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Young Adult Fiction 1668
Good debut
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Indigo Blackwood is set for high school. She’s a cheerleader, dating the football star, she and her friends own the school. Even with working at her mom’s occult shop and a nerdy neighbor determined to be her friend, Indie feels unstoppable. Then someone dies right in front of her, an old bible is stolen from the shop, and Indie learns the truth about her family’s history. A strange boy named Bishop starts hanging around the same time the trouble stars and seems to love antagonizing Indie, but claims to want to help her. According to him, they must get the stolen bible back or all witches, including Indie, will die.

I really enjoyed this book. I think it could be one that ends up being a book people either really like or really dislike, not a whole lot of ‘it was decent/okay’. I’m glad I fell on the enjoyed it side.

Indie, the main character, is one of those character that can be hard to like. She’s a bit shallow, overly concerned with popularity, the kind of character that could have fallen in complete cheerleader stereotype. But then we get to see this snarky side to her, a girl who cares about her mother and her aunt, this girl who starts to show growth throughout the book and turn into someone easy to root for. I really loved the relationship she had with her mom, really just her mom in general was awesome.

The relationship between Indie and Bishop was also a lot of fun to read. It definitely wasn’t insta-love, maybe an instant love of getting under each other’s skin. There was a lot of snarking at each other that made for great laughs and obvious chemistry.

The pacing was fast but it never felt rushed until close to the end. There was a lot going on in the last 50 pages or so. The writing really flowed during transitions in the mood so I was never brought out of the story and the humor felt natural, not forced into the story for the sake of a joke. There was a little bit of world-building, not a lot, but in this context it made sense. Indie was just as blind to the world as the reader and was learning at the same time as us.

I’m excited to see where Michelle Krys takes the world from this book and how it builds up.
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