Published: CreateSpace (February 1, 2011)
Source: Received from author
Rating: 3/5My Thoughts: I went into Hex not expecting much. I'll admit, I was a little off put by the exceptionally pink, cartoony color. I judge books by their cover. These things happen.
GoodReads Summary: 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.
What I got was a pleasant surprise. Sure, there was a big time insta-love. But aside from that, Hex was actually quite an interesting little book. About halfway through, I found myself surprisingly invested in Lily’s story.
Though I would've loved to find out more about her witchy background, I liked Lily. This girl was legitimately funny. I could have done without the NUMEROUS pop culture references, but honestly I liked her voice. She was sarcastic and there were a few moments where I cracked a smile. Lily finds herself torn between seemingly perfect yummy loner boy Ryder (no, not Ryder Strong, 90s children. Though I pictured him in my head THE WHOLE TIME) and new student Lucian who not-so-shockingly has a strange stalkery magnetic interest in Lily. We have all the special ingredients for a dramatic, guilty pleasure love triangle. DANGER ENSUES.
Also, there was an ABUNDANCE of the word "baby" in this book. I don't mind it when someone like, say, Danny Zuko uses this word. But reading it in a book too much makes my eyelids twitch.
But you guys, despite these YA cliches, I enjoyed this book. I have a soft spot for the dangerous love triangles and paranormal. It's a fast, relatively engrossing read that has an interesting turn of events. Did I forsee them? Maybe some. But that doesn't mean it wasn't fun to read about them anyway. I even found myself a little heartsick and had a couple "aww" moments at the end. I’ll definitely be passing this along to a blogger friend who LOVES to read about kissing, paranormal, and love triangulation. I’m interested to see what Ramona Wray comes out with in the future, because she has a fresh voice and a knack for fun storytelling.