Review: From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad

FROM FRIGHTS TO FLAWS by Sunayna Prasad

Publisher: FriesenPress

Release Date: August 22, 2013

Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?

 

Sunayna Prasad has been writing stories for over several years, starting at the age of six. Now twenty-four, she is done with college and will pursue a career in art and design as well as continue to write for children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies, and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.

 

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Standing by her bed, since she didn’t want to get dirt on it, she thought about the writing on the window and the exploding mud. Why did they happen? Someone wanted magic to interfere with her life, but who, and why?

 

When reading this story, the first thing that catches the attention of the reader is the magical elements. If you saw something that shouldn’t be possible, would you be afraid? Would you want to learn more? Prasad has an interesting plot that is centralized for middle grade and young teens.

 

Alyssa McCarthy becomes wrapped up in a world of magic. She tells everyone that magic is real, but none of the adults believe her when strange things begin to happen. Her uncle’s memory is wiped after a storm of purple and yellow rain and he can no longer remember Alyssa, his daughter Hayley or his own name. Then Alyssa gets some help from the oddest little marble figure, named Simon. He says an evil magic doer or sorcerer is trying to kidnap her and kill her in order to rule over a country. Alyssa and the magic friends that she makes after her escape help decide that they only way to stop him is if they can get to him before his final plan makes landfall. Alyssa knows that she is in danger, but when her non-magic friends also get kidnapped by the sorcerer and his minions, she believes that she has no other choice.

 

Prasad has a great idea for this book, but it does not appear to be well-thought out or completely mapped. The character development is choppy at best and everything seems to happen by just winging something new, which can be caused by poor scene planning or a rush to get the book released. Also, the content that is presented in this story addresses some heavy concepts pertaining to death and abandonment which are portrayed as light topics that shouldn’t seem to affect a young reader’s mind set. In actuality, there should have been a lot more emotional turmoil than what was expressed because these topics are naturally difficult to overcome and some are socially unacceptable in this day and age. The adults also did not express any kind of incredulity to the mention of magic, which could cause a loss of credibility with readers. Finally, the book does not appear to be told well meaning that it is not well-written and the story does not flow with the content; therefore, Turning Another Page is not recommending this book to young readers.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Book Unleashed and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a two-star rating to From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad.

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