Book Review: Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions

From Frights to Flaws (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, #1)From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A good book for older kids and tweens, Alyssa McCarthys Magical Missions: Book 1: From Frights to Flaws, begins the story of Alyssa McCarthy as she discovers what the evil magician who is disrupting her life suddenly really wants from her. She is kidnapped, learns about good and evil magicians, and save her friends from danger.

Although I can see this appealing to kids, as an adult I was pretty underwhelmed by the writing and character development. The reactions of adults to magic and kids’ explanations of magic, particularly, did not seem logical, and the kids characters were somewhat one-dimensional. Some of the plot points seemed pulled straight from Harry Potter, such as an unaware pre-teen living with an overly-strict caregiver who were not her parents, due to their untimely demise. The underlying story conception has a lot of potential, but the actual writing did not quite live up to the expectations. Still, since it seems designed to be a series, perhaps it will improve as the character develops.

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