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
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 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
It splits the story between Sydney, Australia and NY, NY, with characters from both locations. So the English is either...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
Which means Reason has to move to Sidney, Australia. And move in with her grandmother.
Or rather, the woman who believes she’s a witch. And whom Reason and her mother have spent their entire lives fleeing.
But as soon as Reason arrives in Sidney, she makes plans to run away.
She just didn’t intend to run away through the back door. Using the hidden key.
And wind up in the middle of a snowstorm in New York.
Justine Larbalestier’s Magic or Madness is the first book in a...more
My other problem with it was how prevalent the slang was. It's like Justine La...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
Magic Or Madness was Justine Larbalestier's first YA novel. I've read Liar by her before, and it's one of my favorites. I enjoyed reading Magic Or Madness, but I wasn't wowed by it like I was her other books.
I recognised the writing style - simple, emotive, and captivating. The plot was tense, the characters were all realistic and dynamic, and the ending was satisfying. The premise was unique, and I liked how the book explored a downside t...more
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
Reason Cansino and her mother Sarafina have been on the run in the Australia outback as long as Reason can remember. For fifteen years they have been running away from Reasons grandmother Esmeralda, this crazy woman that believes in magic. After her mother suffers a mental breakdown, Reason is sent to her grandmother in Sydney. Soon after arriving Reason finds herself in the streets of NYC, and she is forced to face the truth… her mother did lie.. Reason is magic! You will love t...more
Felizmente, esse não foi um daqueles casos em que "quem vê capa não vê coração" (hum... acho que estou confundindo alguma coisa.....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?
Reason Cansino hidup dalam pelarian bersama ibunya Saraphina. Tapi sebenarnya ia sama sekali buta akan apa yang menyebabkan ibunya begitu ketaku...more
Review to come.
Review: Beware of spoilers
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbslestier
I liked Reason and Tom a lot, even though Tom said Shakespeare wrote Great Expectations which is not true. Charles Dickens was responsible for that one. Shakespeare wrote the atrocity known as Romeo and Juliet (and several others).
I think the most complicated character was Esmeralda even though she was more of an unseen force. It was impossible to tell if she was good or bad and I was pleasantly surprise...more
|What's The Name o...: Solved Girl in Sydney finds out she is a witch, using Fibonacci sequence to make magic. Her mother is out of the picture and not of sound mind, there's a door leading to somewhere that snows. [s]||3||42||Jan 19, 2012 03:43PM|