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How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin' Days (The Tale of Bryant Adams #1)

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Ever wanted to grow a five-story tall flower in central park? How about fight a deadly battle under the subway tunnels of Manhattan?

Don't worry. I never wanted to either. But if you're ever being chased by ladies made of mist and you have to save the girl with the sparkly eyes you've never had the guts to say actual words to, there's an app for that.

I found a magic cell p
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Paperback, 214 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published August 14th 2017)
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Tracy
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Megan O’Russell’s YA novel, How I Magically Messed up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, instantly drew my attention because of its title and its colourful cover art. However, the following lines in the blurb really got my attention. “I found a magic cell phone, opened an app I shouldn’t have, burned down the set shop for my high school’s theatre, and it was all downhill from there. A drag queen seer who lives under a bridge is my only hope for keeping my mom alive, and I think the cops might be aft ...more
Hollis
Every once in a while, I forgot my mom was raised in the Bronx. Watching her calmly pointing a knife at the guy who had tried to kill us without her hand so much as shaking made me appreciate my New York heritage. Truly, we are a species unto ourselves.

HOW I MAGICALLY MESSED UP MY LIFE IN FOUR FREAKIN' DAYS sounded so much like the love child of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter who was then adopted by the Magisterium series. So, it should've been awesome! Modern-day world setting, snarky and unsus
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Cranky Stars


First let's start off with how long this title is. It's a mouthful. I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book but I was pleasantly surprised. Despite my age I've always loved YA and the sweetness behind it.


Bryant was a awkward 17 year old guy with his head in the clouds. He daydreamed so much that he was constantly being pulled out of traffic by little old ladies. He is always with his ever present best friend the enigmatic Devon. Bryant is trying to make it one day at
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Janis Hill
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

What can I say, I love the types of quirky, slightly off kilter stories that Curiosity Quills publish and so when I saw this on their site I had to take a look. Was I disappointed? Nope!

What’s it about? Well, if I was to undersell ‘How I Magically Messed Up My Life In Four Freakin’ Days’ I would say it’s a book about a boy who discovers he is can use magic…
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Dave Higgins
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
O’Russell combines a nuanced urban fantasy world with a plausible teenage misfit to create a mature take on young adult fantasy.

Bryant Adams is an ordinary teenager with ordinary teenage problems, like having divorced parents, crushing on the girl who sits next to him in half his lessons, and having his mother teach drama at his school. And, between his best friend being a hit with women of all ages, his mother wanting to set him up on a date, and keeping visits to his father’s flat a secret, hi
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Pop Bop
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Witty, Imaginative and Action Packed

This book puts a number of clever and often very funny spins on the standard who-knew-I-was-magical-? teen action rom-com, and the result is fast-paced and entertaining.

Our hero, Bryant, is a bit mopey and is almost stupefied by his crush on manic-pixie-dream-girl Elizabeth. It doesn't help that Bryant's absolutely loyal best friend, Devon, is a dreamy lady-killer with a wicked deadpan sense of humor. The book opens slowly, giving us a chance to get to know th
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Reads & Reels
This could be the beginning of a fantastic new wizarding series and I am really looking forward to seeing where Bryant Adams takes us next!

You know, there seems to be a whole lot of magic in NYC. Tons of paranormal stuff going on amongst the hustle and bustle. I think I may need to go back for a visit.

Actually, the location of the story works really well because as most people know, there are literally miles of underground tunnels and abandoned subway stations that can easily be home to a magica
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Cathy
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sabrina
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bryant finds a lost phone and suddenly there are fires springing up all over town, a huge flower growing in central park, he finds out he's a magician and the girl of his dreams has finally noticed him. A fun read.
Giselle
Sep 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Sibil
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: readtoreview
Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the title of this book, it's funny and it made me wanted to read it. The story is good and I enjoyed the reading. It's not perfect, there are some things that could have been done better, and I think a younger reader would enjoy this reading more than an adult, too, but if you are in need of a short reading, that would not take more than a couple of hours and that is entertaining, this
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SnarkyWolf
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free Kindle copy of this book from Netgalley and this has not influenced this review I am now submitting.

