Review: Old Magic by Marianne Curley.

old magic

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Jarrod Thornton is mesmerising.

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 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.

My Thoughts:

4 out 0f 5 stars.

This is Marianne’s debut, and after reading her latest offering, ‘Hidden’, I want to read all her books so I am starting with this one. Apparently her Named series is also very good which I plan on reading soon.

Old magic is told from the alternating points of view of Kate and Jarrod. Jarrod is new to the school, he is awkward and clumsy. He is immediately picked on by the class bully and, without knowing it, causes a storm that basically tears apart the classroom.
Kate is a witch and she tries to convince Jarrod that he has the Gift.
Jarrod doesn’t believe in magic, and he especially doesn’t believe that he has any kind of magical abilities.
He thinks Kate and her grandmother are weird and avoids her at school.
After another magical incident, Kate is determined to make Jarrod believe before he accidentally kills someone.
Jarrod’s family has had nothing but bad luck all of Jarrod’s life, and Kate discovers that he is cursed. Now she has to convince him he is both magical and cursed, and help him to break it before life gets even worse for his family.

I really enjoyed this book, it was refreshing and different from a lot of the YA paranormal type books I have read. It moved at a fairly quick pace, though not too fast, and what I loved most was the very different direction it went in than what I imagined it would (A good different direction.)

The book has two distinct parts (3 parts in total) and I like Jarrod a lot more in the second half. In the first half he is weak, spineless even, he has good intentions but he is afraid and wants to be accepted, ignoring Kate to ensure it. And then part two happens and he has a chance to grow into the guy he has the potential to be.

I really enjoyed the fight scene toward the end – this is not what you are going to expect. It was one of my favourite parts of the book.

There is romance, but it isn’t the main focus of the book. The relationship that develops is slow, moving at a natural pace.

This is a stand alone that is wrapped up nicely. Although I love a good series, it’s great to read a stand alone for a change. You don’t see too many YA stand alone’s in this genre, so it’s nice to read one, and good for the hip pocket too. And no cliff hanger ending to drive you mad for a year!

Old magic is well written and you can tell Marianne Curley has done a lot of research. Marianne Curley is Australian and this is set in Australia which I always love because I can relate to it on a whole other level than I can with books set overseas.

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