2023 Book Review: The Magic Misfits

The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

MG Fantasy, 2017 by Little Brown, 224 Pages

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Be prepared for conversations with middle grade readers about breaking the law/rules with good faith being different than breaking them in bad faith. 
  • Mildly predictable, although that’s common in middle grade stories. 
  • The audiobook has music sometimes which is fun but it sometimes covers the narration a bit and makes it hard to hear the story. This won’t affect my review, since it only applies to the audiobook, but it’s worth mentioning in case anyone is sensitive to loud noises/music.

What I Did Like:

  • Narrated by NPH himself!!! This won’t change my review, since it only applies to the audiobook, but it’s worth mentioning. 
  • Breaking that third wall to speak to the reader doesn’t always work, but in this case it absolutely does. The breaks feel natural and bring humor to the story.
  • The characters are wonderful! They’re varied and realistic. I can see why this crew of misfits get multiple books. 
  • The magic lessons are great! They’re a good way to make this story stand out from other things in the genre. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Middle grade readers who have ever felt like a misfit or appreciate magic! 
  • Adventure readers who enjoy found family stories.

My Rating: 3 Stars

  • Good opening book that introduces characters that will carry a full series!

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