Magic or Madness
For fifteen years, Reason Cansino has lived on the run. Together with her mother, Sarafina, she has moved from one place to another in the Australian countryside, desperate not to be found by Reason’s grandmother Esmeralda, a dangerous woman who believes in magic. But the moment Reason walks... show more
For fifteen years, Reason Cansino has lived on the run. Together with her mother, Sarafina, she has moved from one place to another in the Australian countryside, desperate not to be found by Reason’s grandmother Esmeralda, a dangerous woman who believes in magic. But the moment Reason walks through Esmeralda’s back door and finds herselfon a New York City street, she’s confronted by an unavoidable truth—magic is real.
Publish date: March 16th 2006
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Urban Fantasy
, Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Magic or Madness (#1)
So, I hadn’t heard much about the Magic Lessons trilogy until after I had initially read Liar—up until then, my only experience with Justine Larbalestier’s work was reading How to Ditch Your Fairy and giving up partway through because while that book had a cool idea, the concept was clearly not that...
I liked this though I found the first half rather tedious and boring. Not exactly world building but dysfunctional family dynamics. It finally livened up once Reason got to NYC. Then it was a roller coaster ride of fun and fear. I definitely want to know more about Reason and her magic schooling...
I should have loved this book, but I could barley finish it :( To be honest, I'm upset I wasted a night of my life reading it. I felt like I was stuck in a bad YA version of Blue Clues. The author kept repeating the same things over, and over, and over again. The characters were flat and I didn't fe...
There are lots of books out there that deal with magic and madness and sometimes both of them together. What makes Larbalestier's book so different are her characters. When I first started reading the book and "met" Reason for the first time, I thought her as very young and very naive. In fact, ther...
A clever set-up, interesting characters, darkness, overtones of serious issues, but also that sense of wonder. And as much as I love my faux-Edwardian and faux-Victorian settings, I love the modern, urban fantasy setting, too. Just a crazy enjoyable read, and I can't wait to read the next two.
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