A Pinch of Magic
'A SPELL-BINDING STORY, STEEPED IN MAGIC. I ADORED IT' - Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song 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  Praise for A PINCH OF MAGIC 'This delightful tale fizzes with magic and races along at a fantastic pace. This book completely charmed my socks off!' Alex Bell, author of The Polar Bear Explorers' Club 'Simply phenomenal! A breathtaking quest for survival and freedom, bursting with brave heroines, enchanted objects and deadly dangers. And at its heart is a powerful and beautiful message of sisterly love and loyalty overcoming jealousy and betrayal' Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs 'Take three sisters, add the cruelest of curses and a pinch of magic, and you’ll have a tantalising tale you cannot put down' Tamsyn Murray, author of  Completely Cassidy Praise for Michelle Harrison's THIRTEEN series: 'A charming and inventive tale' The Times 'You are in for an adventure' Sunday Express 'The very best in adventure and imagination' Waterstones.com

A Pinch of Magic Details

TitleA Pinch of Magic
Author
ReleaseFeb 7th, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster Children's UK
ISBN-139781471124303
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Magic, Family

A Pinch of Magic Review

  • Sophie Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Michelle Harrison is an incredible writer, with a huge talent for creating atmospheric, emotive adventures, and this is perhaps the best yet. A Pinch of Magic is simply phenomenal! A breathtaking quest for survival and freedom, bursting with brave heroines, enchanted objects and deadly dangers. And at its heart is a powerful and beautiful message of sisterly love and loyalty overcoming jealousy and betrayal. I LOVED every moment of this gorgeous story, and I know it is going to delight and thril Michelle Harrison is an incredible writer, with a huge talent for creating atmospheric, emotive adventures, and this is perhaps the best yet. A Pinch of Magic is simply phenomenal! A breathtaking quest for survival and freedom, bursting with brave heroines, enchanted objects and deadly dangers. And at its heart is a powerful and beautiful message of sisterly love and loyalty overcoming jealousy and betrayal. I LOVED every moment of this gorgeous story, and I know it is going to delight and thrill readers everywhere.
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  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever found an author who write stories that are EXACTLY what you wish stories would be? That everything you ever wanted to imagine in a story is there, perfectly articulated on the pages you're holding in your hand? Well, Michelle Harrison is that author for me. Every single one of her novels has had exactly the right amount of magic, character names, adventure, and imagination that I could ever want in a story.This particular novel was a delight to read. I was captivated from the first Have you ever found an author who write stories that are EXACTLY what you wish stories would be? That everything you ever wanted to imagine in a story is there, perfectly articulated on the pages you're holding in your hand? Well, Michelle Harrison is that author for me. Every single one of her novels has had exactly the right amount of magic, character names, adventure, and imagination that I could ever want in a story.This particular novel was a delight to read. I was captivated from the first page, and only put it down last night because I had to close my eyes to sleep. I picked it back up as soon as I woke up this morning - even before the coffee was made! What a brilliant magical adventure.
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  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster UK for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warnings: Suicide 4,5 stars While I don’t read it as often as I like, Middle Grade fantasy books can be such gems. A Pinch of Magic was one of those for me. When I requested this book there was no cover yet so you can’t accuse me of being lured in by the cover which you have to admit is just gorgeous. I was lured by the synopsis of three sisters and three magical objects. While this boo Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster UK for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warnings: Suicide 4,5 stars While I don’t read it as often as I like, Middle Grade fantasy books can be such gems. A Pinch of Magic was one of those for me. When I requested this book there was no cover yet so you can’t accuse me of being lured in by the cover which you have to admit is just gorgeous. I was lured by the synopsis of three sisters and three magical objects. While this book is in theory about 3 sisters it focuses all its attention on the middle sister, 13 year old Betty. With her 6 year old sister Charlie she tries to sneak across the water to a nearby city for the Halloween celebrations. But as they are leaving the harbor of their town on a boat their grandmother, and caretaker, appears out of nowhere, dragging them back. Betty isn’t having any of it anymore though and demands to know why they are never allowed to leave the town. That is when grandma spills the beans. They are cursed. Harrison can write. This books is beautifully written. No sentence is even remotely misplaced. We are swept up in the story with Betty and feel for her when she is so held back by her grandma and then learns about the curse. All her dreams, crushed. The book is full of magic and it is great to read about. While I am rating this book 4,5 stars I do have some complaints. While I think Betty is a rather well rounded characters, I can’t quite say the same for her older sister Fliss who is 16 years old. I feel like she gets the short end of the stick with being characterized as boy crazy and falls very in line to her 3 year younger sisters demands. I can’t quite say that much more about her. That is a shame. I also have one little twitch about the world building as I would have liked a better explanation on how exactly the magical items were created. However beyond that this story is just a great feel good magic filled story. Great for young and old readers alike. I did see on goodreads that there might be a sequel. The current story wraps up fine however and can easily be read as a standalone. I think that is important, especially in middle grade.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    A brilliantly written tale of sisterhood, magic, betrayal and revenge. What would you do if you were handed a magical object, but then told you were cursed? Betty has to deal with that on her birthday. Throw in a prisoner who wants to escape, 2 excellently brave sisters and a mysterious legend of a young dark magic witch in a tower and you have this incredible tale. I devoured it in a matter of hours!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Full of adventure with some great female protagonists!
