The Ex Hex – Erin Sterling

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 320
Release Date: September 28, 2021

Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.

That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.

Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late. 


The Ex Hex is the perfect Halloween read if you’re looking for a light, fun, and adventurous read that doesn’t dig too deep.

The best way to describe The Ex Hex would be to say that this novel could have been so much more. Sterling only ever reaches surface level with every aspect of the novel. From the relationship, magic, and world, The Ex Hex doesn’t give readers enough to sink their teeth into. 

If you’re a fan of Halloweentown and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Ex Hex will be an almost perfect read. It’s ridiculous, but fun while incorporating all the best aspects of the spooky season.

Overall, The Ex Hex was slightly disappointing since everything about the novel was only surface level. The relationship relied heavily on implied chemistry and the magic and lore of the novel felt incomplete.


Have you read The Ex Hex? What did you think?

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