Title: A Pinch of Magic
Author: Michelle Harrison
Series: A Pinch of Magic #1
A spellbinding middle grade fantasy about three sisters–adventurous Betty, curious Charlie, and proper Fliss–who go on a quest to break the curse that’s haunted their family for generations.
All Betty Widdershins wants is an adventure–one that takes her far away from Crowstone, the gloomy island where she’s always lived. But instead of an adventure, Betty and her sisters, Fliss and Charlie, are given of a set of magical objects, each with its own powers: a scruffy carpet bag, a set of wooden nesting dolls, and a gilt-framed mirror. And these magical objects come with their own terrible secret: the sisters’ family is haunted by a generations-long curse that prevents them from ever leaving their island–at the cost of death.
The sisters set out to break the curse and free their family forever. But after stumbling upon a mysterious prisoner who claims to be able to help them, they find themselves in great danger. And in order to break the curse–and stay alive–they must unravel a mystery that goes back centuries, one that involves shipwrecks, smugglers, and sorcery of the most perilous kind.
Another Middle Grade Marvels pick that made me smile. A well paced middle grade with a nice mix between the adventures of the Widdershins sisters that have just a pinch of magic and then flashbacks and old tales of witches of the past, to set a path for the sisters to try and break the generational curse upon them.
Harrison really knows how to cliffhanger a chapter. There were so many times I would read the weeks section and it would leave me hanging so I just had to continue on. The world building was detailed enough to really paint the world that surrounded the girls, giving that hit of uncanny in the background to make parts of it creepy or dangerous. The Girls themselves were such great characters and the side characters were just as detailed with interesting back stories of there own.
I was a little disappointed with the resolution of the book. It seemed a bit like the easy way out and the trope it used (no spoilers) was a tricky one to get right and it nearly made it. It is going to be interesting to see where the story goes next considering how it ended.