  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    This was exactly what middle grade stories should be - full of adventure, sisterly love, loyalty, treachery, bad guys, and, of course, a pinch of magic. It starts a little slow, with Betty trying to escape from under her strict Gran’s watchful eye - she’s a typical headstrong kid who’s struggling with small town life. But the adventure builds and soon we are flung headlong into the magic, the curse and trying to find the truth. As soon as they get into trying to break the curse, Betty really com This was exactly what middle grade stories should be - full of adventure, sisterly love, loyalty, treachery, bad guys, and, of course, a pinch of magic. It starts a little slow, with Betty trying to escape from under her strict Gran’s watchful eye - she’s a typical headstrong kid who’s struggling with small town life. But the adventure builds and soon we are flung headlong into the magic, the curse and trying to find the truth. As soon as they get into trying to break the curse, Betty really comes into herself and I love her loyalty and strength. And Charlie’s bright ideas, and Fliss’ protectiveness.The story of Sorsha is really well weaved in too - I loved her tale so much!This book is really good fun and much needed does of magic. 4.5 stars.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    The Widdershins girls have three magic items handed down to them through the years, though they have no idea where they came from. However, that's not the only thing that is passed down. All girls in the family are cursed to remain at their home of Crowestone, if they leave they die. Betty has always dreamed of adventure so the idea that she can't travel hits her much harder than her two sisters. It also means that she is more determined than anyone else who came before her. She's sure she will The Widdershins girls have three magic items handed down to them through the years, though they have no idea where they came from. However, that's not the only thing that is passed down. All girls in the family are cursed to remain at their home of Crowestone, if they leave they die. Betty has always dreamed of adventure so the idea that she can't travel hits her much harder than her two sisters. It also means that she is more determined than anyone else who came before her. She's sure she will be able to find a way to break the curse. Unfortunately, she finds out adventures are not quite as much fun when they are happening to you.I loved Michelle Harrison's Thirteen series so really wanted to read this book as soon as I heard of it. While I didn't love it as much as the other three books, I did enjoy reading it. I've just discovered another of her books, Unrest, so will be reading that one soon too!
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  • Eeva
    January 1, 1970
    It's a charming book about sisterhood and friendship and about pursuing your dreams. It has adventure and humour and everything you might expect from a book ike this.I have a huge problem with the ending (view spoiler)[ because meddling with time is dangerous. Changing sth in the past will change everything about the future, so I can't believe that when sisters came back home everything was more or less the same. Like, the curse never existed so I'm assuming SOMEONE in the course of a century wo It's a charming book about sisterhood and friendship and about pursuing your dreams. It has adventure and humour and everything you might expect from a book ike this.I have a huge problem with the ending (view spoiler)[ because meddling with time is dangerous. Changing sth in the past will change everything about the future, so I can't believe that when sisters came back home everything was more or less the same. Like, the curse never existed so I'm assuming SOMEONE in the course of a century would leave the town and their family wouldn't look the same. (hide spoiler)]Becouse of that I can't give it five stars, but it was still a cute book and I enjoyed it very much.
