Old Magic

Old Magic

by Marianne Curley

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Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing,
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416989912
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Edition description: 1st Edition, Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 588,899
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marianne Curley lives in Australia with her family.

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Old Magic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 520 reviews.
HeatherM More than 1 year ago
I thought the story line for this book was amazing!! BUT, once I started reading it, I was a bit disappointed. In my opinion the author could have done so much more and added more action or romance to the story. There were some good parts, but that was about it for me. It was a bit of a slow start and then began to get really good, and then the ending was mediocre. It just didn't have that same BAM ending that I like! But overall it was a cute story!
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The last few that I have started to read have only been ok (still haven't even finished them). Old magic was a nice breath of fresh air. I really liked the fact that have the book took place in present day and the other have in the 1200's. My only complaint is that the love story between the two main characters could have been taken up a notch. They only kiss one time in the whole story, and with how much the reader is rooting for them.well I would have liked to see more. Other then that it was entertaining!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most bewitching books I have ever read. It will have you on the edge of your seat and you won't want to put it down. Your heart will break for the main characters and leave you wanting more. This book will having you believing in the power of true love and you might even find yourself reaing the book throught blurry eyes. This is one of the best books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! Wow. I would recommend this book to all =]
bookfreak67 More than 1 year ago
this is such a good book! I think that everyone should read it! it has a little romance, comedy, you love the main character! because I almost always hate the main character. but this is a book for everyone, a bit slow at times but if you just sit tight it gets really good.
TwilightsTruth More than 1 year ago
This book starts out with a normal girl in a normal highschool, the only thing speacil about her is that she lives on the outskirts of town with a grandmother who owns a metaphysics shop. Then the story rappidly evolves into a story of high fantasy, love, and adventure. A great read, I've reccomended it to friends and my copy is currently passing through alot of hands.
paws1985 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. While I know some people don't like stories that switch from person to person on who is telling the story, this book does an excellent job switching between Kate and Jarrod's perspectives and the events that happen to them. If you like magic and fantasy I highly recommend Old Magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. The ending could've been better, and I think there could've been more romance between Jarrod and Kate before things got serious all of a sudden. The battle could've been much more dramatic. Basically, things could've been better, but the book was a good one, full of magic and adventure. Nothing that would make me recommend it, but pretty good.
BooksBooksBooksJS More than 1 year ago
This book was plain cute. It has the mystery of magic and the romance with it. At first I felt like killing Jarrod for being such a jerk to Kate but i understand where he's coming from. Okay them quick summary: Jarrod arrives in Ashpeak and Kate senses something different about him. She tries to explain to him over and over that he has special abilities but he still doesn't believe her. Kate believes Jarrod's family is cursed because of all the bad things that happen to his family but Jarrod just thinks she's crazy. When his dad tries to commit suicide he finally accepts that his family is cursed. They travel back in time ti medieval Britain to see Jarrod's ancestors. There an evil sorcerer kidnaps Kate and Jarrod challenges him to get her back. Jarrod ends up saving Kate and the curse is lifted so they return back home. There Jarrod picks Kate over the popular girls. Well that's a quick summary but you should still read the book to read the fantastic details. You also learn a little bit about medieval times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good i finished it in two days i would have done so in one had it not been i left it in my English class and had to wait for the next week. But once I started I couldn't put it down. I'm a sucker for romance and magic. And this book has both. I was so thrilled with all of it. It was breathtakingly wonderful. I've read the reviews for her books The dark and The Named and can not wait to read them. I am so thankful my friend lent me this book. It's extrodinary!!!! Seriously!!!!
MidnightMermaids on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well..what can I say? This book is both mesmerizing and captivating. It's a story about a girl who has extraordinary powers that are more that normal. Kate Warren and Jarrod team up to find out why Jarrod's family has had so many mysterious and dooming accidents. The only question is...will they be able to find out about Jarrod's past and fix it before time runs out and its too late? Intriguing and magical, Marianne Curley's debut novel is a story of great mystery, love, and the past...and whether Jarrod and Kate can fix it.