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’m really surprised by all the negative reviews for this book. Yes, it was a little derivative, but it was advertised as a cross between The Craft, Bring it On, and Buffy. Clearly, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a fun summer read and not as ridiculous as some people make it out to be. It’s a typical young adult paranormal romance novel. If that’s not your thing, then avoid this book.
I liked Indigo because she wasn’t the typical young adult heroine. At the beginning, she was superficial and worried more about her social status than anything else. She treats her next door neighbour, Paige, horribly because Paige wasn’t popular and she was a little bit nerdy. Honestly, I can’t condemn her for that. I was by no means popular at school and like Paige, had no desire to be, but I understand the need that some teenagers have. She isn’t the most sympathetic heroine at the beginning, but the reader gets to watch her grow into a better human being. Thankfully, she still sounds like a teenager as she’s doing this.
The only issue I had with this book was her relationship with Bishop. I’ve never understood why most romantic leads in young adult novels are carbon copies of each other. The sarcastic bad boy with a penchant for trouble is very overdone.It’s also such a cliche for the female lead to hate the bad-boy at the beginning and be his girlfriend by the end. Also, Indigo’s small inner monologues about her crush on Bishop were true for a teenage girl, but really annoying to read about.
Overall, it’s a fluffy paranormal romance novel. It’s fast paced, has an interesting plot line, a main character you eventually grow to like, and some interesting side characters. I wasn’t a fan of Bishop, but I don’t think I’m the target audience for his character.
Still, I liked this novel and would be interested in reading the sequel. Good start to the series.