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  • Scott Evans (MrEPrimary)
    January 1, 1970
    Sumptuously magical... an exquisitely-enchanting tale in a world weaved with wonder. With hearty heroines who embody the truest sense of sisterhood, prepare to fall under the spell of the story everyone will be wanting to read in 2019.
  • Cookies_Comforts
    January 1, 1970
    ‘The Merrypennies in the meadow, silver by night, we’re hopped upon by midnight imps who danced by pale moonlight....’Witch craft, the bond of sisters, adventure, danger and justice. What more could you want, fabulous book 📚 5 🌟 and highly deserving.
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  • Liam
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved A Pinch of Magic! It is a mesmerising tale of sisterhood and redemption, curses and magic. It's a fantastic, magical adventure, with three endearing sisters. It's as much about family and sisterhood as it is about magic, though both elements are totally engaging and captivating. I loved the use of the three magical items, how they each represented their recipient in some way, and how they were used together to drive the story forward. The setting was enthralling, a glimpse int I absolutely loved A Pinch of Magic! It is a mesmerising tale of sisterhood and redemption, curses and magic. It's a fantastic, magical adventure, with three endearing sisters. It's as much about family and sisterhood as it is about magic, though both elements are totally engaging and captivating. I loved the use of the three magical items, how they each represented their recipient in some way, and how they were used together to drive the story forward. The setting was enthralling, a glimpse into a world I'm longing to explore more. The family relationships are also spot on. The sisters often don't get on, there's a lot of bitching, jealousy and resentment, but ultimately there's sibling love, affection and acceptance.The Widdershins sisters will stay with me for a long time.
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  • Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
    January 1, 1970
    This book is just perfectly magical. Can that be the entire review? No? Okay. But trust me, it is.Betty Widdershins is the middle sister of three, and together with 17 year old Fliss and 6 year old Charlie, she lives with her grandmother (and a cat called Oi!) above their pub on the tiny island of Crowstone. Their mother is dead, and their father is in prison. Betty is itching to get off the island and see the world, but on her thirteenth birthday, Granny breaks some bad news… The girls are bese This book is just perfectly magical. Can that be the entire review? No? Okay. But trust me, it is.Betty Widdershins is the middle sister of three, and together with 17 year old Fliss and 6 year old Charlie, she lives with her grandmother (and a cat called Oi!) above their pub on the tiny island of Crowstone. Their mother is dead, and their father is in prison. Betty is itching to get off the island and see the world, but on her thirteenth birthday, Granny breaks some bad news… The girls are beset with a family curse, and may never leave the island. From there, the story takes some enthralling magical twists, but at its heart it is always a story about loyalty, family, strength, and the power of sisterly love.It’s gorgeous. Opening the book and reading the first page feels like sinking into a bath that’s just the right temperature. The foggy, dark, enveloping atmosphere of Crowstone is almost palpable – and it’s written so beautifully that after a couple of pages I didn’t even notice myself holding the book. I devoured it in one sitting, wrapped in a blanket on a rainy day with Tomte the cat purring on my legs – and if that image sounds tempting, then this is the book for you.Betty is a fabulous main character, full of pluck and big ideas, but all three of the sisters are wonderfully drawn. I loved that Charlie wasn’t written at all patronisingly, despite being quite a small child, and I loved that Fliss wasn’t at all ashamed of enjoying her own flirtatiousness. There isn’t a single character in this book that doesn’t feel completely real. The magical objects which the girls take possession of are so clever, and well-suited to them (no matter what Betty might initially think!) – actually, all of the magic in this book is so perfectly woven into the setting of Crowstone and the personalities of the Widdershins family. It almost gives it the feel of a fairytale or a legend – something about the story just feels right.I know I would have fallen head-over-heels-in-love with this book as a kid, so if you know a young reader who’s a fan of Diana Wynne Jones, The House With Chicken Legs, or even E Nesbit, make sure to get them a copy of this when it publishes in February. For older lovers of MG fiction, this is ideal – it’s a book to be rushed through once to discover the ways the story unfolds, and then to be read again slowly and savoured. I’m going to be buying everything else Michelle Harrison ever writes. An absolutely certain five out of five cats.
