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Old Magic

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  10,516 ratings  ·  805 reviews
Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing, but Kate Warren doesn't know why.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 317 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2000)
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Mega Speedreader This book came out WAYYYY before Beautiful Creatures and it's also far far better. They go back in time at one point to change a curse put on Jarrod's…moreThis book came out WAYYYY before Beautiful Creatures and it's also far far better. They go back in time at one point to change a curse put on Jarrod's family. I'd definitely recommend this much more than Beautiful Creatures for sure. (less)
Xyra I agree with Oda leaning toward PG-13 due to villain ferocity.

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Marianne Curley
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Old Magic was my first published book and has remained a favourite with readers in countries around the world, having translations in fourteen international languages. It is a young adult paranormal fantasy with romance, adventure and time-travel with one of the original strong female leads for this genre.
Sara ♥
May 8-10, 2010

I REALLY like this book. It's really a coming of age story for both the hero and the heroine, but especially for Jarrod, who has a LOT of growing to do. The magic is really interesting and the big bad guy is REALLY scary! My only complaint: There wasn't NEARLY enough kissing. ;) I wish there had been one more scene at the end......
Bought my copy for less than a dollar. I started reading it at least three times, but I couldn't get past the first chapter each time. Finally, on a Friday night when our ISP sucked big time and I had no internet to distract me from reading, I went through the pile of to-read books beside my bed.

The story eventually picked up, and I finished it in this sitting! The description at the back of the book didn't hint anything about what happened in the second half, so:

And I happened to be a sucker fo
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can not put in words how much I love this book.
I have first read it when I was 14 years old and I don't know how many times since than. Jarrod was my first book crush and still is <3
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'I recall the look in Rhauk's eyes the moment he spotted Kate. It will stay with me forever, carved into my brain like an engraving on a headstone. It's as if he found something he treasured, something he's been looking for all his life.'

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Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: high school romance readers, YA witchcraft readers, YA time travel readers
Recommended to AMythicalBeast by: amazon
2.5 stars is what I really want to give it.
When I first read an excerpt of the first chapter at, I thought- fantastic! A high school story, yes, but one where this bumbling boy, unaware of how much power he has, comes into contact with a girl who realises just how dangerous he could be- and he refuses to believe her!
It seemed like a plot that could only get funnier and more complicated as the chapters turned. Right?
When I finally chased the book down- it was because of this book th
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh my gosh. This is one the best book I have ever read!!! Smiley Or maybe I am getting super extra excited because I am reading these freaking awesome books after 1 month bcuz to exams!!! Smiley This book was totally awesome and I just can't believe how can anybody give this book a very low rating and freaking weird books high. And this was the first time ever that I liked the witch craft stuffs in a book. I don't know but I just don't like witchy stuffs in other books. I rather prefer vampires and shape-sh ...more
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
Loved it! Couldn't put it down.

This is a story I adored from beginning to end. For once the girl was the brave one, and the guy was the one who wouldn't take peer pressure or any risks for what he believes is good.

The mythology and time-orientation were great. This is a book about magic, but also about history. There were great references to the Middle Age culture and English history, all mixed up with witchcraft and present-day teen issues.

I loved Kate's character - brave, confident, self-suffi
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book too. Magic and young romance mixed together. What could be better? Kate is a witch and so is her grandmother. When Jared is new to town and her school she realizes he has magic and power beyond hers and that he doesnt even know it! She finds out he has an ancient curse that has been put on his family and every 7th born in his ancestry. They go back into time to kill the sorcerer who created it and... die trying? It's up to you to find out. ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Old Magic is my favorite book, of all time. I have my original copy from a bookstore that no longer exists. It is the only book I willingly reread multiple times over. This book has been my favorite book since middle school. I have no actual review of the content, but it has been a staple on my bookshelf for 20 years.
Judy M.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Judy by: nobody
Shelves: never-again
A long time ago, maybe about a year, I found Old Magic through the asks and small amount of reviews I read from one blog I used to frequent: @marysueproblems. Everyone joked that the characters were so bad that there’s no way they can finish the book. I thought “how bad can the book possibly be?”
And well, I finished the book.
It’s pretty bad.

A lot of my friends got interesting texts from me that either said “I HATE THIS FUCKING BOOK” or “I beg for the sweet release of death”. For good reasons, I
Jill Hughes
Jun 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult

I dislike this book.

I read it awhile ago, around last year or so, and back then it used to be more of a vitriolic hate, and it's simmered down now, but I still remember this one with some distaste.

The plot itself is fine, and is actually rather a cool concept. Kate, the granddaughter of a witch, and Jarrod, a boy from a family cursed with generations of bad luck, meet when Jarrod transfers to Kate's school. With her knowledge in magic and her grandmother's help, the two travel back in ti
3.5 stars

The story was rather predictable but enjoyable nevertheless. Sometimes, a good old story that reminds you of the books you loved as a teen is all you need to pull you out of that reading slump.
Hope Ann
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Thanks for recommending this to me Haniya. I loved it!
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-ever
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Jul 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
While Old Magic'splot is semi-intriguing, the cover's promise that the two main characters share an "undeniable passion," is never realized. The romance is tepid. At best.

