Series: Hexed #1
Published by Pyr on May 5, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
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THE FIRST NOVEL BASED ON THE HEXED COMIC! 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.
I’m a big fan of the urban fantasy genre with it’s kick ass heroines, nonstop action and supernatural elements, and Hexed is a YA urban fantasy that did not disappoint! Hexed features a thief with a mission – to recover a missing girl kidnapped by supernatural forces.
Not to be mistaken with the devil, Lucifer is a smart, resourceful and kick ass heroine who steals magical artifacts from bad people. I was really impressed with her – she’s smart enough to con people but also kick ass enough to hold on her own against all sorts of baddies, from witches, demons, witch hounds, security systems and hexes. Lucifer is like a gateway to this magical world that people don’t know existed, and she handles it with confidence and flair.
“The final ritual to becoming a witch is the worst. It’s…unthinkable. To truly become a witch, you have to make a sacrifice. A sacrifice “born of one’s own flesh.””. – Lucifer
While Lucifer sounds pretty intimidating, she’s actually the opposite – she cares enough about people to help them and emphasise with them BUT she doesn’t care enough to conform and blend in. The thing about Lucifer is that she’s tough and has grit, she’ll do whatever it takes to help a human out of a bad situation, even if it means putting herself in danger.
Hexed is fast-paced and filled with action, with Lucifer constantly progressing through her investigation while encountering demons and enlisting help along the way. She makes quick allies out of Buck, the cop who wants her to save his daughter Gina, and David, Gina’s concerned boyfriend. While the two become close, the romance never becomes overpowering or takes over the plot which I really liked. She also never forgot that David had a girlfriend (a key point of contention I have for YA romances!).
“If you wish to know the secret of traveling to Witchdown, you will give me your emotions. All of your emotions. You will give me your capacity for love, hate, sadness, joy, empathy, sympathy, pathos of every stripe. I will turn you into a husk devoid of any and all feelings. A homunculus incapable of experiencing anything endemic to the human condition. That is the price of this secret.“ – The Harlot
My favourite part of the story were the supernatural elements, which were blended really well with the overall plot. With demon possessions, a demigoddess who is also a Keeper of Secrets, the Seven evil witches who use their own children as sacrifices, and magical mirrors and artifacts, I was really drawn into the authenticity of the story.
Hexed is a fantastic urban fantasy read with a smart, resourceful heroine, great magical elements and a thrilling, action-filled plot. I enjoyed every moment of it and hope to see more YA urban fantasies that will follow suit!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Thank you to Pyr for sending me a review copy from overseas!