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  • Laura Danks
    January 1, 1970
    My daughter (10) loved this book. The magical elements were intriguing and she loved the story into the story (sorry trying not to give any spoilers). The details of the curse were absolutely amazing and that was her favourite part of the book. Michelle Harrison's writing is engaging but still accessible and she can count my daughter as one of her fans. A well-deserved 5 stars read.
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  • BooksForTopics
    January 1, 1970
    Every so often a book comes along that completely blows me away and Michelle Harrison’s A Pinch of Magic is certainly one of those books. Spellbinding from start to finish, this is an enchanting tale of sisterhood, dark magic and a thrilling meeting of past and present worlds.The story follows the three Widdershins sisters - Betty, Fliss and Charlie - who live with their overprotective grandmother on the isle of Crowstone. Their island is surrounded by unpredictable marshes and is set in the sha Every so often a book comes along that completely blows me away and Michelle Harrison’s A Pinch of Magic is certainly one of those books. Spellbinding from start to finish, this is an enchanting tale of sisterhood, dark magic and a thrilling meeting of past and present worlds.The story follows the three Widdershins sisters - Betty, Fliss and Charlie - who live with their overprotective grandmother on the isle of Crowstone. Their island is surrounded by unpredictable marshes and is set in the shadow of an inescapable prison tower. As if that’s not enough to make the girls feel caged in, they discover an ancient family curse meaning that any Widdershins girl who dares to leave Crowstone will die by the following sunset.Middle sister Betty is a feisty protagonist who has always longed for adventure. Not the type to allow anything (be it grandmother’s strict rules or a seemingly unbreakable ancient curse) get in her way of exploring the wider world, Betty uses her steely determination and strength of mind to try to figure out a way to break the hold of the dark magic that grips her family history. Along the way, the sisters encounter magical objects, mysterious prisoners and perilous boat rides as they embark upon a spellbinding adventure that will change their lives forever. I loved the strong female characters, the convincing magical realism and the thrilling sense of danger that kept me hooked until the end of the story. With some dark themes and hints of romance, this is most suitable for upper primary and lower secondary year groups. If you are looking for an original story that is sure to enchant and thrill its readers, this is the one for you. Full review to appear on the booksfortopics website near to the time of publication. Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an advanced review copy.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters whose family, unbeknownst to them, have been plagued by an age-old curse, unexpectedly inherit three magical objects that they are determined to use to secure their own, and others, liberation. A charming, exciting and magical tale with refreshingly brave and feisty heroines, as well as all the more usual and beloved fairy tale elements. An exciting read with plenty of perilous situations, consequential choices and action packed scenes to carry the story, and the reader, along to Three sisters whose family, unbeknownst to them, have been plagued by an age-old curse, unexpectedly inherit three magical objects that they are determined to use to secure their own, and others, liberation. A charming, exciting and magical tale with refreshingly brave and feisty heroines, as well as all the more usual and beloved fairy tale elements. An exciting read with plenty of perilous situations, consequential choices and action packed scenes to carry the story, and the reader, along to a satisfyingly not-neat-predictable conclusion. A thoroughly engrossing, entertaining and magical book with a positive underlying message about friendship, family and loyalty."No one is wholly good, or wholly bad. Sometimes the best people are capable of doing the worst things, and the worst people can be capable of doing the best. The most honourable, and heroic. Despite whatever they've done in the past.""Too late she realised she had spent her life wishing for bigger things, for what could be bigger than family? Than love, and being loved? What use was adventure with no one to share in it?""They began to walk, passing the beggar. She called out to Fingerty but he did not answer, and her face fell. Betty watched her pityingly. Some people did not need magic to be invisible.""'That's not the same as being truly free. I've escaped Crowstone, but I can't stop looking over my shoulder, not yet. Maybe not ever.' He chuckled softly. 'You wouldn't understand.' 'I think I do,' said Betty, softening towards him a little more. Colton was as haunted by Crowstone as she was. Perhaps neither of them would ever completely shakeit off. 'I know better than anyone that some prisons don't need any walls.'""We were treated like nothings by those we worked for. Oh, they didn't hate us, but it was like... like we weren't really people, with hopes and feelings.""'But jealous, bitter people don't suddenly find that those feelings go away when what they envy becomes theirs. They simply find something else to be jealous and bitter about, because it was never about what the other person had. It's about wat they themselves lack.'... Sorsha's words had touched something within her, a deep-rooted guilt that she had been holding in for a long time and trying to pretend she didn't feel. There were times when she had envied her sisters particularly Fliss for her beauty and charm. But now she smiled and met Fliss's eyes, and they shared a look of love and understanding that only sisters could. They didn't need to compete. Their differences didn't have to set them apart. Together, their differences only made them stronger."
