Apr 202015
 

Hexed

Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown by Michael Alan Nelson
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
ARC provided by Netgalley and Pyr

Synopsis from Goodreads: Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves, Lucifer for short, isn’t your typical teenaged girl.  She’s a thief who survives by stealing bad things from bad people in the magical and mystical underworld hidden beneath our own.  So when a policeman’s daughter, Gina, is kidnapped by a force he can’t explain, Lucifer is the only one who has a chance at getting his daughter back.

With the unsolicited help of Gina’s friends, including Gina’s boyfriend David, Lucifer’s investigation leads to the unfortunate truth of the kidnapping.  Gina was taken to an otherworldly dimension by a creature of unspeakable evil: one of the Seven Sisters of Witchdown.  Against all odds, Lucifer must use every magical tool hidden in her trick bag to steal her way into the Shade and bring Gina back before the Sister sacrifices her for her own dark ends.  But the closer Lucifer gets to Gina, the closer she gets to David.  And David to her.  Lucifer must risk her life by confronting demons, witches, and the cruel demigoddess controlling her destiny – all to save the one girl who stands in the way of Lucifer finally finding love.

Angie’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B

Hexed is the story of a young woman named Lucifer who steals from the greedy in order to keep the rest of the world safe from the nefarious impulses of the paranormal. When a cops daughter goes missing, he enlists Lucifer’s help to get her back.

Lucifer was a wonderful main character. She was a strong, kick-butt heroine who rarely needed anyone to help her out of a jam. She chose to let the most prominent male character, David, along on her missions because she felt bad for him. It was almost comical to read her thought process during the times she was debating whether or not he’d be an asset or a liability while she was working to get Gina back. Though there were quite a few secondary characters in this book, none of them had huge roles. I think this fit well with the story, because Lucifer has never had strong ties – in the human world or the supernatural one.

I thought the world building in this story was wonderful. Often times it was presented while Lucifer was telling David what to expect. It wasn’t so complicated that it was hard to follow, and I never felt like the author was overwhelming me with too many details. I think one of the things that really helped with this was that while there were a lot of mystical things happening, it wasn’t merely magic Lucifer was relying on. It was the blend of supernatural and her intelligence that really mixed things up and kept the reader entertained. Lucifer wasn’t one to leave things to chance unless there was no other alternative. She liked to think things through and have a plan. The pacing of this story was spot on. Something interesting was always happening, and Lucifer navigating between the human world and supernatural was done at perfect intervals.

I did have a few issues with the book. First of all (and maybe this is with paranormal reads as a whole and not necessarily this book), the names Lucifer and Demon need to be banned from all stories containing anything supernatural for the next fifty years or so. At this point, it’s typical to pick up a book and find these names in the blurb. Even Jennifer or Elizabeth would be more original at this point. Second of all, the romance could have been left out. Aside from the fact that I didn’t feel the chemistry between Lucifer and David, I think it would have been more satisfying to see Lucifer establish some solid relationships with mere humans. Having Buck’s paternal instincts kick in when it came to Lucifer and really try to make her a part of his extended family was a missed opportunity story wise.

Overall, I thought this book was an enjoyable read. It was a cross between The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost and Night Sky by Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann, so if you liked either of those, this book is right up your alley. There is nothing to indicate Hexed is going to be more than one book, but I hope it will be turned into a series. There were a few ends loose enough that they could be explored in other books, and I’d love to read more!

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  + ½

Thank you to PYR and Netgalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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