Review: A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison
Published by: Simon and Schuster Children’s
Released: 7th February 2019
Page Count: 352
Edition: Kindle
Rating: 3.5/5 
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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? …

The enchanting new story from Michelle Harrison, author of the bestselling THIRTEEN TREASURES trilogy.


The Widdershin sisters, 6 year old Charlie, 13 year old Betty and 16 year old Fliss have lived on the Isle of Crowstone all their lives. The Isle is surrounded by unpredictable swampland and is set near an inescapable prison. Betty feeling caged in longs to be free of Crowstone and set off on her own adventures. That’s until she finds out her and her sisters are part of an ancient curse forbidding them to set foot off the Isle. Betty, along with her sisters and a mysterious prisoner set out to the break the curse, and try not to put themselves in danger in the process.

A Pinch of Magic is another MG featuring magical realism that is enjoyable. It takes you on a magical adventure with 3 sisters who from the get go you can tell have a close bond. The way the magic within the book is shown through 3 objects adds a very unique touch to this wondrous tale.

What was captivating about this book was first of all the setting. The way that the Isle and the surrounding areas were described didn’t give you any idea of what era the story was set. This in my opinion was a good thing as the reader could ultimately make their own mind up about the time and era within the book. I just found it rather fascinating. Also, the way the story was told kept me interested. I do enjoy reading books with different timelines split between them and A Pinch Of Magic did just this. Reading about the sister’s adventure and then jumping back in time to the story of a certain mysterious girl was a joyous experience.

The magic within A Pinch of Magic was distinctive and fresh, unlike any other magic I have read in MG fiction. The way the three magical objects each represented one sister was a stroke of genius and I found myself wanting all three of the objects (especially the bag!). It was also great to see how the sister’s started to rely on their object to help them in a few sticky situations!

However, despite the positivity I did find a few negatives when reading. I found the pacing to be a little on the slow side and at times I did find myself wishing that the plot would kick up a bit. It was also a tad predictable and I did end up being right about most of the things that happened, which disappointed me a little bit. 

A Pinch of Magic despite being a little bit slow to start ended up being a really enjoyable read. It was cleverly written and would be a delightful read for pre teens and even teens alike.

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