Updated: Apr 13, 2022
Being the new girl is never easy, but when Jessie moves to the Isle of Wight in the middle of year ten, she has a magical discovery to contend with too - she's a witch, a powerful if slightly out-of-control one. Bullies, sexist boys and inappropriate teachers are suddenly at the mercy of her desire for revenge - and her period cramps. But can she use her new powers to change her school for good?
I knew from the moment I read the tagline - Don't get mad, get powers - that I'd enjoy this! It definitely didn't disappoint.
Hexed was a quick, fun read that I didn't want to put down. Jessie was a great protagonist and filled the story with so many funny moments.
This book looks at serious topics such as bullying, misogyny and sexism in schools - which is a huge problem at the moment - through a paranormal lens, where all those horrible things Jessie wishes she could do to the people who hurt her and her friend suddenly become a possibility.
As someone who went on a lot of Isle of Wight holidays as a child, I know teenage me would have really appreciated Jessie's thoughts on the Island! I liked the use of the insular setting, where everyone knows everyone else's history and business too.
Hexed is a fun fantasy YA read that fulfilled all of my expectations from that brilliant tag line!
I was provided with an ebook for review via NetGalley