's duology. Indigo Blackwood has lived her life as a normal teenage girl, only having to worry about high school drama and her mom, who has The Black Cat, a witch store. Everything changes for Indie one night when she experiences a death of a stranger and the next day is being interrogated by sorcerers, who are the witches enemies. Want to know more? Read the book! I expected more witchy stuff in this book but that's okay! The story stayed intense and intriguing until the end. There was never a dull moment. Either Indie was running for her life from sorcerers, dealing with "friend's" drama or learning how to channel her witch energy with the help of Bishop, a warlock who kept following Indie to check up on her and soon became a friend. This story was so sad! Not all of it (has to do with Indie's family), but there were parts where I just wanted to cry because it was so sad and it is very understandable if you have read the book. Indie is a very strong girl for having gone through what she did. I would have probably stayed in bed until I had gray hair. Experiencing what she did just by reading it, had me with an ache-filled chest. Of course, Bishop was always there to help cheer Indie and distract her from what was going on, even if he was acting like a jerk. I always like male characters that are jerks and Bishop is no different. He isn't really a jerk, but has his moments. He is very sweet when he wants to be. He wears a leather jacket which makes him even hotter! When Indie saw the tattoo he has on his neck, my jaw dropped when she mentioned what it was. I hope my boyfriend never does that or I will throw a fit, I swear.  I really wanted more witch craft and that's saying a lot because I'm not into witch stuff but this book was so good that had me wanting more! Thanks to this book, I will now be reading more witch books. I need CHARMED in my hands. I need that baby. I have to wait until next year (it sucks) to read what's going to happen next. It leaves a cliff hanger! Authors are conspiring against the reader, wanting to crush our feels. The epilogue confused me but its because its in another character's point of view; watch out for that so you don't get confused like I did. All in all, AWESOME story! Go check it out and support Michelle so she keeps writing more books! We need more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I loved Indigo's personality and I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. It made me feel like I was in LA and was very well written. Hoping for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious and suspenseful. I'm an adult and I definitely recommend this book!!! I am going to be getting the sequel, hope its as good as this one.
WulfLuva More than 1 year ago
Indigo Blackwood may not be an average teenager. After all, she’s a cheerleader who’s dating Fairfield High’s star quarterback, her mom is seriously into all things Wiccan, and she’s just seen a guy die right in front of her eyes on a sunny Californian street. It doesn’t help that her mom’s mysterious Bible, but-not-a-Bible, book has gone missing, and now she has to put down her pom-poms and grab hold of her life by the broomstick, literally. Hexed is a little hocus pocus and toil and trouble all packed into a surprisingly short read. Michelle Krys isn’t using poetic and beautiful language to create a novel of literary distinction, instead she’s creating a story using the voice of teenagers everywhere. And although Indigo’s first-person narrative is a little too immature at times, she does manage to capture the life of a teenage girl and all of her insecurities perfectly. Because of this, Indigo does come off at first like a childish character, but, once you’ve flipped through the first 50 pages, her immaturity turns into the thoughts of a fantastically witty female lead. Her banter with her friends, frenemies, and just plain ol’ enemies, is a Good time with a capital G. These qualities in Indigo, as well as the fast-moving plot, made for a quick, light read. And while sometimes a quick, light read is all a reader wants in life, there are other times when a book with a more fleshed out world would make escaping from the boring, spell-free life of a human being, into a fantasy adventure that will have someone dreaming about zapping mean boys into frogs, or sending snobby girls into a far-off galaxy with a minute twitch of the nose. The side characters of the book are just as entertaining as Indigo. Bishop is hilarious, mysterious, and a whole lot of other –ious’s, Devon is unintentionally, and stupidly funny, and Jezebel is fierce and scary. I just wish there had been a little bit more character development for them, instead of it all going to Indigo. If you’re a fan of any paranormal television show, from Charmed and Witches of East End, to The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, getting your hands on this book may be a wise decision. And if you don’t pick it up, well… let’s just say Indigo may have to learn how to put a hex on you. 3.5/5 stars *Note: I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher via Book Review Board of Missouri. This in no way altered my opinion/review.
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MeredithMcP More than 1 year ago
What an awesome book. Equal parts funny, charming, and downright shocking. Really can't wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for an exciting, funny, fast paced, romantic combo - Hexed is it. Michelle Krys has the ability to make you love and hate the characters, keep you laughing, and guessing what will happen next - all at the same time. Her witty humour laced with plot twists makes this a unique "witch" book. The heroine, Indigo, is put through the emotional wringer as she transitions from the typical cheerleader to a witch - with good reason to embrace and use her new abilities. The author isn't afraid to derail from a fun, light tone to one that is dark and ominous. Readers will appreciate the relationships that the main character builds (and breaks) throughout the story, including a well paced and unique relationship with an intriguing male lead, Bishop. This book will appeal to readers of all ages. Overall, it is a great story that is perfectly set up for a sequel you wish was already available !
