hexed by michelle krys

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.

A couple of weeks ago, while avoiding my homework and responsibilities, I found myself shamefully stalking Sasha Alsberg´s Instagram with no real goal in mind (ah, procrastination, how I loathe thee) until one decidedly Halloween-ish cover caught my attention: Hexed, my Michelle Krys. At first, my sleep-deprived brain thought nothing of it, just another witchy read, but lo and behold, it is not.

If you´re looking for something dark and dreary with no comedic relief, this is not for you. Because Hexed is not just humorous, but it is a gold mine for sarcastic confident characters, who are completely different from each other, with their own individual quirks and habits and feel so much like real people.

Next, make way for a character with one of the coolest names I´ve ever heard: Indigo Blackwood. In the future, when I´m an old lady and live with seven or eight cats, I shall name one of them Indigo. Gathering up all her nicknames and personality traits, Ind is such a good character. She´s a cheerleader and feminine and I thought it was nice that the author didn’t make her abandon that just for the sake of becoming someone better. I mean, you can be a powerful witch and still like makeup and shopping. She´s sarcastic and fun, but can be kind of snobby sometimes (influenced by no other than her “friend” Bianca). Indigo also shares my belief that “Ugh” is possibly one of the most useful words in the English language.

This book is stuffed with great characters, and two of them hold a special place in my heart. One of them being the wonderful Paige, with whom I really identified. She is me, from her clothes to the things she likes and does and ahhhh I love her (but she seemed to have been forgotten for part of the book? I was confused). The second person is obviously none other than our wonderful Bishop, with his Betty Boop tattoo and his terrible ability to name dogs (it´s shameful).

I really liked how the entire book is a mix of teenage problems and actual life-or-death problems, and they all have equal impact and importance to Indigo. She discovers so much about herself, and I adore the entire concept of witches and warlocks and just magic. I kind of wish all the magic-y things could have been introduced a little bit more spread out through the story, instead of all at once by means of Bishop, but it doesn´t get heavy or tiring, so the plot doesn’t slow down.

With the occasional pop-culture reference, cinematographic scenes and creepy bad guys, this is a must read. And beware, dear reader, there´s a plot twist at the end that will leave you dying to know what happens next.