A little while back I received the e-ARC for How I Magically Messed Up My Life In Four Freakin’ Days by Megan O’Russell through NetGalley. So a big thank you to Megan O’Russell and Curiosity Quills Press for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
The cover has only been revealed this week, with the publication of the novel, so my review is a bit later than usual.
This also means I had no cover to base my opinion on and I still wanted to read it! Because, well, just read the blurb!
Ever wanted to grow a five-story tall flower in central park? How about fight a deadly battle under the subway tunnels of Manhattan?
Don’t worry. I never wanted to either. But if you’re ever being chased by ladies made of mist and you have to save the girl with the sparkly eyes you’ve never had the guts to say actual words to, there’s an app for that.
I found a magic cell phone, opened an app I shouldn’t have, burned down the set shop for my high school’s theatre, and it was all downhill from there. A drag queen seer who lives under a bridge is my only hope for keeping my mom alive, and I think the cops might be after me for destroying my dad’s penthouse.
But it gets better! Now I’m stuck being the sidekick to the guy who got me into this mess in the first place. It’ll be a miracle if I survive until Monday.
All of that happened during four days?! This book sounded like it was pact with lots of goodness so it upped my expectations immediately. Like, a lot. On the other hand, I started wondering if there would be “too much” going on.
I can already tell you the answer to that question: nope, nope, nope.
This book was near perfection on that part! And I hate the fact that I’ll have to wait for the sequel, because… Surely there has to be one?! Please, give me more Bryant!
Megan O’Russell’s writing style immediately drew me in. It’s fast-paced – but not too fast -, fluent and as thus, easy to read. Even though there aren’t any amazingly poetic descriptions present in the book, the descriptive style she uses is good enough to make you lose yourself in the story.
The concept of the story is amazing too. Like, can you imagine finding a magic cell phone? Surely your life would be turned upside down as well! I keep wondering what else that cellphone will be capable of – and how Bryant is going to get himself in trouble for using it, haha.
But forward isn’t always safer than back, even if back wasn’t all that nice to begin with.
Character-wise there’s only one negative and that’s the lack of character development. It could’ve been me, but I was just missing some chances in Bryant’s character as a whole. Yes, he’s been through a lot in the book but it didn’t feel like it actually changed him in any way. And surely, everything that happened has to leave a mark somehow?
As for his best friend, Devon, I can only say… That is the kind of best friend I’d wish everyone has. He does what has to be done and – even though a little arrogant – is a fun character as well!
Of course I can’t not say anything about Elizabeth, because… Girl power! She’s smart, uses her brains and isn’t afraid to take on a challenge. Even when she has no clue about what she’s getting herself into. She totally reminded me of Annabeth [Percy Jackson], honestly.
I’m definitely recommending this book for anyone who likes Harry Potter – because magic! -, Percy Jackson – because adventures! – or anything else that’s adventure- and magic-related.
I’m giving How I Magically Messed Up My Life In Four Freakin’ Days a 4/5!
And, of course… For the munches… I’m going to throw a whole lot of Skittles in the mix! Want to know why? Guess you’ll have to read the book, ha!
Now I want a little time to give a big shout-out to all of you out there! I started this blog on June 13th, which is a little over two months ago and somehow.. Somehow! I reached 300 followers! So thank you, every single one of you! You have no clue how much it means to me! Especially since I reached 300 even before my giveaway for reaching 200 followers has ended, haha.
Keep reading, y’all!