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Friday, 18 February 2011

Read, Review, Recommend (7)

It is Friday again :) I hope you have all had a great week but if not I have a great recommendation to share with you written by Brittany from Nice Girls Read Books. She has a fabulous blog and is super sweet. I will let her tell you all about her recommendation now :)


Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Published: February, 2002 by Simon Pulse
View it at Goodreads

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 the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey—one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.

I first read Old Magic back in 2007, before it had the shiny new paranormal looking cover it has now to appeal to a wider audience. I was immediately captivated by the premise and the fact it was a fantasy set in my own country of Australia. I was still getting a feel for paranormal YA at the time and this one definitely didn't disappoint.

There is, of course, the tried and true method of new boy meets girl. Kate is a little weird and Jarrod is immediately taken in by the popular folk, but this doesn't stop the chemistry between them quite literally sparking!

Just when I thought this story couldn't get any more intriguing, Marianne adds in a dash of time travel. Yes, you read right, time travel! Kate and Jarrod must go back to an Arthurian-like time, which proves to be full of adventure, to break a curse that's haunted his family for generations.

The relationship between Kate and Jarrod is one I really enjoyed from start to finish. I'm still yet to read anything like Old Magic and it continues to be one I recommend to anyone who's looking for a new read. I haven't come across much hype which tells me this one usually flies under the radar. Sometimes they're the very best finds!

I'm definitely going to have to re-read this one in the near future. As for you, I hope you'll pick it up if you stumble upon it or even order it online if you're so inclined! Either way, I hope I've put this brilliant read on your wishlist.


Thanks so much Brittany for stopping by and recommending a great book! You can check out her blog Nice Girls Read Books. I promise you won't regret it!


  1. I've not heard of this book before, but Brittany's review definitely draws my attention! *adds to wishlist*

    Time travel, you say? Australia, you say?! Le gasp! Yeah, I'm definitely getting this :D

    Great review, Brittany :)

  2. haha! Definitely sounds like your kind of book. I am a sucker for all things down under too! It is definitely being added to my wishlist too!

  3. I just popped over to Amazon on another tab and can't find even a hint of this. Shame, it sounds really good :(

  4. Here you are, if anyone else has trouble finding it on Amazon UK:


    I'm not sure what Karen was looking at ;) Haha. :)

  5. I've seen this in my bookstores! But the book didn't have a synopsis at the back so I couldn't read them. Pretty silly huh? But now I know whats it about! I'll probably buy them soon! Love guest posts!

  6. Eeeh, thanks so much! I was so happy to participate! I hope everyone picks up a copy and enjoys it!

  7. Alice, I just wanted to say thanks for reading and rating Illegal! 18 til debut.

    It's the first time I'm seeing this title and your description really peeks my interest. Thanks for doing what you do!


  8. the Slowest Bookworm; Glad you found it :)

    Amber: Thanks :)

    Naj: That is very silly! I would never buy a book without a synopsis.

    Brittany: No problem! It was a pleasure having you :)

    Bettina: Thank you but Brittany did all the hard work writing the review :)

  9. Have you read Curley's Guardians of Time trilogy? Again it deals with time-travel, but with a wider cast and wider scope.


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