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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review: Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray

Author: Ramona Wray
Pages: 254
Publisher: Amazon CreateSpace
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Reading Level: 13 years old+
Dominant Themes: Witches, Angels, Halflings

Like most girls at Rosemound High School, seventeen-year-old Lily Crane is acutely aware of Ryder Kingscott. Hands down the cutest guy in school, Ryder is cool, mysterious, and utterly untouchable…especially for Lily. For when she touches someone, Lily instantly learns all about their lives. And while such a skill might seem nifty, in truth it is wrecking Lily’s life. So she is shocked when Ryder asks her out — and even more shocked to discover he has a rival. Lucian Bell is the gorgeous new kid who can’t take his eyes off of Lily. Being pursued by two hotties should make a girl happy, but Lily is skeptical. The boys act as if they’ve met before, hating each other with a passion that could only be rooted in a dark, dangerous past. A past full of terrible secrets. The kind of secrets that could get a girl killed.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. More importantly, don’t judge this book by its cover. The first thing that anyone says when they first look at Hex’s cover, including me, is, “OMGOBLINS THAT’S SO CUUUTE!” Admit it, you just had a little gush session over the pinkness. But this book is so much more than just a pink cover. It’s deep and superbly written, with a twisting and winding plot line that spans several centuries. Hex is a romance and a mystery all in one, with illicit love affairs, vengeful sisters, half-angel hit men, and a love that is doomed to die just as it's starting.

From the very first pages, I was hooked. Ramona has a way of writing that takes a short while to get into, but eventually, I fell into the rhythm of the book and I couldn’t stop reading. There is a constancy to the plot that kept it going steadily, without a dull moment or a lag.

Lily, our main character, has this tiny problem… every time she touches someone for longer than a few seconds, she passes out. This of course makes her the freak at her school. Growing up with this problem (she can’t even touch her own parents) she’s learned to be very independent. She was logical for the most part, although there were some parts in the end where I wanted to jump into the book and smack a little sense into her. She has a best friend J, who is eccentric and totally loveable, and their relationship added depth to Lily. Every girl needs that one best friend that she can confide everything with. Lily’s parents were also great characters, even if we didn’t see too much of her dad. What surprised me was that Lily already knew she was a witch, or at least understood that she had magical capabilities, and was very level-headed with them.

And now we come to my favorite part: Ryder and Lucian. Okay, I’ll admit for the millionth time that I’m a sucker for the bad boy… but how do you choose when both of them fit the bill? Ryder wasn’t necessarily a ‘bad boy’ per se, but he rode a motorcycle, and he was pretty damn sexy, so in my head it counts. Lucian… well, he was my favorite character. I was never able to figure him out completely, and that’s what I liked best. He acted a little… forward in ways that made me want to slap him senseless, but he was still my favorite. But Lily, Ryder, and Lucian are all entwined somehow, Lily just has to figure out how.

The only thing I have as ‘critique’ is that I wished Lily and Ryder’s relationship had built up more. I understand that they were soul mates, and they were meant to be together, but the earlier tension of Lily’s hesitation and inner-conflict over what she should do, as well as the tense chemistry between them, were some of the best parts.

Overall, I loved Hex. I loved it all the more because it was nothing how I thought it would be, yet it still blew me away, greatly surpassing any preconceived notions I had of it. A DEFINITE must read!

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Uniqueness\Creativity: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

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  1. Way to work past (even a cute) cover! Made me want to kick back and spend the day reading this one.

    (Great name you got yourself, too. :) )

  2. Amazing review, Ashley :-) What can I say? Lucian was my favorite, too ;-)

  3. I have this book at the top of my TBR..I can't wait to finally read it once I get through all these books sitting on my nightstand...great review

  4. Great review Ashley! You're right. The cover is really "OMGOBLINS CUTE" (coming from someone who loves pink too)! But i really think it's more than that. I like the plot line. Sounds interesting to read and this is actually on my to be read list too. Thanks for reviewing it!


  5. Your review was great! I am glad you posted this review and recommended it on Goodreads. I recently discovered my love or indie writers and I am always open for new suggestions. I am adding this to my wishlist. Thanks!!

  6. I have never heard of this book, but it looks really great and I loved your review!! So I'm excited to go pick it up and read it sometime =)

  7. Love the review, this books sounds awesome. The guys definitely sound intriguing, can't wait to read it!

  8. double bad boys? OMG! I need to get my hands on this book!! I'll be honest, I havent heard much about it, but your review is kinda making me crave it... thanks alot :)haha! jk!


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