Genres: Adventure, Childrens Books, Fantasy, Magical, Pre-Teen, Teens
The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions Book 1) by Sunayna Prasad
A world of magic and adventure awaits…Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything. “Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere.” Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant. Originally titled “From Frights to Flaws”, this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the Magical Missions series.
The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions Book 1) by Sunayna Prasad is a wonderful fantasy adventure filled with magic, evil wizardry, enchanting lands, strange creatures and a fast paced, thrilling storyline. Mainly geared toward pre-teens and teens, all ages will enjoy and revel in this must read, 5 star book which is sure to become a bestseller.
Twelve-year-old, Alyssa lives with her Uncle Bruce and his daughter, Hailey. Alyssa’s life is less than easy as her uncle is overly strict, subjecting Alyssa to demanding rules and constant chores while restricting her from all modern technology, except for computer use for her school work. Alyssa wishes her life was easier and desperately longs for the comfort of love she once enjoyed before her parents had died in an accident five years ago. Weird magical events begin to happen around her, and she receives a message in the raindrops that magic will soon change her life. Then, Alyssa is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer, Master Beau, and snatched away to Fiji. She is now a slave along with other children, on the island of Yanowic. Now Alyssa finds herself in a new enchanting mystical place that uses magic combined with high technology. Sorcerer, Master Beau aims to use Alyssa to regain his power, while she wants nothing more than to make an escape for home. What is the connection and why does he need Alyssa?
In The Frights of Fiji, Sunayna Prasad has created an enchanting world for kids to escape into while reading this exciting children’s fantasy and magic book, The Frights of Fiji. She has developed fun characters that are likable, relatable and even a bit awkward. In today’s world many kids are subjected to living their lives within dysfunctional families, just like the protagonist, Alyssa. I think this is a real plus, as pre-teens and teens, alike, will feel and welcome the emotion of this story. The world-building in this book is impressive, colorful and expressive putting the readers on the scene in this other-worldly magical realm on the mesmerizing island of Yanowic. The creative descriptive writing, along with the meaningful dialog between the characters, will hold the attention, and fully captivate young readers as they journey along with Alyssa and her friends throughout this fascinating story. This is the first book in the “Magical Missions” series and I have found author, Sunayna Prasad to be a highly imaginative, exceptional storyteller and a remarkable writer.