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 when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie's world, 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.
Witches. While I'll admit I read a lot of adult books with witches as characters, I've not really read a lot of YA books that have them. Or at least, not a lot of well done YA books.
Hexed is pretty well done, for a first novel. First novels are frequently hit or miss and this one is a hit, in my opinion.
Indigo's story is really good. She's a typical teenager--well, teenage cheerleader dating the captain of the football team. It's all juuuuuuuust right and perfect in her world, until this guy dies in front of her. From that point forward, the world is a bit more complicated than she ever knew.
It's fairly fast-paced, but not too quick to do the plot justice. It's what you expect--Indigo has to "hit the ground running," as it were, when her life is flipped upside down. There's a steep learning curve (she thought witchcraft was just a quirky thing her mom was into...it wasn't real.), but she handles it well, with help. And the magic isn't there for the sake of having magic. Instead, it's a vehicle for the plot, not the plot itself.
Characters...wow...I wanted to smack the annoyance out of Bishop. He's got that typical teenage "I know I'm hot" guy thing. It's a personality that annoys me, not Bishop himself. He's perfectly written. Indie is amazing. Right on the mark with her voice and personality.
I will say that there was a bit more sex in the book than I'd have preferred. Nothing crassly overt, but it's in there. And honestly, after a bit, the drama of it just got to be too much.