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"The New Enchantress": A Spellbinding Journey of Courage and Magic

"The New Enchantress (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions)" by Sunayna Prasad, published on April 25, 2021, is an enthralling fantasy novel perfect for middle-grade readers. This indie gem, sponsored by iRead Book Tours, comes with an exciting book giveaway. In this latest installment of Alyssa McCarthy’s adventures, readers are taken on a rollercoaster ride of magic, danger, and self-discovery.

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My Review

In "The New Enchantress", Sunayna Prasad crafts a captivating tale that blends magic, adolescence, and high-stakes adventure. As the story unfolds, we follow fourteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy, who a vengeful sorcerer curses. Her life is turned upside down when she inadvertently gains dangerous magical powers she can't control, risking everything she holds dear.


The narrative starts with Alyssa’s last days in junior high, quickly escalating into a magical mayhem as her newfound powers wreak havoc. The sorcerer's hex not only grants Alyssa involuntary magical abilities, but also poses a dire ultimatum: master her magic or lose her memory and freedom forever. The plot is a well-paced mix of action, emotion, and suspense, keeping readers hooked as Alyssa navigates the perils of adolescence alongside her supernatural challenges.


Alyssa is a well-drawn protagonist whose struggles with her powers mirror the typical trials of growing up. Her vulnerability and determination make her a relatable and inspiring character. The secondary characters, from her loyal friends to the menacing sorcerer, add depth and tension to the story. The interplay between Alyssa and her friends highlights themes of trust, loyalty, and the fear of the unknown, enriching the emotional tapestry of the book.


Prasad’s world-building is both imaginative and immersive. The blend of the ordinary and the magical creates a vivid backdrop for Alyssa’s journey. Whether it’s the familiar setting of her middle school or the fantastical realms she encounters, each scene is painted with enough detail to pull readers into Alyssa's world.

What I liked:

One of the standout elements of "The New Enchantress" is its ability to balance the magical with the mundane. Alyssa’s struggles with her uncontrollable powers serve as a metaphor for the tumultuous changes of adolescence, making her journey relatable. The narrative's pacing ensures that there’s never a dull moment, and the stakes are always high, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

What I didn't like:

While the book excels in many areas, there are moments where the dialogue feels a bit stilted. Some interactions between characters could have been more natural, enhancing the overall flow of the story. However, this is a minor critique in an otherwise engaging read.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (3.5/5 stars)


"The New Enchantress" is a magical adventure that will captivate young adult readers and anyone who enjoys a good fantasy tale. Sunayna Prasad has crafted an entertaining and thought-provoking story filled with memorable characters and high-stakes drama. Alyssa McCarthy’s journey is one of courage, growth, and the enduring power of friendship, making this book a must-read.

Don’t forget to enter the book giveaway for a chance to win your copy of The New Enchantress!


1 comentario

Mike Law
Mike Law
28 jun

This looks very exciting. Thanks for sharing.

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