A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.

Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.

Will they be enough to break the curse?

Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? …

A pinch of Magic stood out on the little table at Waterstones like a beacon drawing me towards its bright colourful cover. Those who say a book cover doesn’t matter are really not in this world. Buy one, get one half price is a welcome sight as well. Books have to be tactile as well though. Running my fingers across its face made me tingle, three dimensional, it excites. Should I pick it up? It looks like a younger age group than I’m used to reading. Well just a little look, can’t do any harm can it? Ooooo a map on the front page… OK you’ve got me hook, line and sinker. I pick it up and look for another for half price.

Three sisters, Fliss, Betty and Charlie. All different to each other. Fliss is sixteen, tall, beautiful and always looking for love. Betty is thirteen,a  tomboy and inquisitive with a taste for adventure. Charlie is the youngest, always hungry and helping creatures that are at harm. They all live with their Granny in the Poachers Pocket, a pub on the island of Crowstone. Their father is in prison. The family has a hard life, living day to day. Betty though yearns to leave Crowstone, a place she’s lived all her life. Halloween seems the best time to try and leave for the fair at Marshfoot. She persuades young Charlie to come with her, the lure of candy floss proving too great for her to refuse. However half way there the fog gets really thick and out of nowhere, Granny appears and they have to return home. That night Granny tells the girls about the curse…

I always find that it takes me a while to get into a new book by a different author. I’m too attune to the way the last book was carefully scripted and it’s usually a few chapters in before I get the pace and style. This wasn’t that sort of book. Straight away I was drawn into the world with it’s fog, willow the wisps and adventure. Yep adventure is at the core of this book. There’s magic, curses and the amazing Widdershins sisters. It romps away at a pace that has your eyes glued to the pages devouring the words in an effort to find out what happens.

Skilfully written in an easy style, the characters are well sculptured. Each with redeeming features. The rest of the cast support very well. Sounds like a film review doesn’t it, yet it has that feel to it and would make a very good film.It doesn’t fall into the trap of having characters who are either bad or good, each has their faults, except maybe one. I won’t spoil it for you of naming them here.

I loved this book wholeheartedly. It was a journey that I’m glad I took, the scenes of the book filling my mind whilst reading it curled up on the settee. I didn’t want to give it five penguins, given far too many of them away recently that I feel like Paul Hollywood.  Yet its too good to be down marked to keep my integrity. This book will appear on award lists this next year, I’m sure. Read this book now, you won’t regret it 🙂

 

 

 

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