May 28, 2015

Charmed Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the official blog tour for Charmed by Michelle Krys! Today I'll be sharing my review of the book - and don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

Charmed (Witch Hunter #2)
Author: Michelle Krys
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press


Indie has spent the last few weeks frantically searching for Paige. She's tried every spell imaginable, but witchcraft has gotten her nowhere, and she's going crazy with guilt. Despite what her warlock boyfriend, Bishop, tells her, Indie knows it's her fault her best friend was kidnapped by the Priory. And with the Priory destroyed, finding Paige feels more hopeless than ever-especially when Indie discovers that Paige isn't even on Earth. She's trapped in Los Demonios, an alternate dimension of Los Angeles filled with evil paranormals. No one who has gone there has ever come out.

Fueled by terror and loyalty, Indie is desperate to find a way into the underworld prison. She'll worry about getting out later. But facing the dark world's most dangerous witches and warlocks on her own means keeping her plan hush-hush-and forging alliances with some sketchy people, including a seriously sexy sorcerer.

Sometimes a witch must keep secrets from the people she cares about most. And sometimes she isn't the only one with secrets…
Charmed is the second book in a thrilling young adult paranormal series. The story picks up where the first left off - with our main character, Indie, having barely escaped a series of brutal attacks with her life. Her best friend, Paige, was taken by the crazy (and now dead) Leo - and Indie is still doing everything in her power to find her and bring her home safely. Indie feels that it's her fault Paige was kidnapped, and is determined to do whatever it takes to fix it - even when she finds out that Paige is actually in an evil alternate dimension of Los Angeles. It's a horrible place filled with the worst and most dangerous witches, warlocks, and sorcerers. Indie's determined to find a way into Los Demonios - which is basically a prison located in the underworld. In order to save her friend, Indie will have to team up with some dangerous people - not to mention a hot sorcerer. Will she be able to get into Los Demonios and find Paige before it's too late?

I'm a seriously huge fan of any book dealing with witches and witchcraft, so this book (and series) immediately grabbed my attention. I'm glad that they did, because this series is very well written with a perfect blend of multiple genres, which will definitely appeal to fans of all types of fiction. Indie is a fantastic main character for the book (and series). She's intelligent, strong, caring, devoted, loving, and full of determination. The first book showed a lot of character growth for Indie, and I enjoyed watching her mature throughout the story. In this installment, she continues to grow as a person - as both a regular person and as a witch. There are more tough situations that she has to deal with throughout the story, like going to Los Demonios to rescue Paige, that bring her character close to breaking - only to have her come back stronger than ever. I liked watching Indie continue to grow and to be more confident in who she is as a whole - both normal teen and witch. I was able to immediately fall right back into Indie's world within the first couple paragraphs of the book - and it felt like I had never left. Everything was written in detail with great attention to detail and vivid imagery - to the point where I could easily close my eyes and imagine myself going through the story with Indie. Another huge aspect for me was the author's use of first person point of view. I talk about the importance of point of view in almost every review, because I truly believe that it plays a major role in how the reader experiences the story. First person POV is by far my favorite because the reader gets to really know the narrator - who is usually the main character as well - on a deeply personal level that can't be achieved in any other way. We get a look inside their minds - how they are experiencing everything that's happening during the story, along with their fears, hopes, dreams, inner thoughts, memories, and so much more. The bond that the reader is able to create with the narrator with this writing style is incredibly intimate. It also gives the story a conversational tone, which I think makes it flow more naturally and helps the reader to immerse themselves fully into the book. 

Everything about this book was fantastic - it surpassed any expectations and hopes I had for it after reading the first one. The characters - including the major and even some minor ones - were all unique with their own personalities and traits. The setting was basically just like our world - except for the whole witch/warlock aspect. But in this book we get to experience the underworld for a while in Los Demonios. The author did a wonderful job transporting the reader into this magical and terrifying place, just as she did with the rest of the book. The story had a quick yet natural pace, except for when things were getting really suspenseful and full of action, and it made it even faster. I found myself devouring each page to see what was going to happen next and ended up reading the whole book in one sitting. It's definitely a page-turner that's full of everything you could ask for - action, adventure, excitement, paranormal aspects, witches, fantasy, and even romance. Because of this great blend of genres, the book will appeal to fans of all types of fiction. There's a bit of something for everyone inside. Overall, I definitely recommend this book (and series) to all readers - especially those who love stories about witches, along with paranormal and fantasy fiction. The only thing I hate about series is having to wait for what feels like forever for the next installment to come out, which is what I have to do now - but I'll deal with it because I can't wait to see what's going to happen in the next book!

Hi there! I’m the author of the YA novel HEXED, out now from Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books, as well as the sequel, CHARMED, and a separate, standalone novel called DEAD GIRLS SOCIETY. I live in Northwestern Ontario with my husband and son and work part-time as a NICU nurse. I’m repped by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary. 

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  1. I have been dying to read this series. It has been on my wishlist forever it seems I'm so glad you enjoyed this one.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  2. If i could be any witch I would be Hermione of course! ;) She's smart and badass and the perfect heroine!

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  3. I've been dying to see how this next book would be for me. While I was 'meh' about Hexed, I wanted to see where the story takes off. Hopefully, I will like this one more than the first.