After months of living a normal life, thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy faces magic again. Only this time, though, she is cursed with it, thanks to an old depressed skeleton named Errol. Alyssa’s time with her godfather, Alex, will never be the same again, as she can perform sorcery, but never control it.
From letting out enchantments at school to creating outdoor disasters, Alyssa is bound to face consequences. She can only get rid of her powers if she can boost her confidence levels and improve her bravery. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. She must measure those abilities with a special device called a skillometer. Will she be able to get rid of her unwanted wizardry?
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Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions
Book 2: Wizardry Goes Wild
By Sunayna Prasad
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2016 Sunayna Prasad
All rights reserved.
The scent of lavender drifted into Alyssa's nostrils, causing her to inhale. The aroma tickled the inside of her nose. Vapor also touched her face as she lay on top of her bed. She opened her eyes, noticing the lilac-covered mist clouding around her face. Gasping, she bolted up. She turned to her window and saw that it remained shut as it had all day.
Where did this come from? Alyssa thought.
Her stomach knotted as she hopped off her bed. Something like this could not just happen out of nowhere — unless — it was caused by ... wizardry. Alyssa raised her eyebrows as an alarm buzzed inside her head. She couldn't believe it. It was now October — six months since people and creatures doing sorcery had left her life. And that amount of time was only the minimum amount for magic to stay out of her daily routines with everything she'd done. If not, wizardry would have just left her alone forever.
The day after her thirteenth birthday in April, Alyssa had moved from New Jersey to Ohio. When she'd first moved to Ohio, her old wizard mentor, Mathias Williams, had given her two enchanted objects that would protect her from magical peril. Ever since then, sorcery had not interfered with her life. A couple of days after that, she'd moved here to Illinois.
She turned to her closet and dropped her jaw. The door was cracked open, and she remembered that it'd been shut before she'd gone to Chicago, about an hour away from here in Will County. Uh oh — someone must have come here and opened her closet.
Alyssa dawdled over to it and rushed her breaths. Her arm muscles tightened as she opened the door. She jumped and gasped at the shoebox lying on its side. The tape also hung off of it. Hands trembling, Alyssa picked it up and heaved when she saw the inside. Nothing was there.
Some wizard must have appeared here and stolen her warning dome and magic light stick. The dome would have glowed orange to admonish Alyssa about black sorcery coming. The stick would have kept away threatening fantastic creatures and evil magicians. Both these objects would have kept Alyssa permanently safe from those things.
Now that could mean that somebody had disabled the objects before sneaking over here. It must have occurred while Alyssa had been out since late morning today. She groaned. The house had no alarm system. Her godfather and legal guardian, Alex, had a lot of money, yet he still hadn't seemed to consider installing one.
Alyssa sighed and put the box back into her closet. Whoever started that mist must have either taken her objects or had sent somebody to do so. She gazed around her room. The walls remained its mauve color. The furniture stayed where it always had. Her poster of the celebrity, Sapphire Silver Button, was still attached next to her bed. An airbrushed picture of her name hung across from her closet. Everything on top of her desk and dresser stayed still. But no clues suggested any sign of somebody else here.
A swish sounded. That meant a sorcerer or sorceress had appeared her, just now. The person must have set off the mist, as well. Alyssa wanted to know why.
She chose to contact her former wizard mentors from when a previous dark magician named Master Beau, who'd wanted to use her to help him rule France, had kidnapped her to the Fiji Islands at the end of March. So she picked up her Android phone and logged on to her email. First she searched for Mathias, the one who had given her those magical items. No results came up. Then she looked for Isabelle Cunningham, the sorceress who had rescued her from Master Beau in Fiji when she and he had just arrived. Nothing there, either. Alyssa finalized her search by seeing if Simon the English marble figure, who had first told Alyssa about Master Beau in March and had assigned Isabelle and Mathias to be her mentors in Fiji, had sent her anything. Nope — nothing at all.
Alyssa exhaled. Why he wouldn't have emailed her? He had a high level of intelligence, especially with technology. Despite resembling a miniature angel, Simon had a lot of strength, too. He could absorb information from people's minds and could even send out invisible signals, as fast as the speed of sound, to entities when somebody was in danger. That skill never left, even when he'd frozen in Fiji.
Well, whatever the reason, he had not contacted Alyssa. Maybe he had too much going on right now. But then he would have found Alyssa another mentor. She sighed and put her phone down.
Something tickled her palms. She inhaled and swung them back over her shoulders. White light glowed from within her hands. She lowered her jaw, and then the rays shot out and landed on the floor by the door. The beams vanished, and revealed bouncing tiles.