The 'Percy Jackson' series is still going strong, even with all of various spin-offs that slowly curve back to follow back into the main story, and when this book 'How I Magically Messed Up My Life In Four Friggin' Days' was mentioned by another reviewer as very similar, but for slightly older readers I was intrigued to see if this was true. I read up to the second book of the '
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Harker
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.75 Stars

When I was sent this summary to decide whether or not to review it, I thought I'd go ahead because based on the description alone it sounds like the kind of book a fan of the Percy Jackson series would enjoy. It promises a lot of crazy accidents, fantastical elements in a modern setting, and characters that are just this side of unbelievable.

I like the collection of characters that were presented in the book, with a slight exception for the main one. Bryant's self-deprecation m
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Melody Lee
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, urban-fantasy
***Review Contains Spoilers***

I really enjoyed this story. It’s a nice twist on the “kid finds out they’re actually magical” genre, involving a magical cellphone and a whole host of unusual characters. The plot is very fast paced; it picks up in the first couple chapters then doesn’t stop until the very end. There’s a good balance between action and character development (all of the characters had a purpose and, at the very least, minor subplots, which is a rarity in these types of stories) and
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Tonja Drecker
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a magical, fast-paced, fantasy packed—with a lovely dose of modern day teen—ride.

This hero is and yet isn't your normal guy. He goes to a super average high school in New York, isn't exactly on the popular end of things, and lives with his mom in an okay-ish apartment where they barely make the bills. But, on the other end, his dad is super rich. . .not that he lets anyone know that. Things get weird when he and his best friend find a phone left in the back of a taxi—a magical phone whic
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Jena Baxter
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are a few editing issues in a specific area of the book. It's pretty minor, and doesn't interfere with the story, so I didn't find it an issue. I know it bothers some people, so I'm throwing it out there. The other 99% of the book is pretty perfect.

I found the storyline to be interesting and unique. Main character Bryant finds a phone with magical powers, and after a couple of mishaps, he and his friends, Devon, and Elizabeth try to decide what they can do with the evil device. Megan O'Rus
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Taiwo Balogun
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an e-ARC of this book from Sara (https://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com). This does not affect my review in any way

Summary: This book is a mix of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson

I should have finished this book since but I’ve been on a reading slump for ages and I kept on reading a little then stopping. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. On the contrary, I really loved this book.

What drew me to it at first was the very long name and the book cover. That cover is beautiful.

Bryant is an
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Kathy Finfrock
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
After the previous two books I've read, Chosen and Ultimate Sacrifice, I was in need of something a bit light hearted. I still wanted a touch of magic and thrill. This novel did not disappoint. I was hoping for more slapstick than it had. Still it was a good adventure/quest story about a nerdy boy crushing on the prettiest girl in school and for some unknown reason to him he discovers that she likes him too. Without giving spoilers, she likes him because of something she sees in him. Although to ...more
Kathy - Books & Munches
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, read-in-2017
A little while back I received the e-ARC for How I Magically Messed Up My Life In Four Freakin' Days by Megan O'Russell through NetGalley. So a big thank you to Megan O'Russell and Curiosity Quills Press for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
The cover hadn't even been revealed yet when I requested this book, but truth be told: that synopsis sounded way too good.

All of that happened during four days?! This book sounded like it was pact with lots of goodness so it upped my expectat
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The Pursuit Of Bookiness
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bryant Adams spends his life feeling out of place and awkward. His best friend is more attractive and outgoing than him, his Mum is the most popular teacher at his school and his Dad is a millionaire. Bryant however is decidedly average…until he starts to develop some pretty unusual skills.

The best thing about YA fiction is that it is full of typical teenage angst and frustration and this is no exception. Wether he is chasing mythical creatures or evading death, all that really matters is will B
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Lewis Reviews
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the opening paragraph all the way through, I found myself completely in love with Megan's novel. The story was entertaining and the characters lovable. Most of all, the narrator's voice was so clear, especially in the unique title. As is my habit, I ended up reading well into the night, and early morning, because I couldn't put it down.

