Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 2
Release date: August 15th 2017
I went into what I am shortening to Magically Messed Up for the purpose of this review (because the title is far too long) expecting a hilarious urban fantasy about the dangers of messing with magic. Unfortunately, that’s not what I got. What I got was a stereotypical urban fantasy with flat characters that barely made me snort. It wasn’t horrible, which is how it got 2 stars out of me, but it wasn’t good (for legitimate reasons) either.
Let’s talk about the characters first. The characters have the capacity to make or break books like Magically Messed Up. If you’re going have the basic kid does something and finds out they are a wizard, troll, alien, Pop-Tart space cat, etc. plotline, the characters have to be exceptional in some way. They have to have a strong voice/ personality to carry this story we have seen countless times and make it feel like something new. Bryant and his friends are not exceptional. Elizabeth is the perfect popular girl, Dylan is utterly forgettable and essentially useless, and Bryant is a jerk. Sadly, I can’t really tell you anything apart from that.
Speaking of Bryant being a jerk, I don’t get his friendship with Dylan. Dylan seems like an okay person from what little we know about him, but Bryant is constantly mistrusting and degrading him. This is not a healthy portrayal of friendship.
The dialogue was also strange. Being 18, I don’t think I have ever heard people use ‘cause as often as it is used in this book. Shockingly enough, teenagers are capable of saying the full word because. Ya was also used a lot, along with ‘nother, a term I had never seen/ heard until reading this book.
Overall, Magically Messed Up was your typical urban fantasy (complete with fantastical battle scene). It was not atrocious by any means, but it certainly isn’t worth reading, earning it 2 stars out of 5.