How I Magically Messed Up My Life In Four Freakin' Days

How I Magically Messed Up My Life In Four Freakin' Days

by Megan O'Russell

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Not all wizards were born to be heroes.

Things not to do when you find out you’re a wizard:

#1 Do not destroy your apartment with magical fire. You WILL NOT get the security deposit back.

#2 Do not form an alliance with the guy who is trying to murder you. This will end badly.

#3 Do not drag the girl you’re desperately in love with into your wizard mess. You risk her watching you fail miserably.

#4 Under no circumstances should you get in the middle of an epic magical battle. Death will happen. Lots of death and bad things.



Review
Bryant is a regular kid in New York, who stumbles onto a magical phone, and into a whole load of trouble.

Bryant is weird enough without magic. He's the geeky, quiet kid at school. He sticks his head in the sand, happy to be invisible and ignored, watching the people he cares about actually enjoy life. His mum teaches Drama (roping in her son, of course); his best friend is the coolest guy in school; his dad is a millionaire (off doing what millionaires do); and his crush is simply being perfect.

Bryant's life takes an odd turn, when he finds a mobile phone, dropped by a very pale-looking guy.
Before he can see about returning it to its rightful owner, Bryant accidentally sets the school on fire with an app, then destroys his dad's apartment with a tornado.
Suddenly things aren't as straight-forward, and he's joined by his best friend Devon, and crush Elizabeth. They have a mission to keep the powerful phone from falling into the wrong hands.

On their journey, they learn about the world of magic beneath their feet, and the battle going on between the light and shadows.

This story was somewhat kooky to start with, but by half-way I was really enjoying it.
I was a little disappointed that Bryant did become just a sidekick - I know it mentions it in the blurb, and I know it's in keeping with his character to let someone else lead; but this was supposed to be his story, and he got relegated to a supporting player. Eric is basically in charge, and Devon was being pro-active, even Elizabeth stepped up and played her part. Meanwhile, Bryant was there to provide more fire-power.

There's plenty of danger and action, and it establishes that even in this magical world, nothing is clear-cut. It keeps you guessing as to who are the good-guys/bad-guys/ambiguously-grey-guys.

Overall, this was fun, and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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