Magic is BAD.
As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that's what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks.
When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth ...more
I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since I read this. A lot has changed and I actually really enjoyed it. More than the first time around. It helped that I finally got to read the sequels too.
I’ll write more details in my review of the third book. But for now, all I’ll say is that I’m really glad that I came back to this series and this author. It felt like coming home.
Original review: December 2014
Before reading: GUYS I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! I just got a copy of Bad Magic as a Chr ...more
Opening line: "This book begins with a bad word."
Okay, so that line cer ...more
I really liked this book, but for lots of reasons that no one else seems to be mentioning.
First things first - I did not care that much for the first two volumes of the "Secret Series". The narrator was way too arch and intrusive for me, and I just didn't respond well to the antic cleverness of it all. I get it that lots of kid readers love that series and its comfortable jokiness, and I think that's wonderful, but it was just a bit too muc ...more
When Clay is sent to a camp for mischievous children, the crime he didn't commit seems inexplicably linked to a mystery on the island and an even greater mystery in his own home.
I've wanted to read the Secret Series for a very long time as the writer reminds me of Lemony Snicket, but it wasn't until I received this book on NetGalley that I had access to Pseudonymous Bosch's work. This book has all of the elements I look for in a ...more
First off, the plot takes a really long time to get started. Once it does get started, it built up really quickly and gets pretty suspenseful. But then, at the last minute, most of the stuff is resolved, and it all kind of crumbles. There is all this really ha ...more
I received a copy of 'Bad Magic' by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I read this in one siting! Great start to an exciting series for students in grades 4-6. There is magic, adventure and mystery all rolled into a past paced story. Just when you think you have things figured out, the plot shifts and the reader is surprised again.
And I wasn't disappointed, not one bit. You know how sometimes, someone recommends a book so highly, and you have these huuuge expectations... only to be disappointed? Not the ...more
Ok, I didn't like this book nearly as much as the second one. Perhaps it just took me a while to get used to the author's writing style, which I hear is Lemony-Snicket-esque. Not having read Lemony Snicket, I cannot vouch for this.
The thing that I do like about Pseudonymous Bosch is that I can't ever figure out where his books are going. I can't figure out any plot twists or such like that. And for me, that is major. Whenever I come across a book or movie that truly surprises me, it is a note ...more
Psuedonymous Bosch, happens to be an author for not only the The Secret Series but also the Bad Series. It seems that these two series are actually connected through character relationships. In The Name of This Book is Secret, features a character name M.E., Max-Ernest as well as his friend Cass, who were on their way to discover a secret. I have not read this series but after reading the Bad Magic a...more
I borrowed this book from my 12-year-old cousin and thought I'd give it a try and I never expected it to be this good. Humourous and plot twisty and legit amazing!
Probably the only Middle Grade read of the year, but still, I don't regret this one!
Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
[Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and unbiased review of this book. I was in no way compensated for my review and was not required to provide a positive review.]
This book is part of a series of books written by Pseudonymous Bosch. Now I don't know Mr. or Mrs. Bosch, but I do happen to appreciate the play on words in the name. It's kind of like ...more
So that beginning sounds a bit ominous, doesn't it? I ...more
I like it when a book is talking to me and this is what this book accomplishes, the author writes as if he’s talking to his readers. Clay and his brother Max-Ernest are “bad brothers,” bad is their bond which started over a discussion over swear words. Max-Ernest, an amateur magician performs his magic at home and Clay learns while watching him. Max-Ernest disappears one day without any explanation leaving his family asking lots of questions. Years later, while at school inside one of C ...more
Bosch uses wry humor and a comfortable story telling style to introduce protagonist Clay, a 12 year old familiar with magic since his preschool days. But since his older brother with whom he shared the pursuit of magic mysteriously left home, ...more
It’s here where things take a turn for the strange. Something isn’t right and Clay realizes this early on. However, it takes almost 60% of the book to ...more
Bad magic is a fun book to read. A blend of magic, mystery, adventure, and a little comedy give the reader plenty of reasons not to put the story down. The writing is up tempo and corky and is a very nice change in storytelling from a typical third person.
This is the first book in a new series by Pseudonyms Bosch, as well as the first book I have read of this particular author. This series ties into his previous one, which I plan to read after reading Bad Magic.
The Longer Review ...more
I greatly enjoyed and thoroughly recommend Bad Magic by Psedonymous Bosch (2014). The book follows the adventures of Clay, who is wrongly sent to Earth Ranch, a mysterious camp for juvenile delinquents on an isolated island. Clay, with the help of his new camp friends, slowly learns about the history of the island and unravels the secrets of Earth Ranch and its benefactor, Randolph Price.
I love Bosch’s style of writing ...more
The book becomes a mystery that needs solving. But as matters gradually unfold what emerges is a staged series of tests that pushes Clay to his limits. However, this tactic cheats the reader of any emoti ...more
It all started with a harmless looking journal given to Clay by Mr. Bailey, the journal they used when performing The Tempest. Who knew that whatever Clay wrote in the journal, would end up on the walls of school? Did Mr. Bailey know? Busted for graffiti, Clay is sent to Earth Ranch, a camp for “wayward youth.” The camp is on an island that used to be the residence of the mysterious Mr. Price and his niece. With a huge house and library, ...more
Other books in the series
'Hola Como se llama? Yo me llamo C. Llama.'
During his preschool years, Clay's favorite cartoon had featured a Spanish-speaking boy naturalist who was always saving animals with his girl cousin, and Clay still knew enough of the language to translate:
'Hello. How do you call yourself? I call myself Como C. Llama.'
The llama's name is What is your name?”