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[ARC Review] – A Pinch of Magic

Title: A Pinch of Magic
Author: Michelle Harrison
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Children’s
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: On the isle of Crowstone, set upon eerie marshes with a prison as its closet neighbour, the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie, set out to break a deadly curse which has haunted their family for generations. But the curse isn’t the only thing about the Widdershins. Each of them posses a magical object that’s been passed down the family. A scruffy carpet bag, a set of wooden nesting dolls and a gilt-framed mirror… none of them is what they seem. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will the sisters have better luck with mysterious prisoner who claims he can help them – for a price?

When I saw this on NetGalley, you know what? I could not stop myself for not requesting! The cover is amazing and the summary looks promising!

We have Betty, a 13-year old girl who just celebrated her birthday that time and looked for an adventure of her life. However, she soon realised that her family was cursed and that all her dreams were crash to pieces. She’s like Alice, all so curious with what happened around her. But thank God that she’s still a kid, otherwise I’ll have to crash, I mean, hit her head hard to know that she’s too whiny.

The plot went on with how she tried to find a way to break the curse and of course, will go to any length to break it. Perhaps, that’s also why I think she’s too careless. Nobody trusts a stranger, especially a desperate one. But I guess, that’s what Michelle is trying to do otherwise there’ll be no plot.

Though I have to say I don’t really like any of the characters, they are just the characters there for the sake of the story. Can’t relate too much, but if I can hate someone it’ll be Charlie. She was just annoying in the middle of the story.


Unless you’re a Cheshire, of course, but don’t tell him I say that. Now, all plan went backfire and everything became so annoying when reaching to the climax. I almost, almost, stopped reading, but glad I didn’t.

At some point, the story was becoming predictable even the one to solve the conflict. However, I’m still enjoying reading the backstory of the curse. For me, that’s more interesting and feel like the whole point of the story.

Now, will I recommend this book? Despite all my rants, I still have to say this is such a good book! Make you feel ups and down. Just if you’re mad at some point already, don’t, I repeat, DON’T STOP! It’ll get better from there!

And if it doesn’t? Well, you can always have it with your tea to accompany you.


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