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Magic Lessons (Magic or Madness #2)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  1,738 ratings  ·  122 reviews
My world wasn'T spinning on The same axis anymore. The rules of physics had been broken.

Magic was real.

For fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino, as well as her friends Tom and Jay-Tee, magic is an unavoidable fact of life—one that carries a high price.

Reason, Tom, and Jay-Tee have already learned about the terrible choice they must make: using their magical gifts and dying you
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 16th 2006 by Razorbill
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I really think that reading Liar first spoiled me for Justine Larbalestier's earlier books. They just don't have the same complexity. I don't think it helps, reading the second book in a series, that I didn't really get into the first book, very much. It's easy to read and pretty fun, but I didn't engage with the characters, and this second book felt even lighter on character development.

The whole Reason and Danny thing... while feeling quite realistic in one way, also seemed to be going way, wa
Reason Cansino has been magic her whole life, but she’s only know magic was real for 8 days. In that time she’s moved into Sydney to live with her evil grandmother, her mother’s been committed to a “Loony Bin,” and she’s stepped through a door only to wind up on the other side of the world, in New York City.

And if that’s not bad enough, she gets taken in by stories, only to end up in the clutches of her evil Grandfather, who’s worse than her Grandmother, who has to come through the door after he
Anne Osterlund
Life is hard. Especially when you are magic. For Reason and her friends, there are only two options: go mad from refusing to use their magic or die young using it.

The answer, according to Reason’s grandmother, is to use solely a tiny bit every week. Magic Rationing.

But then the door—the magic one that leads straight from Sidney to New York—begins to shake. Because something is trying to make its way through. Something with Reason’s DNA and the ability to pierce through her skin. And something th
I was very disappointed in this second volume of Larbalestier's Magic trilogy. It almost seemed to have been written by a different, and far less capable, author. The action and dialogue were disjointed and the "rules" of the magical world incomprehensible. Plus, the Aussie lingo seemed forced, even though Larbalestier is a native speaker; if I read the word "chunder" one more time, I was going to, well, chunder. Surely the Australians have synonyms for vomiting?

I'll read the third book because
Ian Wood
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I rated this novel worthy!

NOTE: UNHIDDEN SPOIULERS! Read at your own risk!

Errata and clunkers:
p100 "They didn’t burn everything else, but. Just left a pile of ashes. I added some of the chicken bones. But it hasn’t been noisy or violent since th
OK, not sure I liked this or not, but still want to know what happens next...
Mar 09, 2007 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Not as good as Magic or Madness, but good enough that I'll finish the trilogy.
(part 1 of review)"Magic Lessons" by Justine Larbalestier is a 275 paged book. The main character in the book is Reason, Tom, and Jay-Tee. They are back in Sydeny after going through a magic door that goes to New York City. But, the door starts to shake and some odd shaped creature comes out of the door and attack Reason and every one else. After that, Esmeralda (Reason's grandmother) gives them their first magic lesson. Then at night in Sydeny the kids watch the door and when Tom and Jay-Tee ar ...more
Having recently gobbled up Magic or Madness , I am now plotting how I can get the third book from this trilogy, Magic's Child , before I go mad... which is to say, as soon as possible.

Magic Lessons has the same roaring pace of Larbalestier's first book, but it further explores the troubling contradictions magic brings out in people. Namely: can you deal with other magic-wielders honestly when you know that some day your magic will wear out, and your only hope for survival is taking theirs? T
pada awalnya semua pasti menduga s pendobrak pintu new york-sydney itu Jason Black atau kaki tangannya-lah. ternyata setelah Reason d tarik k new york dy bertemu kakek2 tua-sangat tua, yang tersenyum dan sihirnya jauh lebih kuat dibandingkan kakek-neneknya (yg masih d curigai jahat). waktu Reason mencoba melawan dengan mudah s kakek2 melambaikan tangannya pada Reason alias menepis sihirnya. lalu si kakek nyuruh Reason pergi, beruntung ada ibu2 yang mencemaskan keadaan Reason di tengah musim salj ...more
In this sequel to Magic or Madness, the story picks up shortly after the events of the last book. Reason & Jay-Tee are to begin taking magic lessons from Esmeralda. Things go badly awry however when someone or something starts trying to get through the door from Sydney to New York. As action packed and character driven as the last book this was well-written and paced.

