Minute Review: Hexed ( Michelle Krys)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 384
ISBN:
Publisher:
Genre: magic, witches, mystery
Source: eARC from Netgalley


Hexed (Hexed, #1)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. 



Ugh. So many questions left unanswered in this book. The thing that bothered me the most with this book is the plot. And any reader knows, that is the kiss of death for a book.

The moment I knew I was going to have issues with the plot was when I noticed the uneven pacing. The story started off solidly and had a nice quickness to it, then all of a sudden there are new characters and rushed scenes. Indie goes from newbie witch to master of her powers in literally one night. That was super annoying for me. She would practice her skills and fail miserably on day one, then wake up on day 2 able to do more than she practiced. Even for a book that requires me to suspend my belief, that was not believable.

Then there is the ending. Ugh. I absolutely hate it when books introduce new characters at the very end from nowhere. That is exactly what happened in Hexed. Granted, I knew something was up with the new BFF because that was a repeat of a previous plot element (not too original, I'm afraid), but I was deeply frustrated to see a name that I do not recall reading anywhere else in the book. At the end, instead of being left wondering what's going to happen next, I'm left wondering who the heck is this new character. Not exactly a masterful cliffhanger in my opinion.

Since I'm on a tangent, I might as well mention my other remaining grievances. First, the sudden shift in behavior between the supposed long-time bestie. I figured that was coming due to the underlying tones laid out in the book with that character's behavior, but there was no closure at all. It was as if she was just written off as ___ type of person and that was that. There were lots of other questions/situations that did not get resolved, but I don't want to bash the book completely. Some readers may really enjoy it, it just wasn't for me. One positive thing I can say is that this author does a nice job building the romantic tension between Indie and the wizard guy-- whatever his name was. That was fun to read.

You may want to give Hexed a try, but the rest of this series won't be for me.  



 


Review: Into the Wild (Sarah Beth Durst)

The Deets: 
Audience: Middle Grades
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781595141569
Publisher: June 21st 2007 by Razorbill
Genre: fairy tale, fantasy
Source: Library book

Into the Wild (Into the Wild, #1)Twelve-year-old Julie has grown up hearing about the dangerous world of fairy tales, The Wild, from which her mother, Rapunzel, escaped.

Now The Wild wants its characters back. Julie comes home from school to find her mother gone and a deep, dark forest swallowing her hometown. Julie must fight wicked witches, avoid glass slippers and fairy godmothers, fly griffins, and outwit ogres in order to rescue her mom and save her Massachusetts town from becoming a fairy-tale kingdom.

Sarah Beth Durst weaves a postmodern fairy tale that's fresh, funny, and sweetly poignant. 




I have been looking for this book for so long. Imagine my surprise when I literally walked by it on a shelf at my library (the same library that said they did not have a copy). I was thrilled! I snatched Into the Wild up so quickly that people looked at me like I was crazy. I also looked for Out of the Wild, but I didn't see it. Small victories, I suppose. I love this book!

Into the Wild was the debut novel of Sarah Beth Durst, which is rather surprising because I found it to be absolute perfection. It was a super fun read. I enjoyed recognizing fairy tales in the book (some were lesser known tales). You could tell that the author spent a lot of time researching to be able to weave the tells seamlessly. 

The idea behind Into the Wild was highly original. Because "the Wild" is a sort of fairy tale prison (my interpretation, probably not the best way to describe it), it took a lot to fully develop the concept of a living entity being able to craft stories and capture fairy tale characters. But don't worry, it was done well. The experiences that the various characters faced gave depth to this concept.  

The narrator, Julie, was full of wit and charm. She is a great narrator for middle grades readers. She faces the same struggles of feeling like she doesn't belong and longing for a whole family that many readers will be able to relate to her voice. 

Simply put, this is another hit by Sarah Beth Durst that I highly recommend. Geared more for younger readers, it will widely accepted by younger readers that enjoy a good adventure or fairy tale. 


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