January 26, 2022

ARC REVIEW: The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions #1) by Sunayna Prasad

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The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions #1) by Sunayna Prasad
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Middle Grade
A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.

"Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere."

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

Originally titled "From Frights to Flaws", this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the "Magical Missions" series.
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REVIEW of The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions #1) by Sunayna Prasad
Rating: 3 Stars
Release Date: October 20, 2018
Format: eARC (Lola's Blog Tours)
Publisher: S.A. Prasad Publishing (Self-Published)

The Frights of Fiji by Sunayna Prasad is an entertaining, fun-filled middle-grade book. I would recommend it to young readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories and fantasy tales. Despite the book being written with an audience of children in mind, I think it would be an enjoyable read for adults as well. 

Alyssa is an orphan living with her strict uncle and cousin. While he is not abusive, he is cruel (one of his punishments involved Alyssa not being able to celebrate her birthday) and Alyssa misses her parents even more. Life ends up changing drastically for her, however, when she is kidnapped by Master Beau (an evil wizard who plans to restore his own powers by draining Alyssa of hers). Will she be able to escape and return home, or will she be stuck in this magical realm forever?

I was reminded a lot of the Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter books. While Count Olaf in the Series of Unfortunate Events is after the Baudelaire’s fortune, I think Uncle Bruce does care in his own way. He simply didn't know how to cope after the death of his wife and reacted poorly by imposing very harsh discipline. The same can be said for Harry’s Aunt Petunia, as she hated Harry because he reminded her of her sister and the magic that took her life. I hope Alyssa and Uncle Bruce have a full circle moment like Harry and Aunt Petunia did in the last book. 

Altogether, The Frights of Fiji is a magical fantasy read. I’m curious to see what’s next for Alyssa in future installments of Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions. 

Thank you to the author and Lola’s Blog Tours for my complimentary review copy of The Frights of Fiji. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review the book immensely. Please note - I voluntarily read and reviewed the book. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.  

About the Author Sunayna Prasad:
I have always been passionate about fantasy, especially with a modern twist. I have read bestsellers, like the Harry Potter series, which gave me a lot of inspiration for my books. Movies, especially Disney classics, also inspire the content of my stories.
When I am not writing, I am drawing, cooking, and working out to Disney song videos as well as other visual and entertaining videos.

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