Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Review: Magic Lessons

Magic Lessons is in the second book in the Magic or Madness trilogy written by Justine Larbalestier.
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 Lessons is a good book but it doesn't quite stand on its own - it feels a little too in-between for me. The story moves very quickly (both to read and in time - the entire books takes place in just a matter of days) and I wish more time had been spent on learning more about Reason's grandmother and on the teen's magic lessons. I think that there is something unique and fascinating about the world Larbalestier has created, and yet I feel like its flying by in a blur, with no time to explore, as we are caught up in the plot. Primarily, Magic Lessons served to make me want to read the final book in the trilogy, Magic's Child, to find out what's going to happen.

Buy Magic Lessons on Amazon.

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