The story is definitely for the upper edge of Middle-Grade/lower Young Adult. The story line was not overly complex, easy to follow and understand, yet creat
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Crazybooklady
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Humor, adventure, friendship and family. "How I magically messed up my life" is an interesting mix of other mid grade stories like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, but still it's own story and a solid addition to the genre. A kid stumbles into a situation out of his understanding and control, magic and mayhem ensue. Bryant is an average teenager, has a best friend Devon, a girl from school that he has a crush on Elizabeth, and his mom. He and Devon were on the way home one night and found a cell ...more
Mindy
I actually quite enjoyed this read way more than I expected. I was intrigued by the title and the description so decided to give it a try. I'm very glad I did. The book did seem to start a bit slow, but only because the author was setting up the characters, which ended up being quite necessary for the rest of the book. Once the action starts, it doesn't stop. If there was one flaw I would say that some of the main charcuterie thoughts were over-explained and his reaction and disbelief was noted ...more
Nathan Smith
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How I Magically Messed Up My Life...is an exceedingly fun and entertaining read. Megan O'Russell, who has a knack for writing YA novels that folks of all ages will enjoy, has written, in my opinion, her best book yet with this offering. Like The Tethering novels and Girl of Glass the author has created likeable and, despite the magic/fantasy aspects the characters find themselves in, identifiable characters that draw you into the story and leave you wanting more. The humor and use of a magical s ...more
Clarice
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I rather enjoyed reading this book! Full of magic and danger, even though it is a YA read, I was thoroughly entertained. And it seems pretty accurate of teens. In fact, so much so that I wouldn't recommend it for young teens but only due to the language in it. Bryant, Elizabeth, and Devon end up on quite a harrowing journey and all because they found a cell phone in a cab and decided to return it to the owner. Just that one thing led to a whole string of insane events that put everyone in danger ...more
GothicMom'S Reviewers
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jenn
Ever have your phone fall out of your pocket? Ever find someone's cell phone? Ever try and check out what's on that phone? DON'T!

Cabs in New York are a luxury, so when a pale drunk guy stumbles out just as you are hailing one, you don't take the chance of someone snagging it while you return his cell phone to him. But, unlocking the phone and checking it out, not a good plan. And don't play with apps you don't understand either. Bryant learns this the hard way.

This was a cute romp through the Bi
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Jill Jemmett
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this story.

It’s very fast paced. As the title says, it all happens in four days. There’s so much that happens.

The dynamics of the characters were really good. Bryant had the help of two friends, Devon and Elizabeth. This trio reminded me of Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

The setting of New York City was great too. Since I could picture it clearly, it made the crazy things that happen stand out so much more, such as an enormous flower growing out of Central Park.

Though the story had hints of Ha
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Mary Bernsen
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun, relevant book for all the socially awkward kids out there! I was one of them back *mumbles* years ago, so I get the need to believe that one day you're going to wake up and be the star of your own story. The hero, Bryant Adams, gets that chance when he finds a magical cell phone that only works for magical special folk and -to his surprise- he is one! I loved how the girl he's had had is eye on forever just happens to get pulled into the mess so she gets a chance to see just ...more
Brandy
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in 2 days I could not put it down!! It was just that good. I am really hoping for a book 2 I really liked the characters in this book you will find one that you will click with and I think that is what made it hard to put down!
Izzy
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve ever felt like the sidekick in your own story, this is the book for you!

Bryant Adams is having a rough couple of days, and it all starts with a good deed and a cellphone. Bryant’s narration of his life shows him as a sidekick to his best friend, Devon, who is definitely ‘cooler’ than he is and head over heels in love with, Elizabeth, who may not even know he exists. When he finds a cellphone that changes his life, magic and mayhem and a little bit of fate take him from a normal high s
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Megan O'Russell is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan's current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin' Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl ...more
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