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by Michelle Krys
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Delacorte, 2016 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Charmed follows Hexed as the second in Michelle Krys's witchy YA series. Its young heroine, Indigo Blackwood (whose mother owned an occult shop), began at the top of the food chain in her LA high school. Then she learned that she is a witch, was embroiled in a deadly war between witches and sorcerers, and resumed her friendship with her nerdy neighbor Paige.

In the first episode, Indie's mother was killed by sorcerers who also kidnapped Paige. Now her entire focus is on getting her best friend back. So Indie keeps secrets from her protective Aunt Penny (also a witch) and her warlock boyfriend Bishop - especially after she learns that Paige has been taken to Los Demonios (an alternate dimension prison) and that no-one has ever returned from there.

As local teens start disappearing, Indie repeatedly finds her way (without her aunt's or boyfriend's knowledge) to Los Demonios. She barely survives, and only with help from a handsome prison inmate, Cruz. But she starts to realize that she has powers of her own, dangerous ones that she needs to learn to control. And she learns the identity of a ruthless leader in Los Demonios, one who will sacrifice countless teens to win his way out.

The episode builds to an action-packed climax where good guys battle it out with both villains and supposed allies to ensure that the right thing is done. An entertaining, adventurous read.

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