Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
The author of The Secret Series is back with a new series that will make you believe what you thought unbelievable.
Clay used to believe in magic, but now to him it is BAD, fake, as unreal as it gets. He has a journal he keeps and when words from his journal appear on the school wall tagged as graffiti, he is blamed. He is kicked out of school and his only hope of returning is to attend Earth Ranch, a camp for troubled young kids on a remote volcanic island. He isn’t happy about it but he goes. The longer he is there the less he can deny that the island has some interesting features. He doesn’t want to call it a magical island, but that is all he can think of to call it. Nothing is as it seems and he becomes more determined to find out the truth about the island than to find a way home.
When I read The Secret Series I was quickly intrigued by this new series for young readers. It was fun, witty, and totally out of the ordinary. I wasn’t very pleased with the way that series ended, which made me a little hesitant, only a little, to start this new series. I wanted to see what Bosch had in store for readers. At the beginning, it didn’t seem to be related to The Secret Series. (Small Spoiler, there is a connection to the secret series, Clay, the main character here, is the younger brother of Max-Earnest, one of the main characters of The Secret Series.) With that being said, I’m pleased to say that Bad Magic exceeded my expectations. The story goes in an entirely different direction than the previous series and didn’t lose me for a second. I read this very quickly and didn’t have any trouble keeping up with the characters or what was going on. There are other connections to a few YA/Children’s books here, such as Holes by Louis Sachar, kids being sent to a delinquent camp and Peter Pan, a group of lost boys/girls working together with types of magic. All that rolled into one make for a very interesting new series. I can’t wait to see what happens next!