Another witchy read, this time Hexed, which had a bit of hype on booktube when it was first released. I decided to finally pick it up after months of it being on my shelves because the sequel came out quite recently. Again, the characters were pretty typical for the genre, all that was missing was a southern belle. However, there were some curve balls that made this story different to what else you might’ve read.
Indie and her mother reminded me of the relationship Laurel has with her mum in Wings but with slightly darker undertones. Perhaps some development of this relationship was necessary as there could have been an incredible matriarch of witches introduced to train Indie, instead of bad boy Bishop. Indigo definitely developed throughout the story and even though she could be a pretty mean person sometimes she definitely learned the error of her ways and I think she has the potential to be an incredibly strong protagonist in the sequels.
If you enjoyed Nora and Patch from Hush, Hush then you will absolutely love Bishop and Indie, they’re completely charged with sexual energy and tensions and a constant will-they-won’t-they feel. Personally Bishop didn’t really do it for me. He had all the elements there for another Jace Wayland – broken, self-loathing, you know the type, if not search Brooding YA hero on twitter – but the insta-love just had me like ‘nah.’
Overall, Hexed is inredibly character based, not necessarily to the detriment of the plot but there were moments where I forgot that Indigo was supposed to be in a life and death situation.
Their exchanges had their moments. Sometimes the banter was on point and I could actually believe that she was falling in love with him, but love/hate is a very fine line and sometimes their chemistry fell flat, making it slightly unbelievable. Indigo was on an emotional rollercoaster and sometimes I felt the balance between intense pain and lust for this guy just wasn’t appropriate considering the situation.
Also, I felt like there wasn’t enough emphasis on the bad guys; they weren’t a constant threat. However, Indi doesn’t start Hexed with awesome magical abilities and I’m hoping that her progression of learning how to use magic, or even if she has the ability to in the first place, is what makes the story as believable as a story about magic can be. It was a relatively fast paced novel with a plot line that isn’t hard to follow, even if it lacks a bit of emotional intensity.
I gave Hexed 2.5 stars with high hopes for the sequel!