ARC Review – Hexed by Michelle Krys

21417354Title:  Hexed

Author: Michelle Krys

Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: A stolen book. A deadly plan. A destiny discovered. 

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?

Huge thank you to Delacorte Press and Netgalley for this ARC!

River’s Review:

Sooooo this book was good, but nothing special. With all of the five star rave reviews I was expecting so much more. 

What I liked about this book was the characters and the writing. The writing is snappy and flows well, pulling the reader along with the faced paced story. Bishop is swoony and fun and Paige is sweet and endearing. Indigo is strong and confident. The dialogue is very genuinely teen and it has a lot of really funny lines.

BUT that’s where it ends. There is A LOT of stereotyping going on and A LOT of judging. I’m not sure there was a positive portrayal of a woman at all in this book… well other than the mother maybe. All the females are bimbos, brain-dead, slutty, party animals, butch, or nerds. I know this takes place in LA but even in the casual observations of the women in the story had them painted in a negative light. I HATED the way cheerleading was handled in this too. I was a cheerleader in high school and I did both competitive AND game cheering. We weren’t allowed to do sexy, suggestive moves and we mainly focused on our stunts and acrobatics. We also NEVER flashed our asses at the crowd! The cheerleader stereotyping was so annoying and it made me really angry. Not all cheerleaders are like the ones in the movies, or the ones on Glee. They’re real girls who are athletes. And later on when they got a new coach and THAT coach was basically a she-man who thought cheerleading was nothing but a joke, wtf. Why was that in there? Why couldn’t they have been normal girls doing cheerleading because they liked it AS A SPORT. UGH! 

And I guess that was my whole issue with this book. Indie IS strong, she IS smart, she’s super confident and pretty and she’s boxed into this stereotype and she keeps doing all this judging. And then when she does break out it’s SO refreshing, but then poor Paige is just this loser nerd and like, why did that have to be there too? Why couldn’t Paige just have been someone outside of Indie’s social circle, why did being friends with Paige have to be ‘social suicide’? 

I’m also not the biggest fan of witch books, so i didn’t find there to be anything amazing about that plot. I liked it, but that’s about it.

Anyways, I might give the next book a shot, but I’m not sure.

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