Review: Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

bad magic by pseudonymous bosch

A magical new series from Pseudonymous Bosh, the bestselling author of the Secret Series

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 Ranch, a camp for “troubled” kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there.

But at Earth Ranch, there is one strange surprise after another, until Clay no longer knows what to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he really see a ghost? What is the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? The only thing he knows for sure is that behind the clouds of vog (volcanic smog), nothing is as it seems. Can he solve the riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts?

Elusive author Pseudonymous Bosch introduces an extraordinary new series that will have you believing in the unbelievable.

Description taken from Goodreads.


I’m actually not allowed to tell you what I thought of this book. It’s a secret.

But I’ll let you in on the secret, because somethings are just too good not to break the rules for–as Clay knows.

Nobody, not Lemony Snicket or anyone else, writes like Pseudonymous Bosch and can get away with it. This story is unbelievably good, better and less annoying than any book in the SECRET series, and SECRET fans will be blown away by it. I loved the use of magic in this book, and the bond between the two brothers that was quirky and yet really strong. I WANT MORE.

The writing, the plot, the pacing and the characters all shone in this story. It starts off a little slow, but speeds up to just the right pace and keeps you guessing (even when you think there’s nothing to guess about) around every small corner. My advice: read this story. Read it before SECRET, because SECRET can be obnoxious sometimes. And love it. And then read SECRET. 4.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 400

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