Magic by Mike Russell | Book Review #Gifted

I want to thank Strangebooks for kindly gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Spoiler free review

Publication Date: 6th March 2020
Genre: Fantasy fiction
Pages: 268
Goodreads Rating: 3.93
Amazon Link: Buy on Amazon
My Rating: ★★★


Does magic exist? Charlie Watson thinks it does and he wants to tell you all about it. Before he was famous, Charlie Watson decided to write a book to share with the world everything he knew about magic. This is that book. You will discover why Charlie always wears a top hat, why his house is full of rabbits, how magic wands are made, how the universe began, and much, much more. Plus, for the first time, Charlie tells of the strange events that led him from England to the Arctic, to perform the extraordinary feat that made him famous, and he finally reveals whether that extraordinary feat was magic or whether it was a trick.


Magic is not usually the type of book I’d go for and, while I found it rather difficult to get into, I was pleasantly surprised. I like how it starts off as a book seemingly aimed at a young audience, but leaves you feeling as though you have a lot to think about.

Charlie Watson, our protagonist and narrator, directly talks to the audience in this book, something I tend not to enjoy but I found it made me understand the character a lot more, seeing how he perceives the people and the world around him. He is an incredibly enjoyable character to read, unapologetically himself yet still charmingly annoying at times.

I think this book would be excellent for people who grew up with people thinking they were a little strange. It talks a bit about bullying which, as Charlie is quite an unusual character, gives the readers something to relate to as it’s something everyone goes through in their lifetime. I came away from this book understanding that the real magic out there isn’t hard to find at all, that we need to simply open our eyes and believe.

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