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Fun & fast read. Thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the world the author created. The dialogue was sharp, funny and believable. As a fellow Angeleno, I particularly appreciated the descriptions and nods to local landmarks. Was very easy to visualize the places. Thought the ending felt a little rushed and the setup for the next book was a bit awkward. But still looking toward to what's next for the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked page 1. Hexed is exciting, fast paced and most of all fun! The heroine Indie is a brave, and witty teen who discovers she’s even more special than she initially thought. Author Michelle Krys will have you laughing, gasping and even shedding a few tears. Do you believe in Magic? This book had me thinking of that song in a bad ass, kicked up, Indie rock kind of way. Hexed is a MUST READ! Can't wait to join Indie on her adventurers in the sequel!
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
Indie's voice is so much fun, I was a huge fan of this book from page 1. There's something so fantastic about reading from the perspective of someone popular and irreverent instead of the usual wallflower overshadowed by her BFF, and when you add in all the awesome paranormal elements (and hotness), this book is just a total win. Bonus points for the fact that although I know the author, I didn't remember until more than halfway through reading that she didn't actually live in LA.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
When Indie is driving along with Paige in the car, a guy suddenly seems to drop from the sky right in front of them. They are both badly shaken and the guy is dead. She sees a scrap of paper in his hand and picks it up. On it is the address to her mothers shop! Coincidence?  It bothers Indie but she manages to put it out of her mind until they are called to the principals office the next day. 2 strangers claiming to be the police are there. Indie finds them off but there's nothing she can do other than answer their questions. When the principal leaves the room the guys attitude immediately changes. For some reason Paige is frozen and the men grill Indie about a certain book, her mums bible. Why are they so interested in that old thing? Little does Indie know that the book is precious and her life is about to change from that second on!  Well this was a pleasant surprise! I loved Hexed. Such a fun yet compelling read. Now Indie isn't the normal heroine but I loved her. She was very witty and sassy! She is the typical beautiful high school cheerleader. She has her circle of friends and sticks with them. She is more worried about her reputation than anything else and thinks that being seen with a nerd is social suicide. Paige is said nerd and has been trying to be friends with Indie for ever since they live next door but Indie hates to be seen with her. So ya, Indie is pretty shallow but she is also smart, spunky and brave. We see her character develop from being who she was to someone special. She becomes a worthy heroine!  Then there's Bishop.  At the start he just seems weird, very stalkery but I still loved him. He was strong, brave, handsome and very very funny!! Despite his outward appearance you just know there's something underneath and throughout the book we do see that side of him. His chemistry with Indie was unmistakable as well. Even though she tries to hate him, she cant. He gets under her skin and I loved seeing their interactions!! I also loved the fact that there wasn't any insta love between Bishop and Indie. She cant stand him at first but sees the good side of him after a while The secondary characters were amazingly written as well. Paige is the kind of friend everyone should have. Deeply loyal, brave and smart. Even though Indie didnt treat her the best she still manages to be there for her when needed.  Then there's Indies mom. She owns a witchy store and always tells Indie that the bible is special. She is kinda kooky but she loves Indie fiercely.  Overall I loved Hexed. A fun yet action packed Witch book. At times laugh out loud funny and at others bawl your eyes out sad! As for the ending!! WHY!!!! I need book 2 like yesterday ;) A fun, fast paced read that will stay with you even when you turn the last page! Michelle Krys is definitely one to watch and I look forward to more from her.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
I know I'm in the minority with this review, but I just can't. My hopes for Hexed were set so high. I love a good witch story. I love YA. It seems like I should have liked Hexed, but I found it to be a huge letdown. Honestly, I should have stopped reading this book and saved myself the torment. But I pressed on and nothing ever improved.  Indie was horrible. I despised her. She was more shallow than a rain puddle. Honestly, none of the characters except Paige appealed to me at all. Can we just have a book about Paige? The way that Indie treated Paige made me even more annoyed.  Seriously, Indie annoyed me so much. I never felt her character changed. She was the ultimate cliche of a cheerleader. I'm not even going to comment on Bianca and Devon except to say that I glared every time they made an appearance. If Robert Pattinson would have combined his roles of creepy stalker Edward and cocky wizard Cedric Diggory, you'd have Bishop. I never saw the appeal. Jezebel was a toughy. While I appreciated her being brutally honest, I hate her nonchalance in the theater.  The romance between Paige and Bishop gave me the creeps. It totally started out as the "I'm stalking you to protect you" trope that is so overdone. But it went full speed ahead into insta-love land. Something absolutely tragic happens to Paige that should turn her world upside down, but she's focused on Bishop saying in passing that he cares about her. Gag me.  The voice of Hexed seeps angst riddled teenager. I struggled with exactly how cliche the dialogue was most of the time. Michelle Krys is a good writer, and I'll definitely give her that. But I think I'm just too old for such a cliched voice in a novel. There are so many ways that the premise of a cheerleader turned witch could have gone. I just don't feel like Hexed went a way that I could enjoy.  If you fall into the actual age group of Young Adult, you could probably enjoy this. I do love Young Adult, but there was definitely too much of a childish tone for me to appreciate it. It goes without saying that witches are the big draw of this book, so fans of witchcraft may find a new favorite with Hexed if you can tolerate a heaping helping of teenage romance. Be warned, there is a pretty brutal cliffhanger.  **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Michelle Krys and NetGalley.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
