Posts Tagged ‘Justine Larbalestier’

Four Mini-Reviews to Start 2013

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

I think it’s time we all acknowledge that I am the worst book blogger ever. I’m okay with that, because this is just a hobby, and I know a lot of my reviews are pretty squee-full because I only read books I think I’ll like and really only bother to write about things I love and want to share. And I only do that once every six months or so. Whoops! But rather than heading into 2013 staring at the books I’ve read, trying to remember enough to write full reviews, here are a slew of mini-reviews of stuff I read in 2012 and never got around to writing about. In three paragraphs or less each, I’ll be covering Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan, and Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier.

Magic Lessons and Magic’s Child

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Magic LessonsJustine Larbaelstier [Magic Lessons at LibraryThingMagic Lessons at Amazon; Magic’s Child at LibraryThingMagic’s Child at Amazon]

After discovering that magic is real and deadly in Magic or Madness, Reason’s story continues. In the second book of the trilogy, she and her friends Jay-Tee and Tom begin learning how magic works and what they can do with it. But their lessons are interrupted when what seems to be a magic monster begins stalking Reason and causing trouble. But it turns out the creature may not be out to hurt Reason after all… and it might just hold the answers Reason is seeking.

Warning: there is no real way to review the third book without spoiling major sections of the second, so yes, there will be uncovered spoilers below. Don’t click if you’re the sort who avoids spoilers!

Magic or Madness

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Magic or MadnessBy Justine Larbalestier [ LibrarythingAmazon]

Hi. So. Jess and I aren’t dead, we’ve just been exceptionally busy. But we have been reading! So here’s a review to prove it!

Reason Cansino has never been normal: she’s spent her entire life on the run with her mother, hiding from her grandmother. Reason’s grandmother believes magic is real—and that belief has turned her into an unstable criminal. But now Reason’s mum is in the hospital, and it’s up to her to escape from her grandmother, rescue her mum, and figure out what the real secret of the Cansino family is.

At least, that’s her goal… Until a fateful trip leads her to the revelation that not only is magic real, and her grandmother can indeed control it, but that she can, too. Now Reason has to figure out who’s been telling her the truth and who’s been lying—and she has to figure out how magic works, or else she’ll never be able to save her mother or herself.