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  • Jemima Pett
    January 1, 1970
    Betty is the middle daughter of three, with dad in prison and mum dead. Their overworked and dispirited granny (when she's not been imbibing her spirits) looks after them in her dilapidated bar.  Betty's disgruntlement gets worse as her older sister, who used to be such fun, is now a sour sixteen year-old.  As Betty reaches her birthday, she discovers the reason why.  The curse is upon her and her sisters.Some of the world-building gave me cause to twitch, like the so-called 'blood moon', seen i Betty is the middle daughter of three, with dad in prison and mum dead. Their overworked and dispirited granny (when she's not been imbibing her spirits) looks after them in her dilapidated bar.  Betty's disgruntlement gets worse as her older sister, who used to be such fun, is now a sour sixteen year-old.  As Betty reaches her birthday, she discovers the reason why.  The curse is upon her and her sisters.Some of the world-building gave me cause to twitch, like the so-called 'blood moon', seen in broad daylight.  The terrain confused me, since they were in marshland with mists and fogs, yet with deep channels and rocky coves (and caves) creating a big swell and breakers when a high tide rushing in. But then it is magical-realism, and the terrain doesn't have to be real.The adult characters were reminiscent of old seadogs, although they were mainly old warders and old lags. Everyone seemed to have a criminal past, but then the whole adventure hinged on releasing a prisoner who promised them the secret of breaking the curseI wasn't gripped by this adventure. It was well told, suspenseful, with occasional detours to tell the story behind the creation of the curse. Realising that I was finding it all too easy to put down and forget about, I determined to read to the end in one go.A Pinch of Magic is an easy read, with plenty of interest for a range of ages in the MG genre. It may be better for girls with sisters than those without, as I found the sister-hood bits saccharine. The solution to the curse was a nice twist on what had seemed to be obvious from a long way out.The writing is delightful, and the story well told.  It's very good middle grade fare, and I'm probably being over-critical. I'm just a bit disappointed it didn't create as much magic as the blurb did.Nicely written book with good characterisation and a heightened sense of adventure.
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  • T.E. Shepherd
    January 1, 1970
    Michelle Harrison is perhaps best known for her award-winning 13 Treasures books with their dark elves and fairy magic, but beyond that world she has also gone spooky with (the maybe too-often overlooked) Unrest and her last, and delivered the spellbindingly-fantastic book, The Other Alice which blended fairy-folklore and magic with literary references (was it the inspiration for Anna James' debut this year of Pages & Co?). I therefore had high anticipations for, but no idea what to expect, Michelle Harrison is perhaps best known for her award-winning 13 Treasures books with their dark elves and fairy magic, but beyond that world she has also gone spooky with (the maybe too-often overlooked) Unrest and her last, and delivered the spellbindingly-fantastic book, The Other Alice which blended fairy-folklore and magic with literary references (was it the inspiration for Anna James' debut this year of Pages & Co?). I therefore had high anticipations for, but no idea what to expect, with her latest offering. A Pinch of Magic did not disappoint. It begins with echoes of a Repunzal-like tale of a girl held captive in the tower, before fast-forwarding through to time to meet three sisters, Betty, Fliss, and Charlie who live with their Grannie in the Poacher's Pocket. It is Halloween and Betty's 13th birthday but before then she desires to get the ferry to the mainland to experience the fair. And that, is where the magic starts. The three sisters learn of the curse that hangs over lives and the magical gifts that are bestowed upon them. Betty can't let it be, she wants freedom, and to get freedom it means breaking the curse. This is a story with twists and turns aplenty but they are all carefully woven together in a story that unfurls before you with every page turn. Every reveal makes sense, and not every one is expected. There is good and there is evil. There are baddies who are good, and wrongs that are righted. There are curses triggered, and curses to be broken, and every character is needed. A Pinch of Magic ends with a tease that there could be more, but brilliant as it is, I can't help thinking that it might be best if Michelle leaves the reader wanting more... A Pinch of Magic is published by Simon & Schuster on 7 February 2019.
