Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Charmed

Publish May 27, 2016

Charmed is Michelle Krys’ second novel in The Witchhunter series about a teenage witch named Indigo Blackwood. At the beginning of the book, Indie is still reeling from her mother’s horrific murder, the discovery of her own magic powers, and her escape from the Priory, a group of sorcerers on a mission to rid the world of witches. Indie is also desperate to find and rescue her best friend, Paige, who has been missing for over two weeks. With the assistance of her warlock boyfriend, Bishop, Indie learns Paige is trapped in a prison in an alternate dimension, Los Demonios. Unfortunately, no one who has entered the prison has ever come out again, but Indie is determined she and Paige are going to be the first. A paranormal thriller with plenty of plot twists and big reveals, Charmed is an entertaining and exciting novel. Indie is a feisty narrator, and her first few sentences, which sarcastically compare family supper with her aunt to medieval torture, are some of the best in the book. However, while her lifelong friendship with Paige is the motivation for Indie’s attempts to break into Los Demonios, because Paige is absent before the novel even begins, readers who have not read the first book in the series may find it more challenging to understand Indie’s stubborn insistence on saving her. In contrast, Indie’s relationship with Bishop is definitely not lacking in passion. Charmed will appeal to those looking for a story with lots of magic, sass, and steamy romance.


Michelle Krys
Doubleday Canada: Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN 13: 978-0-385-68055-4

Roseanne Gauthier
Roseanne Gauthier

Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Public Library Service, and is PEI's 2017 award-winning 'Champion of Reading'. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.

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