Monday, February 3, 2020

THE FRIGHTS OF FIJI (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions: Book 1) | by Sunayna Prasad #ComingOfAge #MiddleGrade #Adventure #Excerpt #Giveaway #Series #GoddessFish

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for The Frights of Fiji by Sunayna Prasad.  This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.  Here on my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt for you, my book report as well as the tour-wide giveaway, which is for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.  Pretty cool, right?  Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more exclusive excerpts and opportunities to enter the giveaway.  Have fun and enjoy!

Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions: Book 1
by Sunayna Prasad
Published: Oct. 20, 2018
Pages: 136
Genre: Coming of Age/Middle-Grade Adventure


A world of magic and adventure awaits…

Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.

"Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere."

Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.

Originally titled "From Frights to Flaws", this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the "Magical Missions" series.


The raindrops darkened into black, looking as if ink fell from the sky. Alyssa leaned closer to them. She squinted to determine the shapes they formed on the kitchen window… letters.
No! That couldn’t happen. Yet, a message spelled out as more pigments plopped onto the glass. Alyssa gasped at what it said.

Your life will never be the same again, Alyssa McCarthy, as magic will interfere.
What? Magic didn’t exist—at least that’d been what others had told her when she was little. No one on Orion Street could possess enchanted abilities.

Alyssa had lived here since she’d lost her parents in that car crash five years ago. She’d only been seven then. How would she tell her uncle, Bruce, about this? He’d consider her crazy. He’d already toughened up his attitude and rules. So he might consider it an excuse to escape this house.

Although Alyssa’s parents had designated her godfather as the first priority guardian, Uncle Bruce forbade her to try and contact him. He’d hidden the phone number and other information about him.

Since Alyssa’s aunt, Laura had died three years ago, Uncle Bruce had required fun to be earned. And that took more effort than Alyssa could often accomplish.

Turning around, she spotted her babysitter, Mrs. Hutchinson, examining the kitchen floor. Alyssa’s eleven-year-old cousin, Hailey, watched the progress. Hailey had mopped the floor. Would she earn a break now? Ever since her uncle, Bruce, had hired Mrs. Hutchinson, Mrs. Hutchinson had admired the way Hailey had done her chores more than Alyssa.

“Hailey, you can take a break until your next chore,” said Mrs. Hutchinson. “Alyssa, get back to work. You’ve been staring at the rain for too long.”

“Okay.” Alyssa turned back—only to see the message gone and the rain back to its
normal transparency.

“What did I say?” asked Mrs. Hutchinson.

Alyssa sighed. “Fine, I’ll finish washing the dishes.”


I loved this awesome book! I would totally recommend it for tweens! It's about a girl named Alyssa who discovers magic.  Her parents had died when she was young and she had to live with her relatives who she thought were mean. While she had to wait for the legal system to process her being able to go live with her Godfather, she gets kidnapped by a magical villain and taken to Fiji.

The story involves lots of twists and turns and is super creative. They do talk about death some and even plotting a death so decide if you are up for that before you read it. But if you love fantasy and magic as I do then I'd truly recommend this book.  It's a quick and fun book to read!

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I gratefully received this complimentary book I requested. I am leaving my review voluntarily and all opinions are my own.


Sunayna Prasad has been writing stories for over several years, starting at the age of six. Now in her 20's, she is done with college and will pursue a career in art and design as well as continue to write for children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies, and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.


  1. Thank you for sharing this book, it sounds like a very great read and I'm glad I got to hear about it.

  2. How did you come up with the design on the cover?

    1. I thought it fit the title and genre. I am a very visual thinker.

  3. Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing your review!

  4. My daughter will enjoy this adventure story.

  5. Who is your favorite author still currently writing?

  6. Which character from your book is your favorite to write for?

  7. I absolutely love the cover! Sounds like a great adventure story!