Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Author Spotlight: Hexed and Charmed by Michelle Krys + Double Vision

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Michelle Krys is the author of HEXED and CHARMED. She lives with her husband and son in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, and works part-time as a NICU nurse. Michelle is probably not a witch, though she did belong to a witchcraft club in the fifth grade and "levitated" people in her bedroom, so that may be up for debate. Visit her at or follow @MichelleKrys on Twitter.

Title: Hexed
Author: Michelle Krys
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication: June 10th 2014
Cover Rating: 5/5

Hexed is one of those books with a lot of action and a lot of emotional turmoil. Towards the beginning of the book something beyond tragic happens and it just sets the tone for the rest of the story. Then something happens in the end that sets the tone for the next book. I wouldn't say prepare to shed a lot of tears but I will say prepare to have your heart ripped apart.

Indigo was one of those girls who just followed the leader. She should have left Bianca in the dust a long time ago yet  she continued to follower her like a lost puppy no matter what horrible things Bianca said or did to her. She was also very naive in thinking that Bianca wouldn't try stuff with Devon.

Bianca and Devon were your typical ass-hat pair. They might have pretended to care about Indigo but they were just worried about themselves. I don't understand why Devon even dated Indigo if he was just going to give into Bianca so easily. And before that even happened he refused to take Indigo home when there was something wrong with her mother.

Bishop was such a wanker. He was a over-sexed pig at first. I really didn't expect anything to happen between him and Indigo. But oh well, I was wrong. I was kind of hoping he would kick Quarterback Jack's ass though. But he did become a very useful and overly important character. He was Indigo's backbone it seemed.

Paige was that idealistic best friend. Even though Indigo treated her like the plague and tried to push her away she stood her ground and was there for Indigo through everything. Sadly, the friendship was more than harmful for Paige and now we get to wait to the next book to see just how much Indigo values Paige.

I really enjoyed how well the author meshed together Indigo's REAL teenage life with her supernatural life. Most supernatural type stories fail to focus on the fact that a REAL life still have to go on. The author was amazing with showing the story rather than telling it. I could actually picture the sewers and The Black Cat. Everything felt very realistic.

The end of the book was and wasn't what I expected. I was kind of hoping something would happen to Devon or Bianca. I wasn't expecting the Paige situation even though that seemed pretty predictable. I also wasn't expecting the Aunt thing either. But right before prom she said something that made me think really hard about everything. 

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.

The world of magic fascinates me. When it comes to witches I will most likely read or watch anything. All I knew going into this book was that it dealt with witches and I was intrigued just by that, plus the cover.

I was able to breeze through this because it is fast paced because of the way it is written. The characters and the story are highly enjoyable. I haven’t come across a witch story quite like this.

Indigo is a cheerleader with a best friend, who isn’t the greatest of friends in the world, with a boyfriend who flirts with her. Her mom owns her own shop, which she works at after school. Indigo is a smart female character and tries to be strong with all that she learns and has to go through.

Something I haven’t really come across is that Indigo actually tells her mom what happens. Normally, the characters keep everything from their parents, but this is not the case.

 As soon as we meet Bishop, I liked him right away. I’m one for tattoos and having a guy character that has them makes him more appealing, plus his sarcasm doesn’t hurt. You can tell right away that he likes Indigo.

Not only is the story addicting, but it gets emotional. I yelled at this book many times. I got sad or angry along with Indigo.
Through this Indigo gains a friend that she keeps pushing away. That is her neighbor Paige. She is the type of character that is nice to everyone, no matter if you wronged her, which makes her a good friend and someone Indigo needed.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. If you are like me and love anything about witches, then I recommend that you check this out. I’m looking forward to seeing where Michelle Krys will take this story. 

I rate this 5/5. 

Title: Charmed
Author: Michelle Krys
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication: May 26th 2015
Cover Rating: 5/5

I was so glad that I had Charmed on hand after I finished Hexed. I had to find out what happened to Paige and I needed to know how everything worked out with The Family and The Priory.