Alyssa's chest constricted and her skin stiffened. She gaped at the leaping pieces, keeping her mouth open. Her respiration became shallow as little air came out of her mouth. This had to be a dream. She couldn't have just done magic. Ordinary people without sorcery in their blood couldn't perform it.
Alyssa could not close her eyes. Nor could she turn away from the tiles. Her heartbeat sped up as she continued to stare at the effects of what she'd just done. As much as she didn't want to, she just had to accept that she had just done an enchantment and had created those springing bits.
But she couldn't become a sorceress. She had not been born with any special powers. Her parents and everybody that'd ever been related to her were just regular beings. Also, Wizard children learned to control their magic at age nine and would complete their education with it by eighteen. But — magic did advance with time, just like technology. New effects and possibilities were added to the laws of sorcery.
I can't let Alex see this, thought Alyssa. She dropped to her knees and crawled over to the tiles.
"Alyssa, is everything all right?" Alex asked.
Alyssa said nothing for a couple of seconds. "Uh ... uh ... yeah, everything's fine, Alex. I ... I just ... need to clean my room."
She grabbed one tile with her right hand. She squeezed a couple others in the same hand. Sweat dampened her back and cheeks as she gathered a couple more into her right hand.
She watched the others bounce. They even transported to other parts of that area. Alyssa eyed the number of tiles, but she decided that she'd waste time if she tried to count them. But she continued to take as many as she could into her right hand. Footsteps thumped down the hall. Alyssa looked up and sucked in breaths.
Then Alex knocked on her door.
"Yeah?" Alyssa answered.
Alex opened the door and jumped back. "Alyssa, what's going on?"
She remained mute and then resumed gathering the other tiles into her left hand.
"Answer me, please," said Alex.
Alyssa inhaled and exhaled as she took the last piece. Then she stood up. She pressed her lips together and tried to say the word, magic.
"Was this ... magic?" Alex covered the bottom of his goatee.
"Who made that happen?" Alex directed his hand to where the tiles had jumped around.
Alyssa stayed silent as her face heated up.
"Please answer me."
"I ... I ..." Alyssa blushed.
Alex raised his eyebrows and dropped his jaw. He clapped his hand over his mouth. "Alyssa," he removed his hand from there, "you made those bouncing tiles?"
Alyssa sighed and looked down. "S ... sort of."
"Why didn't you tell me?" Alex f lipped his palms up at his sides. "I ... uh ..."
"This is serious. You can't hide things like this."
"All right, sorry."
Alex panted. "What are we going to do about your new magic powers? I don't want anything to happen at the party tonight."
"I could stay inside."
"Your friends are going to be here, though. That wouldn't be very fair to them."
"How about I put some gloves on or something?"
Alex sighed. "All right. I think that's a good idea. In the meantime I'll let you get ready." Alex closed the door.
Tonight Alex would hold a mid-autumn backyard party in a heated tent. He had wanted to do it this past summer, except that he hadn't had enough time or money. In spite of that, he'd been considered lucky when he'd bought this house a couple days after being fired from his old job in Ohio. He'd even gotten a job in Cook County, which bordered Will County, before settling here. In fact, that'd been why he and Alyssa had come here. However, Alyssa didn't want to go anymore, despite having her three best friends from school come. Unless there was some way to control her new powers, she wanted to stay in her room. She even had to give a speech with Alex, even though she hesitated and stuttered while speaking to crowds.
Alex might hang out with his friends, but he would still notice Alyssa's absence. So Alyssa elected to go to the event. She opened her closet and pulled out the wide-strapped, blue and black dress she'd bought earlier today in Chicago. It'd been after she and Alex had met with the party staff.
She peeled off her muted purple t-shirt and leggings and put on the new outfit. Then she lifted her straight, pale blonde hair up from the middle of her butt, where it fell to, and brushed it. She secured that back halfway with a blue ribbon.
After applying her makeup and jewelry, Alyssa opened her closet and pulled out a pair of black sandals.
As she turned around, a piece of paper appeared out of nowhere. She picked it up and read it.
The experiment worked. You are now ready to help me revive Master Beau Duchamp, Alyssa McCarthy.
Alyssa gasped. Who's this Errol guy and why does he want to revive Master Beau's soul?
Master Beau had caused a lot of trouble for her. Not only had he kidnapped her to the Fiji Islands in March, but he'd also wanted to overthrow the French government after they'd exiled him a few years ago. His grown son (who'd been put up for adoption) had killed Alyssa's parents in a car crash when she was seven. He'd been unable to handle his son's arrest and had committed a crime severe enough that the French government had banished him to Australia.
