Review: ‘Bad Magic’ by Pseudonymous Bosch

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous BoschI must confess. I have had this book forever. OK, that’s stretching the truth a little bit, but I received this book back in July of 2014. Then, as it happens sometimes, it fell off of my e-reader. So when I was trying to catch up with my reviews, I realized I had to check it out of the library. I’ve tried to read it twice, and then seriously buckled down and finished it. It is due back to the libary on Friday after checking it out ten times.

So that beginning sounds a bit ominous, doesn’t it? I don’t usually DNF books if I can help it, and since I got the book for free (originally!) in order to review it, I knew I had to Git R Done.

At its heart, the story is wonderful. Clay gets sent to a summer camp in the middle of nowhere because of something he does at school. He’s dropped into the middle of this crazy place, and he has to try and fit in while figuring out exactly what is even going on. There are so many rules, a ghost story, the tale of the rich benefactor who lived there long ago, and a llama who seems to understand Spanish. That should be enough of a mystery, but there’s a lot more. Clay’s missing brother, their mutual love/hate relationship with magic, a mysterious journal, and The Tempest. Honestly, there’s so much going on that it gets a bit overwhelming – unfortunately, more in a boring kind of way.

Once I was finished, I realized that the main problem I had with this book was that it is a set-up for books to come. Well, I have to assume that, of course, but it sure felt that way. Plus all of the protracted absurdity really got a little tiresome. OK, I get it. Crazy stuff abounds. I don’t want you to think that the writing isn’t good, but it is. It just needed to be dialed back a bit, while increasing the more interesting parts. I’ll let you figure out which are which.

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch was be published September 16, 2014 by Little, Brown Books For Young Readers. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher and the Author.

Rating: 3

Genre: Middle Grades Fiction Action/Adventure Fantasy Mystery Series
Ages: 10 and up

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