Book Review: From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad

FromFrightsToFlaws_SC-13-05-101Title: Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 1, From Frights to Flaws

Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: MG Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions.

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?

From Frights to Flaws is a delightful read for children of ages eight and up. It’s the story of twelve-year-old Alyssa, struggling to stand the toughness of her uncle, who dreams of a better life. One day, a marble figure starts talking to her, and her babysitter is attacked by magic. While Hailey and Alyssa try to convince her uncle it was magic who did it, not them, their uncle doesn’t want to believe them. But an evil villain is after Alyssa, and ends up kidnapping her. With the help of the marble figure, Simon, and a bunch of brand new friends, Alyssa may have a fighting change…

This is fantasy for children at its finest, with quirky, loveable characters, enjoyable magic and a dark, threatening villain. Alyssa and her cousin Hailey make a great team. I loved Simon and his adoration for tech gadgets. The magic in this book was fun to read about, always unpredictable. The writing was okay as well, although it could’ve used another round of editing.

A delightful read for children, and even for adults.

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