Friday, November 3, 2017

How I Magically Messed Up My Life in 4 Freakin Days Megan O'Russell

How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days
by Megan O’Russell
(The Tale of Bryant Adams #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: August 15th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Ever wanted to grow a five-story tall flower in central park? How about fight a deadly battle under the subway tunnels of Manhattan?

Don’t worry. I never wanted to either. But if you’re ever being chased by ladies made of mist and you have to save the girl with the sparkly eyes you’ve never had the guts to say actual words to, there’s an app for that.

I found a magic cell phone, opened an app I shouldn’t have, burned down the set shop for my high school’s theatre, and it was all downhill from there. A drag queen seer who lives under a bridge is my only hope for keeping my mom alive, and I think the cops might be after me for destroying my dad’s penthouse.

But it gets better! Now I’m stuck being the sidekick to the guy who got me into this mess in the first place. It’ll be a miracle if I survive until Monday.

What I Really Think 
A Review
After the previous two books I've read, Chosen and Ultimate Sacrifice, I was in need of something a bit light hearted. I still wanted a touch of magic and thrill. This novel did not disappoint. I was hoping for more slapstick than it had. Still it was a good adventure/quest story about a nerdy boy crushing on the prettiest girl in school and for some unknown reason to him he discovers that she likes him too. Without giving spoilers, she likes him because of something she sees in him. Although to the rest of us, we don't know what she sees either, but it doesn't matter as they form an unexpected team, along with his best friend, out to save the world of humans and the world of magic. They meet new scary creatures and Bryant is learning to use magic the hard way. Trial and error which only means destruction for the nearby area. The story moves at a quick pace and getting past his crushing on the sparkly eyes (annoying, but totally realistic) I enjoyed getting to know the characters. This is a stand alone book and yet there is plenty of room for expansion. 

I said previously that I would have liked more slapstick. Here's the tricky part. The situations depend on the mood YOU are in. Think of it as a movie with the background music. Depending on the music played, you and play the same exact scene and make it horrifying or make it a hysterical funny. 

Summary: I liked this novel. Adventure and friendships, both old and new, blend together. I enjoyed the twists especially in one section where I rolled my eyes and said, "Of course this would happen. I should have seen it coming." And yet, it was not what I thought it would be at all. Good twist and I'm betting we'll see more from this seed later.  

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