Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Summary: “When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.
After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they’ll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso’s villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
The Magic Misfits is a middle-grade novel coming out November 21st that I was lucky enough to get an ARC of at Yallwest! When I picked it up, I certainly wasn’t expecting to recognize the name of the author–the famous Neil Patrick Harris. Usually, I’m hesitant when celebrities write novels because a part of me believes their fame assists them in the publishing process, but I also remember that I love Chris Colfer’s books, so I shouldn’t be this judgmental.
In all honesty, this was rather cliché and repeated so many popular tropes, which dropped the rating. Plus, I’m not exactly in the targeted audience, as this is a middle-grade novel and I am an 11th grader, so a lot of it felt far too immature for me. However, so much of it was adorable and heartwarming that I couldn’t help but enjoy it. Keep in mind, that anyone under the age of ten would probably love this.
Harris wrote a diverse cast of characters (and there’s even one in a wheelchair!) with individual personalities that stand out on page. Carter, is absolutely adorable, and I would take a million of him. Not to mention, he deserves all the hugs. I’m excited to see where Harris’ll go with the characters in the future, especially because there are a few with very vague backstories that I cannot wait to explore.
In the end, this was so cute and funny, but didn’t have the depth I needed in a book at the moment. But, that’s really nothing on this book, and more on me being too mature and old (whoops, my bad).