And worse: while the main character is 16, she reads like a tween which makes it further difficult to buy the star-crossed lovers theory. Basically: decent concept, bad writing and characterization.
What a great read! I cannot believe I hadn't found this book sooner, it was written in the early 2000's! I really liked the progression of Jarrod's character, in the beginning I wasn't too crazy about him. I don't want to give too much away but... If your looking for a book that includes magic, time-travel, curses and some light romance then this book is for you! :) ...more
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book when I was thirteen, and I was obsessed with it. ...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
"romance with some time travel action"

Kate has had a strange childhood, raised in a remote Australian village by her grandmother, who is a witch. Not your brewing small children in a pot witch, but more a wise woman, who knows old magic...still, when you combine having such a grandmother with having strange powers yourself, it can make for high-school awkwardness. Especially in Kate's case--although her class is very small, her classmates slot themselves neatly into the stereotypes of unpleasant
Nicole Wang
Mar 15, 2012 rated it did not like it

I walked into Half Price Bookstore, expecting to find a little treausure among all the discarded books. I mean, a person's trash can be another person's treasure, right? And guess what I foudn...Old Magic. The cover drew me in, the title hooked me on, and the summary sealed the deal.

This book had all the cliches of a fantasy/paranormal novel. New guy. Check. Cute. Check. Something freaky happens. Check. Secrets are found. Double check. But hey, we all nee
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hocus-pocus
Living in Canada this was a very rare book to get a hold of.
Only by a dear friend of mine, who lives in the US, sent me a copy, that I had the pleasure of reading this wonderful gem.

OLD MAGIC was a wonderful story of boy-becomes-man and having faith in what you are...even if you don't want to admit the Lady is right ;)

Kate and Jarrod's journey takes them to olden times where they must make right what has been wronged to Jarrod's ancestries.
Through this time they will find the growth to heal more
P.Q. Glisson
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My daughter has had this book in our family library since a book fair came to her school when she was in middle school. It's been waiting patiently for about ten years now. She pulled it off the shelf and read it first. Then she hounded me to read it so I finally gave in. Did I ever tell you that she has never steered me wrong? Well, this was no exception. It started out like every other teenage angst novel. The unusual girl and the boy she is drawn to. But, what got me was it turned out to be a ...more
Jan 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Old Magic has an interesting storyline. Two high school students Jarrod and Kate meet and experience an interesting fascination for one another only to discover both of them have secrets and those secrets are putting one of their families lives in jeopardy. The chapters of the book flip-flop from being told from Jarrod's perspective and then Kate's. I for one usually like this approach as well as enjoy reading first person narratives. However, the writing of this book was lethargic, choppy and b ...more
At first I thought this would be another Twilight. Two teenagers - one of them the new kid at school, the other one with strange abilities - falling in love. But I lost this impression after a few pages and started to really like this book. It was a quick read. I was only a little disappointed by the ending which I had expected to be much more spectacular.
Shelby Brynn
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
If I could I would actually give this book 3.5 stars. I really really enjoyed part two of the book and I if I was reviewing that alone this book would be 4 stars. The magic and the suspense in the second half of the book had me at the edge of my seat! The beginning however was slow and the writing felt rushed at times. All in all though I enjoyed reading it.
Madelyn Papa
Dec 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Words truly cannot describe how I felt about this book. But I do think a few of these notes I made while I was reading it sums up my experience with this novel:

- I’m 2 sentences in and the writing makes me want to throw this book across the room. I can’t wait for 369 pages more of this

- I want to bang my head against a wall 7 times
♥ Sarah
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The GR average rating for this book is a 3.89. What. The. Hell.

Maybe it's just a case of it's-not-you-it's-me; but sure enough, I found myself rolling my eyes and profusely blushing from the cheesiness of the story! Blah.

Long story short: Kate is an outcast, shunned by all her peers because of her "witch" status. She has one best-friend who served no purpose in the story at all. She should have been edited out of the whole story. Regardless, Kate meets Jared, a powerful warlock who has been cur
It has been a lovely, but also very stressful week, and when I finally found some time for reading this Sunday, I wanted to read something light and easy; I wanted to read something fun.
In all fairness, "Old Magic" certainly was light and easy. I read it in a few hours, and it didn't demand too much of me. And that is something I appreciate.

However, the story itself was not what I had hoped it would be. Curley uses the oldest cliché in the book and lets the new, mysterious boy in high school bec
Feb 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, ya
Fun, easy read. A teen romance about a clumsy boy whose family is cursed. They eventually go back in time to the Middle Ages to take care of the curse. Fun concept that teen girls would eat up.

Positives: Liked the character's physical descriptions. Very clear visuals in my head. The villain was the best crafted character in the book though. This author knows how to do EVIL.

Criticism: While I liked the book being told in alternating points of view (between Kate and Jarrod), I feel like often thei
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010
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