Review: Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson

May 12, 2015 4 stars, Book Review 11 ★★★★

Review: Hexed by Michael Alan NelsonHexed: The Sisters of Witchdown by Michael Alan Nelson
Series: Hexed #1
Published by Pyr on May 5, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 290
Source: Publisher

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.

Hexed was like reading urban fantasy that was written for young adult readers. It was fast paced, fun and had the touch of romance that seems to be required with YA books.

Lucifer the main character has spunk and her self proclaimed status as thief of dangerous magical artifacts was a great way to put her into a position for many more future stories/books. What with that backstory I was surprised that the first adventure we experienced with her was a kidnapped persons case instead of her retrieving some bad mojo item or other (but I’m sure that will come later).

Some of the bits I liked

– I loved that it mixed urban fantasy with horror and I even dug the very mild romance.
– Yes, there really is a stuffed pink bunny like on the cover, score!
– parental figures are not completely out of the picture. Many YA novels have an unrealistic amount of absentee adults. Thankfully this one does not.
– I just really dug Lucifer as a character. She’s tough yet soft. And still has morals even tho she is a thief. Best of all tho she plays dirty in a makes me laugh kind of way.
– A good supporting cast but not a memorable one. The police officer father of the kidnapped girl, and handsome boyfriend were good enough that they didn’t feel flat while reading them but not memorable enough that I can recall their names now that it’s been a week since I read the book.
– a really freaking cool other world with a sufficiently creepy lady Keeper of Secrets. Better yet there is travel by mirrors…who doesn’t want to travel by mirror?
– a great hook for deeper backstory on Lucifer. I’m thankful her entire history wasn’t dumped on us in this book. It gives me nite to look forward to in the next one.
– And monsters! I love monsters (witches, demons, hounds and witches)

Teen angst but just the right amount

I read a fair share of young adult books and I can tell you it’s a fine line between too much and too little teen angst. Here we are given a perfect dose. Lucifer interacts with other teens in Hexed only because she has to in order to find out all the info she can about the way the victim (a teenage girl Grace) was abducted.

Like watching a not too scary horror flick

When I was younger I used to watch those teen horror flicks. I’m sure all of you know the kind. There is a spooky house, games that the teens dare each other to do and inevitably something horrendously scary in a mirror. I am not lying when I say one of those such mirror movies caused me to leave the bathroom door open for months after watching it. But I couldn’t help going back for more scares because they weren’t completely scary. There was a touch of that here. Just as those movies were so watchable, Hexed was soo readable.

I definitely recommend it for urban fantasy fans and especially refers who enjoy young adult fiction.

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Tabitha (Pabkins)

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11 Responses to “Review: Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson”

  1. Catherine

    Yay, monsters and horror! I like the sound of that. This book sounds interesting and particularly so since it was written by a male author. I can’t say I’ve ever wanted to travel by mirror, it sort of freaks me out. ;] Great review Tabitha! :]