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.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
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.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Michelle Krys' remarkable writing has me wrapped around her little finger - she brilliantly has created a one-of-a-kind 'witch' story with witty humor, loss and an intriguing plot. Indigo is at the top of her game - most popular girl, dating the most popular hot guy, cheerleader, top grades, living the high school dream. She's quite into herself, and the funny thing about her is that she knows it too. She is so wrapped up in what her peers will think, it has completely taken over her life. She knows its wrong, but what's a girl to do when you've worked so hard to get to the top. ... and then Bishop comes crashing into her life! Yes, he really does crash into her life, unknowingly at first. And this is when the fun, the magic, the moment that Indie starts to question everything in her life, slowly begins. And then, tragedy happens. And Indie must reach out to an old friend for help. Paige has always been there for her even though she's too 'nerdy' to be Indie's friend now. But Paige won't turn her back on Indie, no matter what Indie's done to her in the past - she gives her a bit of grief and subtly reminds her that she doesn't have to help Indie. Indie slowly comes to realize that things need to change, have changed and she is going to learn to accept these things.  There are witches and sorcerers. Lots of magic flying about. Who are the good guys? The bad guys? Are the good guys really good? The mystery!!! The plot thickens and gets better and better deeper into the book... The characters are so unique - Indigo is shallow, but not typical. Like I mentioned above, she has a reputation she wants to uphold within her peers, but she doesn't care how she looks or what car she drives.  But her attitude really got under my skin, and because of this, in the beginning, it was kind of hard for me to like her and continue on... what can I say, she grew on me. Paige is an amazing and supportive friend. She's known Indigo since they were little and has always tried to be her friend. What I love most about her is that she's not a pushover and knows how to hold her own and give it right back. So when Paige needs her, she doesn't give in so easy. Bishop is outstanding, quite the ball-breaker and comedian. He really knows how to emotionally handle each situation. And is quite the mystery-man. We need more Bishop in our lives! Everyone clicks well together - which is so important. I really do love how the author was able to create such unique relationships. I am really looking forward to seeing all of these characters, and some of the secondary characters as well, grow and move forward in their lives and situations. Hoping to learn Bishop's past and getting more details to the war between the witches and sorcerers. Cliffhanger ending! BUT, it was done SO well! Things wrap up quite nicely until the author reminds us, hey we're not done! And then you're left wondering when the next book is going to be released; because there will be a next book... right??? I truly enjoyed the new spin to witches and sorcerers. I have always thought that they were the same - I have definitely been proven wrong. I look forward to reading more books from Michelle Krys soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. The writing is amazing, the plot is fast-paced, the main character Indie is so witty and hysterical, and there's incredible chemistry between Indie and her love interest. Even the supporting characters are all well-developed, stand-out characters, each with their own little quirks and complexities. No stock characters here.  I wasn't bored for one single second while reading this book. It's definitely a page-turner, and I would recommend this book to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book.  Great plot, dynamic characters, captivating writing style.   Highly addictive and recommended and I can't wait to read her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read my copy of Hexed and it so fun! I must say that I loved the Craft and so this book appealed to me. The banter was great and I laughed at the dialogue between Indigo and Bishop. It has a great cliffhanger!
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story filled with magic, murder, and mayhem; just what I like in my paranormal novels. However, the main character rubbed me the wrong way on many an occasion, which is unfortunate for me, as the novel is extremely well written. In my personal opinion, Indie is a less than likable, and my inability to connect with her made the novel a little less enjoyable for me. She begins as the token cheerleader who thinks she’s amazing and treats those less than “cool” like dirt, including her neighbor Paige, who she comes to rely on in many ways. Rarely is Indie sorry for the way she treats Paige, instead questioning why Paige isn’t elated that Indie is even talking to her, and I have a really hard time dealing with unlikable characters like this. While it is true that Indie slowly changes over the course of the novel, my initial impression stayed with me and we just never clicked. We are just too opposite. Now, Bishop was an intense, fun character that I did connect with, and I enjoyed him immensely. He is swoon worthy and so aggravating, but my type of guy 100%. I felt the relationship between Indie and Bishop was a little too quickly developed, almost forced, if you will, but he does tend to being out the best in her as the story progresses, and I really liked that about not only the story itself, but also Bishop as well. One aspect I have noticed in many YA novels lately is that many tend to have some big reveal or climax during a school dance. Hexed is no different in this aspect, but thankfully Krys adds some key elements that make her rendition stand apart from all the rest. I won't say more because I don't want to give it away, but this was definitely a plus that made it different from all the rest. In fact, the school dance was my favorite aspect of the novel as a whole. Magic plus papier-mâché just doesn’t bode well, and I just loved what Krys does in this scene. Reader beware, this novel does end on a cliffhanger of sorts, and while I usually dislike them, this works. As there are a lot of unresolved conflicts in this first installment, the cliffhanger reminds readers that more is to come. Would I have like more resolution? Of course, doesn’t everyone? But the way this novel ends is sort of perfect, in my mind.