The Trouble With Magic by Danyelle Leafty


Once upon a time, a young girl with too much magic on her hands turned her sister into a toad. On accident, of course.

Bettony is doing everything she can to turn her sister Cadmilla back into a person. Unfortunately, magic hasn’t been as much help as she thought it would be.

Instead of the fairy tale she’d hoped for, Bettony has had her hands full trying to de-toadify her sister, figure out her magic, and deal with the loss of her song.

That is, until she does the unthinkable and “borrows” her fairy godmother’s wand. Only for three nights—just long enough for her sister to attend the three royal balls that could be the answer to her future dreams and happiness.

After that, she’ll return the wand and confess her crime. In the meantime, though, she has a happily ever after to plan, a fairy godmother to avoid, and magical aid from an unexpected source.

And maybe, once this is all over, she’ll see about getting a wand of her own.
After all, how much trouble can a single wand cause? Bettony is about to find out . . .

About the Book:

Age range: 10 and up

Series: The Secret Stepsister Society Book 2

Genre: Fairy tale/fantasy

Print Length: 173 pages

Publisher: Curious Leaf Press (January 2, 2015)

My Thoughts:

This was a cute book, but not without its imperfections. I read the first book quite a while ago, so my memory of the story was murky, and this book didn’t bring me up to speed as well as I’d hoped. While it was beautifully written, there were quite a few typos where words had been left out, extra words, or the wrong word used. The pace was slow, confusing at times, and focused a lot on Bettony’s internal struggles, which makes me doubt if children would like the book.

Regardless of whether or not kids will like the book, I liked it. I really liked the way it ended and the changes Bettony made along the way. I like the author’s style of writing and I think she has wonderful potential. While I didn’t understand everything that happened in the story, I liked that the solution to Bettony’s troubles was not easy to discover, yet simple in nature.

If you haven’t read this series, start with the first book, The Trouble with Toads.  It’s an unusual and funny spin on an old fairy tale.

Content: clean

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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