ARC Review: HEXED by Michelle Krys

I received this book for free from Delacorte. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: HEXED by Michelle Krys
The Witch Hunter #1

Written by: Michelle Krys
Published by: Delacorte
Release date: June 10th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
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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 it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that 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.


I’ve had a bit of a weakness for witchy books lately, at least when it comes to adding them to my TBR and thinking THEY ALL SOUND SO GOOD. I thought Hexed would be a fun read – and to be fair, it was fast and fairly entertaining. The main character is full of snark, and I found myself laughing on more than one occasion. But unfortunately, the issues I had with this book far outweighed any of its better moments.

The Villains (were dumb)

One thing that annoyed me the most about Hexed was that the bad guys were so completely laughable. Not only were the characters themselves annoying and totally Scooby-Doo-level “let’s chat about all our plans” dumb, but (and maybe this is a teeny tiny spoiler so I’ll spoiler-tag it) View Spoiler » …Did you read the blurb? Yeah, she just found out she’s a witch, and she’s never done any kind of magic before. How is she supposed to do that?! It made no sense to me. If you can’t take the villains (or their goals) seriously, how is there supposed to be any real tension? This was a huge problem for me. I thought I’d be able to overlook it in favor of other things (such as, if the main characters turned out to be great)… but, no.
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Interview with Sarah Beth Durst

InterviewAuthorBannerSarah Beth Durst

Hi everyone! I’m so honored today to have Sarah Beth Durst here on There Were Books Involved! Sarah has written many YA books including Vessel, Conjured, and the upcoming Chasing Power (Oct 2014). Her first adult novel, The Lost, is coming out next Tuesday, May 27th, and Sarah was nice enough to take the time to answer a few questions about this awesome book…


Interview with Sarah Beth Durst
The Lost
The Lost #1

Written by: Sarah Beth Durst
Published by: MIRA
Release date: May 27th 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Pages: 352
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Also by this author: The Lost

Lost your way?

Your dreams?


Welcome to Lost.

It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost... well, it's a place you really can't leave. Not until you're Found. Only the Missing Man can send you home. And he took one look at Lauren Chase and disappeared.

So Lauren is now trapped in the town where all lost things go − luggage, keys, dreams, lives − where nothing is permanent, where the locals go feral and where the only people who don't want to kill her are a handsome wild man called the Finder and a knife-wielding six-year-old girl. The only road out of town is engulfed by an impassable dust storm, and escape is impossible...

Until Lauren decides nothing − and no one − is going to keep her here anymore.


Short and sweet: Tell us about The Lost in a tweet!

The Lost is about a woman trapped in a town full of only lost things and lost people.


Was there a specific thing or event that originally inspired you to write The Lost?

One of the least helpful bits of writing advice I’ve ever heard is: “Ideas come from everywhere.” You can’t do anything with that advice. “Everywhere” is too vague.

But it’s absolutely true.

Ideas can sneak up on you when you’re sitting at an intersection, blinker on, waiting for the light to turn green so you can turn left… That’s what happened with me and The Lost. I was at a stop light, waiting to turn, and I thought to myself, “What if I went straight? What if I never stopped?”

In The Lost, Lauren Chase gets into her car to go to work but instead of turning left at the light, goes straight… and drives and drives until she ends up in Lost, a town full of only lost things and lost people.

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ARC Review: THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa

I received this book for free from Harlequin Teen. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa
The Forever Song
Blood of Eden #3

Written by: Julie Kagawa
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 15th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Pages: 416
Source: NetGalley
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Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of ▒▒▒▒ she has her answer.


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered ▒▒▒▒. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.


The Forever Song is one of the series-conclusions that I was most looking forward to this year. I loved The Immortal Rules, and though I wasn’t enamored with its sequel, the ending of The Eternity Cure absolutely slayed me. I was hoping that the same excitement, tension, and level of feels would be present throughout the final installment in the Blood of Eden trilogy.

Unfortunately… for me, it just wasn’t.

I can’t go into a lot of detail, because Lord knows there would be spoilers galore for those who haven’t started this series yet. (See how nice I was to black out the most spoilery bits of the synopsis? Seeeee? lol) However, I’ll at least try to express my general feelings, and some of the reasons I wasn’t fully satisfied with this conclusion.

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Book Review: THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab

Exactly one year ago today, I started reading The Archived for the first time. It was one of my very first reviews on TWBI, and it has remained one of my all-time favorites since then. And today, one year after reading The Archived, I am so excited to be a part of Victoria Schwab’s blog tour for its sequel, The Unbound♥ I could not be more excited, and not just because of that lovely coincidence, but also because this book delivered on so many levels.

If you haven’t read The Archived, don’t worry — there are no major spoilers in this review! And there’s an extra-special giveaway at the end! So check it out…

Book Review: THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab
The Unbound
The Archived #2

Written by: Victoria Schwab
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Release date: January 28th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 368
Source: Author
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Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.


There is something about Victoria Schwab’s Archived series that moves me on so many levels. The Archived and The Unbound are both incredibly, beautifully written, and they effortlessly pull on your emotions. They’re exciting, heart-wrenching, intense, and completely un-put-down-able, and they will give you feels like crazy. They’re just… utterly wonderful.

In this latest installment, Our Heroine, Mackenzie Bishop, is desperately trying to recover from the events that took place at the end of The Archived, but she’s suffering from horrible nightmares about the History she faced. This leads to long periods of time without sleep, which lead to blackouts… and worse. Mackenzie feels like her reality is starting to unravel. Add to that, the fact that people around her are disappearing, and Mac isn’t sure if she’s making connections where there are none, if she’s somehow the causes of these disappearances, of if there’s actually something sinister going on… and that people at the Archive may be responsible.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Half Bad

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!


Waiting on Wednesday – Half Bad
Half Bad
Half Life Trilogy #1

Written by: Sally Green
Published by: Viking Juvenile
Release date: March 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 416
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Also by this author: Half Bad, Half Lies

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.


So… funny story… Actually, it’s not really a story, but whatever. The fact is, it took me for-freaking-ever to realize what was actually on the cover of this book. At first, I thought it was just red smoke/blood in water — which is great, but *shrugs* But guys… guys

It’s a face.

… :O WHAT! My mind was completely blown when I finally saw it. (See: my face.) And now I can’t unsee it, and I love it. Apparently the gray background is actually super shiny silver, too, and I love how the two words are black and white (black magic and white magic, oooooh!), and they’re vertical and opposing each other and just starting to overlap a little…! Despite my inability to see it the first time, this is a book cover done so, so right.

But it’s not just the cover that has me so excited about reading this book. I’ve read some really amazing reviews for it. ;) Plus: Male protagonist, alt!universe England where witches are totally a thing, good vs. evil and someone caught in between… I just. Want. So bad.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post and I’ll be sure to stop by! :)