Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 1, From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad

FromFrightsToFlaws_SC-13-05-101Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 1, From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad
Genre: MG Fantasy

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?


The sound of the rain banging against the window distracted Alyssa from washing her lunch dishes. She stared out the window and watched every drop. What better way to spend a Thursday noon than to wash dishes? No hard work involved—just looking out the window.

Gone were the happy days of living in her uncle’s house. No more family fun. No more sweets and desserts. Just a structured life of strict and unfair rules. Alyssa longed for a normal and better life—the kind she’d lived before her parents had died in a car crash five years ago. She wanted to be like many children her age, but when would it happen? Not any time soon.

Unless… she could find her godfather’s phone number and call him without her uncle knowing. One of the rules here was that all phone calls had to be earned unless there was an important reason to call someone. She hadn’t talked to her godfather ever since she’d also lost her aunt three years ago. She had never been able to find his number nor had she ever succeeded at convincing her uncle to let her talk to him. But she still remembered how sweet, fun, and caring he’d been. He even could be her legal guardian since her parents had designated him as one. If she could find his number and ask about moving in with him, her life would be happier.

But now something didn’t seem right with the raindrops, which took Alyssa’s mind off of her godfather. They turned grayish blue. Huh? How could that be? That broke the laws of nature. Too distract her more, though, the blue deepened into a dark grayish blue. What could be going on?

About the Author

Sunayna Prasad has been writing stories for over thirteen years, starting at the age of six. Now nineteen, she will start her junior year of college this fall, and will study accessory design as well as continue to write for children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies, and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.

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My Review

This was a cute YA story. A young girl, Alyssa, living with her uncle and mean-spirited babysitter, feels trapped in a boring life full of chores. She and her cousin Hailey do chores throughout the day, usually followed by Mrs. Hutchinson’s inspections. If their work doesn’t pass inspection, they have to do it over or go onto the next chore without a break.

While thinking about how she wishes she could get in contact with and go to live with her godfather, Alyssa is staring out the kitchen window. Right before her eyes, raindrops seem to transform into words. When she and her cousin go out to get the mail, mud in the ground bubbles and makes a giant mud bubble, exploding all over them. These little hints of magic continue, to the point of getting them in trouble.

I give this 3 stars. It’s a cute, low-middle grade ya magic story. While it didn’t hold my attention very well, it was a good story for my eleven-year-old.


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