A Curse of Mayhem was a wonderful next book in the Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions series! This is a middle-grade fantasy story filled with magic and adventure!
The story begins six months after the end of the first book, The Frights of Fiji. 13-year-old Alyssa is living with Alex, someone who supports her and believes in her, which is such a nice change from her uncle in book 1. She has put magic behind her…or so she thought. But then, she is cursed by a skeleton named Errol. The curse causes mayhem in Alyssa’s life.
Errol’s curse gives Alyssa magic that is out of control. It causes all kinds of problems that give the book an exciting sense of adventure. Alyssa, ultimately, must defeat Errol to overcome her curse, but can she do it?
I found this book to be a little slower than the first book in the series. I think that while it was still exciting, it just wasn’t as fast-paced. I liked the curse that is put on Alyssa by Errol. I felt that it gave her an interesting problem to solve and provides some good life lessons for readers. She couldn’t ignore magic, it was a part of her, and it was interesting to see how she solved her issue.
I really enjoyed the story’s focus on healthy, loving relationships and support of those you love. I think that it offers a great message for young readers. I did find some editing errors, and I think this could be an issue for children that are still learning to understand a book’s plot and characters, but overall, it’s a good premise and was a joy to read.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend A Curse of Mayhem for middle-grade readers that enjoy exciting fantasy adventures. I would suggest reading the first book in this series, The Frights of Fiji before reading this so that you understand the magical world and get to know the characters. You can see my review here.
Where to Find This Book:
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History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself.
It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…
Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear. In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.
Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Unruly Curse” in 2019, “A Curse of Mayhem” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful “Magical Missions” series.
Just the Facts:
A Curse of Mayhem by Sunayna Prasad
Series: Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 2
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Page Count: 173 pages
Publisher: Amazon KDP
Pub Date: February 15, 2020
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.