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Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Published by Random House Children's Books on June 10th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
It's The Craft meets Bring It On in Hexed, the first novel in a brand-new series from debut author Michelle Krys in which a snarky sixteen-year-old cheerleader is forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers only to uncover the first of many dark truths about her life...
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.
The first thing I noticed about this book was the tag line, “Something witchy this way comes.” And that is from the Harry Potter song they had promoting one of the movies so naturally it attracted me to the book. Oh did I mention that cover also creeped me out so much? The model’s expression never sat right with me.
We meet Indigo and I just love that she has a unique name already. She starts off as this cliche shallow cheerleader, but she does go through a character ARC and changes her demeanor. I don’t blame Indigo at all since that was one crazy plot twist that didn’t need to happen, but I thought it was a turning point which makes her change. Kind of like a domino effect. I liked the world that was brought up and the witch war that was happening. I wanted more from the world and more explanations about how and why it started, but I’m guessing more will be revealed since it ended on a cliffhanger. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters (except Paige) and wasn’t swooning over Bishop, because I thought their relationship was too fast. I also found Paige to be the one voice of reason in the entire book and I want her to be more of a focus as well. As for the plot, I thought it was wonderful and the twists and turns were great. I really am curious to know more about why they’re at war in the first place.
Overall, if you’re looking for a new witch themed book, make sure to check this one out. It combines snarky cheerleaders with magic!