We are still making our way through my backlog of reviews and we getting there slowly but surely. I am very glad that we have reached my review for A Pinch of Magic, by Michelle Harrison which I read in January for Middle Grade Marvels. This is a book club run by two of my lovely book friends where we read a middle grade book every month and I absolutely love being part of this!
I read Michelle Harrison’s other trilogy, which begins with the 13 Treasures a while ago and remember absolutely loving it. I was even lucky enough to meet Michelle Harrison and have her sign my copy of this trilogy when I was still at school and she was so lovely. However, it will haunt me forever that I lost my copy of the third book though lol.
Anyway, let us get into the review!
A spellbinding middle grade fantasy about three sisters–adventurous Betty, curious Charlie, and proper Fliss–who go on a quest to break the curse that’s haunted their family for generations.
All Betty Widdershins wants is an adventure–one that takes her far away from Crowstone, the gloomy island where she’s always lived. But instead of an adventure, Betty and her sisters, Fliss and Charlie, are given of a set of magical objects, each with its own powers: a scruffy carpet bag, a set of wooden nesting dolls, and a gilt-framed mirror. And these magical objects come with their own terrible secret: the sisters’ family is haunted by a generations-long curse that prevents them from ever leaving their island–at the cost of death.
The sisters set out to break the curse and free their family forever. But after stumbling upon a mysterious prisoner who claims to be able to help them, they find themselves in great danger. And in order to break the curse–and stay alive–they must unravel a mystery that goes back centuries, one that involves shipwrecks, smugglers, and sorcery of the most perilous kind.
summary is form goodreads
ESCAPE score: 53
I loved this book so much, it was so fun and so well written and of course the characters were wonderful.
I adored the three Widershins sister Betty, Fliss and Charlie as they were all so lovely and sweet. Charlie was honestly the best of the three, she was so cute and like me motivated by food and adventure. Of course, Betty was a wonderful protagonist and Fliss was great too but Charlie will hold a little extra place in my heart. I also really liked the other characters like Granny/Bunny, Colton, Sorshca and even Fingerty because they were all so well written and interesting as people. Michelle Harrison really knows how to write complex characters.
The plot was also incredible! There was a lot going on, which meant that I was constantly engaged and on the edge of my seat (especially because reading it as part of a bookclub means that we always end on a cliff-hanger lol). The ending was very satisfying and was very well done both in pace and how it sat within the story. I also loved how we got glimpses into Sorcha’s story throughout as well and how well weaved into the story it was. I definitely want to continue with this series.
Michelle Harrison really is a phenomenal writer and I cannot wait to read more of her and fall in love with her writing all over again. She really knows how to write a word full of magic and wonder with incredible characters too. She is just such a skilled writer!
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