I would have given the book a four except for the ending. Full review/rant is below due to spoilers.

I really li
Jennifer Wardrip
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MAGIC LESSONS is the second book in Justine Larbalestier's trilogy, and it's just as wonderful and gripping as MAGIC OR MADNESS! In this book, there are just as many questions as in the first, as every answer Reason finds only leads to more questions. For everything that's resolved, there are five more things that I was anxious to find out as I read on! There is plenty of suspense in this book.

Reason, Tom, and Jay-Tee have all stepped through Esmer
Continuing saga of Reason Cansino who was raised to believe that magic isn't real-only to discover that most of her family is magic. Chapters from Reason's point of view are written with Austrialian words and slang while those of her friends in NYC have an American slant. This is book one of a trilogy-and unlike many trilogies the story and characters are strong all the way through-I highly recommend all three books. Of course I love the idea of walking through a door from a warm "Aussie" summer ...more
Not to my liking.

That said, I think it would work well for its intended audience. The setting (Australia and New York City) and the magic are different enough to be intriguing and the pace and language are good. But the characters spent too much time not knowing anything and doubting what and whom they thought they knew for me to really get into the story. Part of this may be because Magic Lessons is the second book of a trilogy of which I did not read the first. But based on this book, I'm sur
I'm enjoying this trilogy so far. Certainly, Larbalestier has a way of stringing out the answers, and one of the reasons you keep turning the pages is to simply find out what's really happening. I hope all the major loose ends are tied up by the end of the third book, and I look forward to seeing what happens to each of the characters by the end. Everyone has something at stake, and that's the beauty of these people. [return][return]If you enjoyed the first volume, you'll definitely enjoy this. ...more
The first book was amazing! I was so thrilled to finally get the next installment....but that thrill quickly wore off. Some of the writing in this book was plain bad, like for example, when Tom was on the phone, there was a loud beeping noise. He observed: I wonder if monkeys were behind this, cause it sounded like a monkey's burp' Passages like these served no purpose and were nonsensical filler. Also, at the very beginning, they start a paragraph 'We met with the three old ladies at the meetin ...more
Kat Alexander
Wow. There's so little that can be said about the book without spoilers... Still, it was fantastic.

Magic Lessons continues the story of Reason, Jay-Tee and Tom, keeping the same fast pace as the last novel and further exploring the rules of magic. The trio have only just begun to learn more from Esmerelda when a strange phenomenon occurs with the door that none of them can explain. Soon, they're questioning the fundamentals of magic they'd just begun to except, namely the choice of magic-weilder
Shelley Daugherty
The second installment in the Magic or Madness series is just as good as the first. I can't wait to finish the series.

Reason gets more answers to her heritage but many of the answers lead to more questions. After just escaping New York, Reason is sucked back through the door but her new found friends are left behind. She also discovers a mysterious force on the other side of the door which might answer her questions about a way to avoid death or magic at an early age.