Indigo was reckless in this book. She didn't care about the feelings of those who loved her. She had her mind set on something and nothing was going to stop her. That is a admirable trait but she also should have taken into consideration how Bishop and Penny felt. With how dangerous her plans were she could have died. She did a lot of stupid things throughout this book. But in the end I am glad she ended up where she did.

Bishop and Penny could have been a little more supportive towards Indie. Then maybe she wouldn't have done such reckless things. But I can see that they were just trying to protect Indie. But you can only protect someone so much when they have their mind set.

Regardless of Indigo's childish behavior, Paige and the rest of the teenagers wouldn't have survived without her. But I also can't help but think that Cruz would be okay if it wasn't for her as well. I do believe that positive outcomes out-weighed the negative ones, though.

The book didn't have that much going on sadly. It was just Indie trying to get Paige back, her relationship with Bishop and her pissing her Aunt off. The entire book just felt like Sabrina the Teenage Witch rebelling.

The world building and character development was pretty good. I could picture Los Demonios clearly. There was a little bit of predictability with The Chief and Indigo's situation. But one thing I can say is that this is only of those series where I am constantly wondering what happens after the book ended. Do Indigo and Bishop stay together despite their differently planned futures? Does Indigo get her life and schooling back on track? No matter how certain books ends you will always want to know more and this was definitely one of those books.

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

I was looking forward to reading this because of how Hexed ended. I was ready to see what the next adventure was going to be. See where Michelle Krys was going to take the story.

I was a little bit disappointed with this one. I loved Hexed, but I found this one to be lacking. It wasn’t as fast paced, but rather slow for most of it. It didn’t pick up for me until a little past halfway. I felt it dragging until that point.

In Hexed Indigo was a strong girl and dealt with everything that was thrown at her. She did break down a few times, but considering everything she was going through it was understandable. In Charmed, though she was determined as ever, was reckless. She did what she wanted no matter the cost of her life. That is bravery, but she didn’t think things fully through or ask for help before going and doing something. She kept things from her Aunt Penny and her boyfriend Bishop. I didn’t like that she did that considering she told them what was happening in Hexed. She changed a lot and at the time not for the better. She spiraled. At certain points I also found her annoying. The only thing she started to improve on a bit was her magic.

Secrets come to light that have been kept for years. I saw it coming, but I enjoyed seeing how the characters reacted to the news.

Overall, I had a lot of problems with this one, but I did actually enjoy it, more than I thought I would. It got better, which helped. I thought the ending was satisfying with how things were left for all the characters. You are able to imagine that there is a lot of work that the characters still need to work through, but that they will get there in the end.

I rate this 4.5/5. 

1)If there was a spell to trade a sorcerers life to bring her mother back do you think Indigo would do it?

Absolutely! Indie regrets having taken her mother for granted and misses her like crazy.

2)Will there be any other books for this series after Charmed?

Right now, CHARMED is the last book in the Witch Hunter series, but I’d definitely be open to writing more if there was a demand. I love spending time with Indie and Co.!

3)What was the inspiration behind The Witch Hunter series?

One day my sister, Brandy, who is also a writer, told me about an adult historical novel she wanted to write called THE WITCH HUNTER’S BIBLE. I loved the title, and it gave me all of these great ideas for a YA novel. When Brandy decided to write a different book instead of the one she told me about, I asked her if I could use her great title for my idea. Luckily she agreed, and I got to work writing about a snarky, popular cheerleader who gets caught up in a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers. Funnily enough, the title ended up changing in the editorial process.

4) Why did Paige continue to try and be friends with Indigo after so many years of being turned down and ignored?

Paige and Indie have known each other for so long that Paige has a hard time accepting their friendship is over. She believes Indie is a good person and that Bianca is corrupting her. You can see more about this dynamic in the digital short story BLACKWOOD, which is out now.

5)If Indigo were to write a book about her life what do you think it would be called?

Hmm, that’s a good question! Probably something like . . . “The Cheerleader’s Guide to Boys and Witchcraft”. Or! “The Bewitching of Indigo Blackwood.”

6)Do you believe in Witchcraft?

Witchcraft, as in magical spells? Sadly, no. I only wish it truly existed! 


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