Book Review: A PINCH OF MAGIC by Michelle Harrison

Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: MG
Star Rating: 4/5 stars
Series: first in new series, but reads as standalone



Betty Widdershins and her sisters are trapped by an ancient curse that will kill them if they leave the island. Already nine women in their family have died trying to reach the mainland.

When they inherit three magical objects – one each – they dare hope that these items will help them break the curse.

Can the Widdershins sisters find a way to break the curse with the help of the magical objects before it’s too late? Or will they be led even deeper into danger?

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I read Harrison’s 13 TREASURES series when I was younger and absolutely loved them. When I heard about this new book, I immediately wanted to try it. A standalone book full of whimsical fantasy? Not to mention the gorgeous cover.

It was such a fun book to read. The magic is so whimsical – a mirror that lets you see people far away, a set of nesting dolls that turn you invisible and a bag that transports the holder anywhere.

The plot surprised me continually – just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, there was a twist. I love it when books do that, and it kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat because WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?

The dynamic between the sisters was brilliant. They niggle each other, but pull together as a team when needed. Betty’s impulsiveness and desire for adventure causes no small amount of trouble, and puts her sisters in danger. She’s balanced by her more sensible older sister, Fliss, but it was little Charlie who stole most of the scenes. Charlie is so full of life and energy she bursts off the page.

If you look closely at the cover, you’ll see that there are all sorts of items hidden away. Each one is crucial to the plot in someway and it’s quite fun to read and play almost bingo with the cover elements.

There is a time travel element to this story, introduced very late on. It felt a tiny bit like a deus ex machina, and the way it resolves the story creates a paradox if you think too long about it.

Read my reviews of other books by Michelle Harrison

A Pinch of Magic (this series):

The Thirteen Treasures:

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