She seeks out Danny, Jay-T'
As this second book in the Magic trilogy begins, Reason, Jay-Tee, and their friend Tom are on the Australia side of the magic door, having decided to trust Reason's grandmother Esmeralda and learn whatever she can teach them about magic. But the evil Jason Blake, still on the NYC side, won't let them escape so easily. When something evil seeps through the door and attacks Reason, they assume it's from him, but she instinctively knows it's something more mysterious. So, empowered with a new, weir ...more
The continuing story of Reason Cansino, who has recently discovered that she is "magic," and that she can either use her magic (and die young) or not (and go mad). Her mother Sarafina has warned her all her life about her grandmother Esmeralda, a powerful witch who has managed to live to her mid-forties by conserving her magic . . . and taking that of others. In this novel (soon to be followed by the third and final book, "Magic's Child"), Reason learns more about her ancestors and how to help h ...more
Dec 22, 2013 Beckie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2007
i read a very favourable review of this trilogy somewhere, but i didn't like it that much. the story is split between sydney and new york city, which could have been interesting, but i found the gratuitous use of slang to distinguish the american and australian characters annoying, especially because the characters were all so dumb. one of the australians had the excuse of living in small towns her whole life and never getting to know anyone but her mother, but are there really americans who wou ...more
Jul 26, 2007 Lucy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2007
i read a very favourable review of this trilogy somewhere, but i didn't like it that much. the story is split between sydney and new york city, which could have been interesting, but i found the gratuitous use of slang to distinguish the american and australian characters annoying, especially because the characters were all so dumb. one of the australians had the excuse of living in small towns her whole life and never getting to know anyone but her mother, but are there really americans who wou ...more
Barbara ★
The world building is unique - those with magic must use a little bit once a week or go insane but if you use too much you die. Talk about a catch-22. This one starts slowly but around page 60 takes off and keeps you turning pages. Reason Cansino is a 15 year old girl living in Sydney Australia with a mad crush on an 18 year old boy living in New York City whom she met by going through her grandmothers back door. This door is a magic doorway between NYC and Sydney. When Reason is yanked through ...more
Sequel to Magic or Madness. The one where Reason gets sucked through the magic door from Australia to New York by a mysterious old man who has insanely strong magic and never speaks.

Man, this was a mess. Critical facts (such as the old man's relationship to Reason and Esmerelda) would be revealed by someone "just knowing." But other important things were beaten into the ground; we'd see something happen to Reason in New York, and then we'd have an entire chapter of Reason recounting it for Tom
ceritanya kok bukannya makin teratur, malah makin kacau. ditambah lagi, ending-nya mempromosikan hal-hal yang tidak begitu bagus buat pembaca young adults.

*harus lanjut buku #3 hanya biar tuntas n gak ngegantung*
Second in the Magic series and a good follow up to the first novel. Reason and her friends are still learning about their magic powers when they are threatened by something from beyond the door at Esmerelda's. This force finally sucks Reason back to New York, where she has to find and confront the remains of one of her ancestors. Meanwhile, JayTee nearly dies as her magic becomes very low, as does Esmerelda, who's magic is nearly gone. Only Tom's generosity saves Jay Tee and the mysterious new m ...more
Nov 17, 2008 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the first
Recommended to Jess by: fantasy syllabus
Shelves: z_08, fantasy, ya
When the portal door between Sydney and New York City begins to shake and a creature flies out, Reason, Tom, and Jay-Tee find themselves dealing with much more than the price magic has placed on their lives.

Not as good as the first but a strong enough sequel for me to be ready to read the third soon. This one flirts more with the sophie's choice (magic / death / crazy) raised in the first. Readers are given some answers about magic but just as many new questions are raised. Please let them be an
Middle book of the Magic or Madness trilogy. It maintains the magical setup of the first book and introduces a new twist - now there is a very powerful old man who is trying to get to Reason. She has to investigate why (while stuck in NYC and her friends and teacher are in Sydney) and figure out what to do about the impossible choice presented by magic. Not stellar, but it was a fun and quick read. There is some sexual content in the later chapters of this book, not graphic but you get the idea ...more
This was an okay sequel to Magic or Madness it took me a while to get into the book, it was a little bit strange at points but as soon as i got into the book it was really good. I am looking forward to reading the conclusion to the series (Magic's Child.)
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Justine Larbalestier is an Australian young-adult fiction author. She is best known for the Magic or Madness trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic Lessons and the newly released Magic's Child. She also wrote one adult non-fiction book, the Hugo-nominated The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (Best Related Book, 2003), and edited another, Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentiet ...more
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