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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2002
I got the book old magic for my birthday and read all 600 and sumthing pages the same day! It is a brilliant novel with a good mix of magic and romance without being too unbelievable! The story is written in chapters either through Kate or Jarrods eyes which gives us the feelings from both people! Kate is a learner witch who notices Jarrod as diffrent the first day he walks into her school and learns alot about him and the difficult things his family have been through! She discovers that he is under a curse and takes him to the past to change this! It is in the past that there relationship blosoms and danger accures! This is a brilliant book that i would recommend to anyone between 13 and 20!
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on 17 January 2011
Sooo good had me captivated from the start definately a page turner. The plot is soo unque and loving historical set books this was amazing really best of both worlds. Modern reality that we can relate to and a magical world created by marianne. the i thought i from the I fell in love the with character jarrod not your typical hero. definateley recommend reading it if you like books with romance, magic, adventure and historical feel.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2004
I was in manchester when i purchased the book...At first i wasn't sure whether i would like it but i gave it a shot...When i started to read it, i thought it was just going to be a teen lovey dovey story...but it turned out to be so powerful, moving & apparent that i just couldn't put it down...however, if i did have to put it down to do the washing up for instance, i just HAD to read to the end of the chapter. All in all i'm glad that i purchased this book...& i am VERY anxious to buy the sequel... Marianne Curley...Well Done...that comes from the heart...truely..Love your books...Love your style, (of writing) KEEP IT UP...! K*th...! =) peace (=
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2002
Kate knows she has power, after all her grandmother Jillian is one of power and Kate has learned all she knows from her. Jarrod has just arrived at Kate's school and is eager to fit in with the crowd. Kate knows her place as an outsider, but she cannot ignore Jarrod's evidence that he is just like her, while his powers are far stronger than her own.
Jarrod's family have been through some tough times since forever, and this continues after the story opens. Jarrod feels drawn to Kate too, but cannot believe what she has to say about her, him and the crazy things that go on around him. Here is someone who does not believe in the reality of magic. Kate finds herself repelled by what she sees as his cowardice, perhaps because she has always been different she cannot understand how much Jarrod wants to be popular.
Things could have continued like this forever if Jarrod's family were not hurt again. Then his father tries to kill himself, and Jarrod cannot ignore the possibility that they are indeed cursed. And if there is anything he can do to stop the curse, he will. Jillian tells him the only way to stop the curse is at the root of it, the sorcerer who first cast it hundreds of years ago. They must go back in time, and Jillian can help them with that...
Marianne Curley is an Australian author and the setting is also an Austrailian town. The book as a definate flavour of Aus, mostly from the launguage of the two central characters, each of whom take turns in telling the story.
I liked that Kate knew herself well, even if she wasn't exactly perfect (who is) and was often impatient with Jarrod and where he was in his life. The supernatural aspects were well told and seemed entirely natural, and yet the non-magical parts were equally as well described and completely authentic. Going back in time and the events there were also developed well. The entire text compells the reader to read on. Curley has come up with a unique tale, and told it well.
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on 31 January 2002
From the minute i opened the book i knew i would soon be finished as its a book you can't put down.Marianne Curley lets you know the characters thoughts and feelings throughout the book.The book contains most elements of writting in one book history,fantasy,romance and life.
It is amust read.
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I totally loved this book, but I think Curley could have made it a bit longer perhaps? More emphasis on the magic bit, maybe. The title and cover makes readers very expectant, but the text differs from the cover and title. I'm not saying it's a bad read, just an unsuitable title and cover.
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Loved her books for years and requested it on kindle ages ago, I downloaded a copy as soon as I was notified it was online, a great book that really does draw you into the story, one of my all time favourite books that first got me into reading.
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on 8 October 2012
I purchased this book for one of my grandchildren for Christmas. After reading through the book I am sure it will be enjoyed time after time by all the family.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2001
This book was really good. I got it out of the library because of the amazing cover, but i was not expecting much - I was very much surprised. The style is really good, how she changes between characters so she shows each persons view, the story line is very exciting and not at all predictable. I really reccommend this book
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on 8 November 2012
Good story line but definitely aimed more at teenagers. Still an enjoyable read and I would try something from this author again.
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