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It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

I may have challenge update posts but I don't know when I'll be posting regularly or when I'll get to visit everyone who is working on the challenges I'm hosting.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Review: Magic or Madness trilogy

Once again, I have a series to review and I'll let the publisher "take the blame" for ruining anything. ;-)


Magic or Madness
Magic or Madness, Book 1
Justine Larbalestier

Razorbill
Young Adult
fantasy
12+
pages: 288
Format: hardcover
released: March 17, 2005

from the publisher:
For fifteen years, Reason Cansino has lived a life 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 when Sarafina suffers a breakdown, Reason is forced to move in with her grandmother in Sydney. The moment Reason walks through Esmeralda's back door and finds herself on a New York City street, she's confronted by an unavoidable truth-magic is real.

This thrilling novel will bring readers through revelation upon revelation, leading to Reason's ultimate discovery of the price she must pay if she uses her magic.




Magic Lessons

Magic or Madness, Book 2
Justine Larbalestier

Razorbill
Young Adult
fantasy
12+
pages: 288
Format: hardcover
released: March 16, 2006

from the publisher:
Fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino has learned the painful truth that she— like her mother, grandmother, and new friends Tom and Jay-Tee—must make a choice: to use the magic that lives in her blood and die young, or refuse to use the magic and lose her mind. Now a new threat leaves Reason stranded alone in New York City, struggling to control a power she barely understands. But could the danger she faces also hold the key to saving her life?



Magic's Child

Magic or Madness, Book 3
Justine Larbalestier

Razorbill
Young Adult
12+
pages: 304
Format: paperback
released: March 27, 2008

from the publisher:
In the third and final installment in the Magic or Madness trilogy, only Reason can find answers within her family’s magic to save everyone that matters most to her.


My Thoughts:
Danger, travel, relationships, new love, betrayal, life-or-death decisions, magic. All the questions were answered but it still left room for a fourth book.

My Rating:
3.5
these were library books and if I find a fourth, I'll read it ASAP


All three are available from the publisher, Penguin Books/US, in multiple formats.

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