A Curse of Mayhem (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 2) by Sunayna Prasad

History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself.

Synopsis - 

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.

Review - 

Book 2 in Sunayna Prasad's Alyssa McCarthy's fantasy series finds Alyssa living with her godfather in a new city with new friends. There is no travel to magical places this time, the story line stays mostly near home. Again someone from the magical world wishes her harm to gain something for themselves. This time it involves magic coming through her with little control which causes her extreme trouble, especially at school where she faces expulsion unless she can find a way to stop it.

 In book 2, Prasad again offers the things young readers will love - magic, magicians, a parallel world where they reside that the world doesn't know about, a teen being drawn into situations outside her control, adults that are inflexible and don't believe her and, in the end, she comes out on top. And, like in the Frights of Fiji, the story line could use some fine-tuning. Everything included is not purposeful to the story, such as when she comments that her original friends were in a car accident so she had to make new ones.  I assumed there was a plot driven reason why this was shared and it would become clear when I read. Not really. BUT, there was less of this and more focus on the plot this time around. 

I think younger readers - advanced pre-tween and tween - will enjoy this book, especially the magic and the way she portrays Alyssa's interactions with adults.  I look forward to seeing more of Prasad's work as she grows and matures as a writer.

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Meet the Author - 

Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building. Aside from her website, she also has a blog about different creative and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.
Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY.

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  1. Thank you so much, Marilyn for sharing this new and promising young author.


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