January 10

Magic or Madness trilogy by Justine Larbalestier

Magic or madnessI became interested in Australian young adult author Justine Larbalestier and decided to read her Magic or Madness trilogy over the holidays. This Australian author set these three novels in both Sydney and New York. 15 year old Reason Cansino has lived most of her life travelling with her mother, Sarafina. They’re on the run from Esmeralda, Sarafina’s mother, who possesses magical abilities and uses them for wicked purposes. When Sarafina becomes ill, Reason is forced to live with Esmeralda, and comes to questions everything she’s ever been told about her. She meets new friends and is beginning to enjoy her new life, but when she walks through Esmeralda’s back door and finds herself in freezing New York, she realises that magic is real, that she is magic and that life is about to become very interesting! Reason, with her friends Tom and Jay-Tee, becomes caught in a desperate world where magic power can be stolen and used by others. As Reason faces dangerous challenges to keep herself and her friends and family alive, she also begins to unravel the secret to using her talents wisely and for the good of others. If you like fantasy, this series is definitely worth a read.