Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

****Old Magic by Marianne Curley****

Originality- 19/20
Characters- 18/20
Quote-ability- 8/10
Entertainment- 18/20
Ending- 9/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 88/100
Grade- B

The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom. Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey -- one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

How many ways will I say awesome in this review? It's been a while since i've read a book and had very few complaints. I'm not trying to say this book was perfect. It was actually only a bit better then average. My favorite thing? No REAL annoying characters! There is only one part when Kate pisses me off. And that is when she pulls a Bella. She decides she's gonna risk her own safety and well-being for others. Seriously? Do you really think this is going to work Kate? Because your plan really sucks. That annoying part didn't really last long though. Now onto the amazingness. Finally a book that can be fantasy without any vamps! I mean it's not like the witch idea was really creative but it was different. I really liked when Jarrod battles, he has the ability to keep you at the edge of your seat without being disgusted. All of the characters were very well written. Kate was brave and confident despite being ridiculed by her classmates, which gave her a sense of confidence that I admire. Overall I think Old Magic was a fascinating read with a different storyline and pretty fantastic characters.


Elizabeth Encarnacion said...

I'm so glad you liked this book and are talking about it! I acquired this book from an Australian publisher for Simon Pulse many years ago because I loved it so much. It's nice to see that it's still gaining new fans years later.


Ashley said...

This sounds really good!!!

LisaMay said...

Ooh I've read this book! Except I read it with a super ugly, totally embarassing cover that very nearly put me off the book! But it was great :)

Just Listen said...

I've been wanting to read this one for a long time. I'm glad you liked it, but it just makes me want it more.

Anonymous said...

huh bella????