When he'd found out that a magical connection to an ordinary person had been possible when their family members approached each other, he'd formed it on Alyssa last year in October. It had been to make any strengthening effects on one weaken the other. It had taken five months until it'd been completed in March. Since Alyssa had been the last living immediate family member to both her parents, the connection had succeeded and would not have worked on anybody else. When the connection had been ready seven months ago, Master Beau had introduced magic into Alyssa's life by turning the rain outside her uncle's house in New Jersey black and spelling out a message about sorcery.
The whole point of Master Beau taking Alyssa away had been to help strengthen him so he could rule France. She'd escaped, and with the help of Isabelle, Mathias, and Simon, she'd done everything she could have to overthrow him.
Despite the defeat, Master Beau's soul had ascended from his body and had traveled here to the United States. Now what Alyssa wished to know was if this Errol guy knew how Master Beau had treated her and everyone on her side. There had to be some reason he wanted Master Beau's soul to resurrect. It could be to help him with something — or worse — it could be to harm Alyssa again.
Well, whatever the reason, Alyssa decided that she had to stop this as well as to remove her magic powers. She had had enough stress in her life.
After losing her parents, she'd been sent to live with her aunt, Laura and uncle, Bruce. Aunt Laura had died when she was nine and then Uncle Bruce had toughened up his attitude and had placed unfair rules on Alyssa and her younger cousin, Hailey. Alex had been granted legal custody of her in April, and Alyssa had enjoyed her life with him since.
So she wanted to find ways to eliminate problems as soon as she could. But she could not come up with any ideas on how she get rid of her powers. She didn't even know how she could convince Errol to leave her alone and stop reincarnating Master Beau.
Alex knocked on her door again and opened it. He wore his suit and had his shoulder-length, light brown hair secured back into a ponytail.
"You look pretty, Lyss." He smiled.
"Thanks." Alyssa put her phone into her little bag.
"Why are you taking your phone? We're in the backyard."
"I just want it in case one of my wizard mentors calls me."
"Okay." Alex shrugged his shoulders.
The two walked downstairs to the closet. Alyssa put on her pea coat and some black leather gloves.
"Now, Alyssa, what are you going to do if the gloves don't help?"
"I don't know."
"I'll think about it. I promise I'll come up with something. For now, though, I'll just give the gloves a try." Alyssa walked into the kitchen. She appreciated Alex's treatment to her and even loved him as a father figure. Her parents had actually named him the first priority legal guardian for her before they'd lost their lives. In spite of that, Alyssa still missed her parents and aunt and even experienced watery eyes or sleeplessness every once in a while due to their deaths.
Alyssa now walked down the little hallway parallel to the kitchen. Although its width stretched only enough for two people to walk together, Alyssa could walk to the backdoor in less than fifteen steps.
The breeze cooled her down as she passed the swimming pool and walked down the little hill into the tent.
The heat caused her body to perspire. She took off her coat and looked around. Orange, yellow, and brown balloons covered each pole. A DJ played music near the entrance. A white cloth covered each table, including the round ones for sitting at and the rectangular ones for serving.
Alyssa looked around at the crowd of people. She saw the back of a head and chestnut curls spiraling to the elbows. Despite not seeing the freckles on her face, Alyssa figured out that the girl was her friend, Sydney Watson, since she saw her browsing through her phone.
"Hey, Sydney." Alyssa sat across from her.
"What's up?" Sydney put her hand up.
Alyssa took a deep breath. "I don't want to be here."
"What's the problem?" Sydney put her lemonade down.
"Magic." Alyssa looked down.
Sydney arched her eyebrows and tilted her head.
"You forgot?" Alyssa flipped her palms up in front of her. "I told you about it when I first met you." She watched as Sydney raised her eyes and gasped.
"So sorry, Alyssa. But I do have, like, a ton of homework and stuff. I can't remember everything from
April." "Well, I'd thought you'd remember."
"Now that you've mentioned it, I do." Sydney nodded. "But what's going on with you."
Alyssa gulped. "I ... I sort of can do magic now."
Sydney spat out her drink and backed into her chair.
"Sydney, are you okay?" Alyssa stood up.
"I'm fine." Sydney held her hand out. She coughed a few times.
"Drink your lemonade." Alyssa moved the glass toward Sydney.
Sydney took a sip. "You scared the heck out of me, Alyssa."
"Sorry." Alyssa sat down.
"Are you being dead serious about this?" Sydney bent her eyebrows.
Sydney covered her mouth. "You better be careful."
"I'll try. The only problem is that I can't control it."
"What?" Sydney leaned in closer. "Are you joking?"
