Magic or Madness (Magic or Madness #1)
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...more
Reason Cansino has always been taught to fear her grandmother, Esmeralda. Reason's mother, Sarafina, has taken them all over Australia, mostly to remote Aboriginal settlements. Reason has only been to a real school once, but Sarafina has taught her lots of things, mostly math and some science.
Reason has been happy with her life, but when Sarafina goes crazy--really crazy, as in trying to kill herself instead of her usual craziness consisting of thi...more
I enjoyed this, though like many YA books it was more of a snack than a full novel. (It only lasted me a day and a half! I had to make a special evening trip to the library so as not to face a bookless night!)
I enjoyed spending time with Reason; unlike a lot of YA heroines, she's not whiny, nor are her problems trivial. She is exasperatingly unwilling to listen or ask qu...more
Reason was a teenager who had magic. Around her family, everyone who used their magic died early, but who didn't use their magic became mad around thirty years old.
What would Reason choose?
Anyway, good stuff. Reason has been raised in the Outback by her mother, constantly running from an "evil" grandmother. The duo gets caught and mom is hauled off to a psychiatric hospital. Now, Reason finds that her grandmother doesn't seem that scary or evil, but she can't go against what her mother taught her...more
The characters in _Magic or Madness_ are vivid if sparely drawn. There is little breathing time in this fast-paced novel in which the reader, like Reaso...more
However, things change when her mother goes insane and Reason is sent to live with her grandmother in Sydne...more
Magic or Madness is great. It’s some of the best, cleanest, mo...more
It splits the story between Sydney, Australia and NY, NY, with characters from both locations. So the English is either...more
15-year-old Reason Castino has spent her entire life on the run from powers that threaten to tear her apart and drive her insane. She’s eventually forced to join the modern world - all the action takes place in Sydney and New York City. She finds her first two teenage friends: Tom – who dreams of being a celebrity fashion designer; and Jay Tee –...more
This promises to be a very interesting series. I was a little ann...more
So far isn't bad but isn't really consider good. It started getting better when Reason mat T...more
She doesn't know who to trust, but manages to make friends anyway. She learns more about magic and her own past.
She also finds out that NYC doesn't have pizza with beetroot on it. Eeeeew! Or pizza with pin...more
This book is none of the above. It's just a couple hundred pages in which stuff happens. And I was frankly confused, because this is a universe where people -- women, mostly -- have a choice between the assumption of power and death on one hand, or eventual mental illness (unspecified) on the other. M...more
Yet, there are a couple thing that that quite bothers me. The writer didn't give any clue whatsoever about switch of the character point of view. One chapter told story from Reason (the main character), and suddenly the next chapter the story is told from Tom's point of view. I have to read at least one and a half page to...more
Anyway, buku ini bercerita tentang Reason, atau yang biasa dipanggil Ree. Seorang gadis 15 tahun yang selama ini hidup berpindah-pindah bersama Sarafina, ibunya. Ree punya kemampuan sangat khusus di bidang Matematika. Dia menenangkan diri dengan menghafalkan deret Fibonacci, dan mampu langsung mengetahui jumlah dari segala sesuatu yang dia lihat. Selama hidup bersama ibunya, Ree dipaksa untuk percaya bahwa Esmeralda, neneknya sendir...more