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  • Katy Noyes
    January 1, 1970
    Story of sisters coming to terms with their heritage, an exhilarating period piece of magic.4.5 stars. With a fast-moving story, this novel about three young sisters living under a curse had me keen to continue listening. Trying to escape their drab medieval town existence, Betty and her sisters discover that their grandmother has been hiding the truth about a family curse from them.This curse is set to ruin all their lives if they don't do something about it, and Betty is not the sort who will Story of sisters coming to terms with their heritage, an exhilarating period piece of magic.4.5 stars. With a fast-moving story, this novel about three young sisters living under a curse had me keen to continue listening. Trying to escape their drab medieval town existence, Betty and her sisters discover that their grandmother has been hiding the truth about a family curse from them.This curse is set to ruin all their lives if they don't do something about it, and Betty is not the sort who will give in without a fight.The story takes the three on an exciting ride that tests their sisterly bond and their mettle, as they use three magical artefacts to help them break the curse. Will a potential ally really be their friend? Can they use their wits to overcome their family heritage before it is too late?Each sister is given her own personality, qualities and failings, and their Middle Age world is rendered dirty and real enough. The book took us to places I wasn't expecting, but it all came together nicely. I would hope male readers also take to the Widdershins sisters and their story.The audio version is read with an authentically teenage-sounding voice for Betty, and was not a problem to follow as an audiobook.For ages 10-14.With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.
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  • Lois (thecarrotstories)
    January 1, 1970
    'But jealous, bitter people don't suddenly find that those feelings go away when what they envy becomes theirs. They simply find something else to be jealous and bitter about, because it was never about what the other person had. It's about what they themselves lack.' —Michelle HarrisonThree sister from the family of Widdershins finds out of a curse which has haunted their family for generations. However, they also inherited magical objects that have been passed down through their family. The gi 'But jealous, bitter people don't suddenly find that those feelings go away when what they envy becomes theirs. They simply find something else to be jealous and bitter about, because it was never about what the other person had. It's about what they themselves lack.' —Michelle HarrisonThree sister from the family of Widdershins finds out of a curse which has haunted their family for generations. However, they also inherited magical objects that have been passed down through their family. The girls seeking to break the curse uses these objects to go on a journey to discover the truth about their family's past. Little do they know that it is a dark one filled with envy, hate, betrayal and revenge.On this very heart-stopping adventure, we see how bravery, loyalty and love are portrayed by the sisters, watching them grow closer together as a family. This story has also taught me about compassion and forgiveness, enlightening me of how bitterness brings destruction not only to those innocent but also to oneself.This book had a slow introduction to the plot. It took some time for things to start to get interesting and exciting. But once it reached that point, it was full of action and anticipation. It was also an easy read with a storyline suitable for middle graders.To be honest, I was hoping that Betty and Colton would be a thing but it seems that you can't always get what you want. Anyhow, it was a happy ending but I would love to see what happens after that.Thank you Pansing @definitelybooks for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I believe this book is now available at all good bookstores.
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  • legenbooksdary
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story of three sisters who seek to break their family's curse—the Widdershin's curse, magic, betrayal and revenge. It was full of exciting and unexpected adventures. I was immediately hooked into the story until the very last page. It was like a spell pulling me in too deep with the characters and the story as a whole. The first few chapters were a bit slow but then everything was happening from one after another. There were a few incidents that happened and I thought that if it hadn't This is a story of three sisters who seek to break their family's curse—the Widdershin's curse, magic, betrayal and revenge. It was full of exciting and unexpected adventures. I was immediately hooked into the story until the very last page. It was like a spell pulling me in too deep with the characters and the story as a whole. The first few chapters were a bit slow but then everything was happening from one after another. There were a few incidents that happened and I thought that if it hadn't, everything would've changed and I find that to be exciting. This is truly a fun and magical read and will be loved by readers as they weave through Crowstone, finding out the truth and answers to what could possibly change the Widdershin's sisters lives forever.
