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From Frights to Flaws (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions – 1) by Sunayna Prasad

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?

Alyssa lost her parents to a car accident so she lives with her Uncle Bruce and cousin Hailey. Bruce home schools the girls and is very strict. Through a series of events, Alyssa and Hailey’s babysitter is put under a spell. Then Alyssa is kidnapped to Fiji by an evil wizard that plans on killing her. Alyssa is in a race against time to learn how to use her magic to defeat Master Beau before she can return home.

Alyssa lost her parents and is having a tough time living with her uncle’s strict rules; you can’t help but feel bad for her. She learns about magic and then has to go on an adventure to learn how to use her magic and fight Master Beau. For a Mid Grade reader book I think this is a great story. There was a good adventure but I admit I like the idea of magic with rules, not just happening to be able to save you when you are in trouble.

As an adult this book is not that bad. I admit that I had a hard time connecting with some people. They just seemed to accept events without a problem. If Uncle Bruce completely loses his memory there better be a bigger response than, ok.

This is a first book in the series and we all know how they can be rough. I do see this series flowing better the more we get into it. I am interested to see what happens next.

For more information on From Frights to Flaws or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Sunayna Prasad’s website.

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I received this book from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.

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