Pure Dead Magic is about the Strega-Borgia family who live in Strega Schloss. The family consists of; Signor and Signora Strega-Borgia, their daughter Pandora, their son Titus, and their little baby Damp. There is also Strega-Nonna who is the great great great great great great grandmother to the family and freezes herself in a freezer (aka cryogenics) while she waits for the cure for old age. Also part of the family, are several pets (not the typical kind of pets like a cat or a dog. These pets include a yeti, a griffin, and a dragon to name a few examples.) The story starts off with Signora Strega-Borgia looking for the perfect nanny while the children attempt to scare her away (like they did with previous nannies). Signora Strega-Borgia is in a bit of a bind, she needs to go to her witchcraft classes and her husband is nowhere to be seen. Meanwhile, little do they know that her husband has been kidnapped and he’s trapped with no place to go. The entire household is in chaos and you’re left wondering through the book as one thing happens after another, if all of this is going to work out in the end.
Chaotic is one word to really describe this book. Although it was fun to read what they all go through I think this book would have made a very interesting movie (should it ever go that way). Think of The Addams Family and their kookiness, mixed with a bit of style of Lemony Snicket and add in a bit of Mary Poppins and you get Pure Dead Magic. I enjoyed reading this book! it was a fun light read and there were particular parts of the book that actually got me laughing out loud. It is quirky and kooky and you could say even rather strange at first to read but once you get engaged into the storyline then the reading experience is quite fun.
The plot was certainly engaging, and by reading the first page it actually takes you into the book head first so be prepared. I liked it, yet on the other hand, I found it a little too engaging. It just seems like there’s just way too much going on and you have a hard time figuring out what’s happening, and it also feels like you need to take a real big deep breath right after each chapter. Sometimes it helps if there’s a small part in the book where everything just take a breather, and the action takes a break while we as readers sort things out with the storyline. The characters are likable and fun, no need for development, or any heavy duty stuff here. Like mentioned before, it’s a light read to take a break from the heavy duty ones.
Overall, a fast, light read, with a lot of room left at the end for several more books ahead. I’ll be picking them up whenever I need the urge to laugh or when I need to take a break from the heavier deeper books. Sometimes it’s good to read childrens novels just to take a break from the serious books and to enjoy the quirky kooky funny ones as well.
Overall I give it a 9 out of 10.