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  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    I genuinely don't know how to begin this review.... Having just finished reading the book my head is as swirly and golden as the cover. This has been one of the most beautifully written, magical, sparkling, epic adventures I've ever read. Jam packed with humour, feeling and delightful twists. It's a must read for anyone who loves a pinch of magic 😉 I cannot wait to share this story with my children and hope one day they will share it with theirs too. A 5* masterpiece by the wonderful Michelle Ha I genuinely don't know how to begin this review.... Having just finished reading the book my head is as swirly and golden as the cover. This has been one of the most beautifully written, magical, sparkling, epic adventures I've ever read. Jam packed with humour, feeling and delightful twists. It's a must read for anyone who loves a pinch of magic 😉 I cannot wait to share this story with my children and hope one day they will share it with theirs too. A 5* masterpiece by the wonderful Michelle Harrison.
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  • Lubna
    January 1, 1970
    I bought this book initially, purely cos I was so attracted to the cover. It's so bright and eye-catchingly pretty. Then when I read the blurb at the back I was instantly persuaded to buy it as I've been reading a lot of eastern European folk tales lately and have become quite drawn to them. Must be because of my love affair with fairy tales in my youth. Anyway this was a really good adventure story and I loved the hidden secret (no spoilers here). I loved the connection between the sisters and I bought this book initially, purely cos I was so attracted to the cover. It's so bright and eye-catchingly pretty. Then when I read the blurb at the back I was instantly persuaded to buy it as I've been reading a lot of eastern European folk tales lately and have become quite drawn to them. Must be because of my love affair with fairy tales in my youth. Anyway this was a really good adventure story and I loved the hidden secret (no spoilers here). I loved the connection between the sisters and also the differences between them. I get the feeling that their will be further adventures of the Widdershin sisters in the pipeline.
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  • Elen-Hâf
    January 1, 1970
    This was great. The story focuses on the relationship between sisters and I found that refreshing.
  • Charlotte Holmans
    January 1, 1970
    Brought this today and read it today! It was so awesome! A must read!
  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    I got off to a rocky start with this one because I found the writing very clunky and awkward. It put me off reading it so I dipped in and out of it and it just took me ages to get into it. I also couldn't work out if it was set in the modern day or in a 'ye olde' fantasy world. It sounds daft but it really threw me that I couldn't work it out. I am glad I persevered with it though because the story is actually rather lovely. It's about 3 sisters who find that they are living under a curse - if t I got off to a rocky start with this one because I found the writing very clunky and awkward. It put me off reading it so I dipped in and out of it and it just took me ages to get into it. I also couldn't work out if it was set in the modern day or in a 'ye olde' fantasy world. It sounds daft but it really threw me that I couldn't work it out. I am glad I persevered with it though because the story is actually rather lovely. It's about 3 sisters who find that they are living under a curse - if they leave the island where they grew up they will be dead within a day. Not particularly nice, but they also have a gift of magic objects - normal, everyday items that enable them to move vast distances in the blink of an eye, become invisible and talk to anyone they want whenever they want.The bond between the sisters and the way they work together whilst bickering and falling out made this book for me. It brings back memories of growing up with my sister and having adventures together even though we didn't always get on.After about the first half of the book, the story starts to flow better and even the writing improved. It's also quite dark at times and I was pleased that it didn't try to sugar coat the world - I don't think that ever works, even in children's books. We're all of us smarter than to be taken in by that.So if you're looking for a children's book that is full of adventure and sisters supporting each other you could do much worse than this.I received a free copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Linakatarina
    January 1, 1970
    Why can’t I have more?
  • Angela Groves
    January 1, 1970
    This could quite have easily been a five star book. The story was as engaging as it was magical. The characters were excellent. Its just such a shame i felt the ending to the story was a little rushed. Fairly certain that wont bother the kids its aimed at that though. Its perfect for any budding fantasy fan.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    A magical adventure, three sisters, three magical objects and an old family curse.
  • Maddy
    January 1, 1970
    So good!!
  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters, three magical objects and a family curse that stops them travelling away from their home. Dark, magical middle grade tale , very atmospheric and exciting, I loved it.
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