How I Magically Messed Up My Life in 4 Freakin Days by Megan O’Russell @MeganORussell #BookReview #Fantasy #YA #YoungAdult #AmReading

Book Review


The cover caught my attention and the blurb reeled me in!

How I Magically Ruined My Life in 4 Freakin Days (Release Date: August 15, 2017)

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 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 after me for destroying my dad’s penthouse.

But it gets better! Now I’m stuck being the sidekick to the guy who got me into this mess in the first place. It’ll be a miracle if I survive until Monday.

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My Thoughts…

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 magical race of people. Nicer to think that than it’s just home to millions of rats. *Shudder. As usual, I’m totally going off on a tangent but what I’m trying to say is that the location is great and provides the perfect backdrop to Bryant’s adventure.

I really liked this book. The characters are fun and well-developed, the writing is great and contemporary, and the story is entertaining. There are some of the usual tropes present like “the nerdy guy getting the girl” or “the underdog becoming the hero” but it works. They become tropes for a reason right? There are also some really unique ideas too. The idea of a smart phone having spell apps? Brilliant.

If you enjoy yound adult fantasy, wizards, and intrepid youths, I think you will like this book too. Bryant is a very likable protagonist and I can’t wait to see what he gets into next.

Rating… A

About the Author


Megan O’Russell is the author of the YA series Girl of Glass and the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet, both published with Fiery Seas Publishing. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days-due out August 15th-and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic, both with Curiosity Quills Publishing.

In addition to writing, Megan travels the country as a professional musical theatre performer alongside her husband, moving from show to show and stage to stage. She recently had the opportunity to add “lyricist” to her bag of tricks with Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical.

When not wearing tap shoes or writing new stories and songs, Megan can usually be found up a mountain. Sometimes in Alaska, sometimes Space Mountain. Either way, adventure all around.

​Megan O’Russell








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