"I wish. I actually decided to wear gloves." Alyssa held up her hands.
"Hello, guys," said Lily Browne, another friend of Alyssa's. Lily trotted to them and smiled. Her dark brown hair bounced against her waist.
She sat next to Alyssa. She put her hands on her knees and sighed. "This is going to be so awesome." Lily giggled.
"I hope so." Alyssa looked down.
"What's the matter, Alyssa?" Lily tilted her head and pressed her lips together. "Had a bad day?"
"Not until right before the party," Alyssa said.
"Aw." Lily patted Alyssa's shoulder. "It'll be okay."
"What if I told you that I can do magic now?" Alyssa flipped her palms up.
Lily's jaw dropped, and she heaved a gasp. "No ... kidding. Can you show me a trick?"
Alyssa shook her head. "But I'm glad you remembered when I told you. Sydney didn't."
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions: Wizardry Goes Wild by Sunayna Prasad is the second book in the series. Alyssa McCarthy has spent the last few months adjusting to her new normal life with her godfather, Alex, but all that changes when a skeleton called Errol curses her. Now she can never control her sorcery, which means her enchantments come at the worse possible times. Facing the consequences for her ill timed enchantments, Alyssa also has to find a way to be brave enough to control her magic and to stop Errol's plan to come back to life. Can she save herself before it's too late? Sunayna Prasad has a strong young heroine in Alyssa who struggles with ordinary kid problems like being responsible and school, just with the added addition that she also has out of control magic. Yet Alyssa is easy to relate to. She gets frustrated, misunderstood, and uses the obstacles she goes up against to discover her strength. Alyssa is a modern heroine, with today's technology, but it's sidelined to her struggles with magic. Most of the magical situations seem to tie back to how Alyssa handles her school life, include the escaped animals from the magical zoo, which are an eccentric and fun part of the story. The novel is aimed at young adults, but the wonder filled perspective with the bizarre characters is appealing for all ages. Wizardry Goes Wild is a whimsical, delightful, and creative journey through a child's perspective, capturing the otherworldly imagination with charm.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Wizardry Goes Wild by Sunayna Prasad is Book 2 of Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions. Alyssa McCarthy has finally got her life back to normal when magic strikes again. This time, Errol, a depressed skeleton, causes Alyssa to be cursed and, although she can perform magic, she can’t control it. Mishaps abound with disaster everywhere Alyssa turns, and the only way she can remove these powers is if she can become more confident and brave. That is easier said than done though, especially when she has to use a Skillometer to measure her confidence and bravery. Can Alyssa rid herself of these magical powers or is she destined to be cursed forever? Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions Book 2: Wizardry Goes Wild by Sunayna Prasad is a mixture of magic and modern. This is a well-written story, following on from Alyssa’s adventures in book 1 (which I did not read). I felt that although I hadn’t read the first book, my enjoyment was not impaired because there is plenty of description that helped me to understand the background. The character development was sufficient for a second book in a series and, although I found this an enjoyable read, I would recommend that anyone who wants to read it starts with book 1 first. There is plenty of action here, an almost never-ending supply of it as Alyssa comes to terms with her powers and simultaneously works to rid herself of them. There is also a serious side to the story as it teaches young readers about the importance of bravery and confidence in real life. Recommended reading for all young adults and a thoroughly enjoyable story.
Alyssa McCarthy has been living like any 13-year-old, but when she is cursed with magic. She has to figure out how to control it when all she wants to do is get rid of it. Many magical things happen around her very unexpectedly and she learns that if she builds her confidence and bravery she may get her wish. This is not going to happen easily since most kids have learned to harness their magic by Alyssa’s age. I read From Frights to Flaws and enjoyed following Alyssa on her adventures. I was really excited to see what happens to her in this book. I felt for Alyssa as she is trying to handle the magic that just seems to cause more problems than it is worth. But I loved the message of having her improve her confidence and bravery, this is great for kid’s reading the story. This is a really good, fantasy series for kids of all ages. It has a good message and lots of action to keep you involved in the story. I am excited to see what happens next in this series. I received Wizardry Goes Wild from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Alyssa McCarthy is back for another adventure in Wizardry Goes Wild. This time, she’s cursed with magic, but she struggles to control it – a talented sorcrer she is not. Alyssa doesn’t want to be a wizard at all, but she can only get rid of her powers if she raises her confidence and improves her bravery. I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was glad to see Alyssa again. She’s a wonderful, bright girl, and in this book, she’s on a bit of a personal quest, making it easy for the reader to get to know her even better. The blend of technology and magic works well, the plot is fast-paced, and the characters are very likeable. Middle graders will love this book. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.