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Kate Warren believes in magic - she might try to hide it from the rest of her small town, but she and her grandmother can both do witchcraft. So when the new kid, Jarrod Thornton, starts demonstrating power beyond anything Kate's ever dreamed of, power that's out of his control, Kate's the only one to recognize it for what it is. But Jarrod doesn't believe in magic, and thinks the strange outbursts that occur whenever he's angry or worked-up are just part of the bad luck that's plagued him and his family his whole life. Kate knows better though, and thinks that the root of it might be in a centuries old-curse placed on Jarrod's family. But how can they break the curse when Jarrod doesn't even believe that it's real?Review: I didn't go into this book with particularly high expectations - the blurb and the cover (and probably my summary up there, as well) all make it look like pretty run-of-the-mill YA paranormal romance. And, for the first half of the book, that's more-or-less what it delivered. I mean, good YA paranormal romance, but nothing particularly standout, other than the paranormal part was witchcraft rather than vampires or werewolves or what have you.But the good news is, the book wound up pleasantly surprising me. About halfway through, the book takes a left turn into time travel and historical fiction, which added a very interesting layer onto the standard YA romance that I haven't come across before. I mean, I'm not sure that the metaphysics of time travel would play out like they did in this book, but there's something undeniably charming about forcing your two leads, who haven't even admitted that they like each other much, to play-act at being married, because why else would they be together unchaperoned in the Dark Ages? It was a fun twist to the story, and it's a much stronger book for not sticking strictly to formula.I did have a few issues with this book. My primary one was that there was too much tell-but-not-show-ing going on, particularly when it came to the character development. Kate's chapters involve a lot of her telling Jarrod (and the reader) how much of a coward he is - primarily because he doesn't believe in magic - when his actions, even in the beginning of the book, don't really match that assessment. After a while, I was at the point of grumbling "He's not being spineless, he's being rational, you daft girl." every time it came up... which was a lot. I get that Jarrod developing his courage was supposed to be his major character arc, but I never entirely bought it, mostly because I didn't think he was that bad in the first place.I'm also ashamed to admit how long it took me to realize that Marianne Curley was Australian. I spent an embarrassingly large part of this book thinking that it took place in the Pacific Northwest - my only reference for somewhere that has both rain forest and seasonal snow - and it wasn't until someone mentioned kookaburras outside their window that I finally twigged. And then I realized that what I'd been taking for strange narrative tics and weird turns of phrase were probably actually Australian colloquialisms. Whoops! 4 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Even if you're feeling burnt out on teen paranormal romance, I think Old Magic is a good choice for a light, fun read that manages to have a number of unique elements but still feels comfortable at the same time.
tygers_eye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** This is such a hushed up, secret, compassionate book about family and love, as well as a delicious twist of suspense and magic, evilness, and it includes a gawky kid who you don't know how perfect he really will become. (pssssst:he defeats rhauk!!!) I really love this book.It brings you into a different time frame, a unique and different story. A story you'll never forget.
angieanzaldua on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book I've read it about 3 times. i love the whole split persective going from Kate to Jarrod.. i love the fact that he likes her regardless of the fact that shes suppose to be a freak and hes intrigued by her.. i Loved the time traveling... all in all a really entertaining book..
StaceyMacWrites on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a little of everything thrown into one decently sized novel. I was easily sucked into Old Magic and found myself feeling the emotions of both Jarrod and Kate. Something I hate to see is novels that lack character development and growth, this one does not lack either. While I found myself disappointed at Jarrod in the beginning of this story, his character grew dramatically and believably, and I found myself rooting both main characters on during their journey. Surprisingly, the time travel didn't disrupt the story. For me it added depth and livened the story dramatically. This book was thrilling and always gave me something to go on for, including Jarrod and Kate's growing romance which set the tone and edge for this story along with a full plot. This is definitely worth a read!
tanakainmaui on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Katie and Jarrod are from opposite sides of the popularity scale. Jarrod is handsome, and although a recent transfer student, suddenly popular. Katie is considered something of a weirdo since her Aunt owns a new age shop. Both Katie and her aunt are real witches with healing and other powers. Jarrod has his own power which he was totally unaware of. They discover that Jarrod's family is under a curse and the only way to remove it is to destroy the warlock who placed the curse on them. Unfortunately, the warlock has been dead for over a hundred years. Katie and Jarrod have to make the perilous journey back in time to remove the curse.
joyfiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this story. This was the first Marianne Curley book I read. The traveling back in time was enjoyable and the characters were likeable. I've recommended it to others and they have enjoyed it, too.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, even though I'm not a really big reader of time traveling books (until Marianne Curley, that is). The only complaint I have is the rather abrupt ending to the story, I would have liked to have had a little more decription there.
novellavialli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
History, magic and teen romance! All my favourite things rolled up together.
midnighttwilight101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Old Magic by Marianne Curley has everything, curses, romance, and time travel. The point of view also switches between Kate and Jarrod, making the story that much more interesting. I would recommend this book and the Guardians of Time Trilogy (also by Marianne Curley) to any fantasy book lover.
slightlyfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! This was the first book of Marianne Curleys I ever read and it sucked me into her world. The story is original. The characters are complex. I loved the time-travel and their powers are unique. I really couldn't get enough of this book.
laurenbethy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read another series by Marianne Curley that was written similar and had a similar plot to Old Magic so I was not that impressed by this book. I read it in a few hours however and if you ever happen to have this book and a day by the pool go ahead and pick it up to enjoy yourself some young adult fantasy. On the other hand if you don't have this book or a pool, don't bother--pick up a better written book and a cozy corner.
actinie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing!I just love this book!!!One of my favourites!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding. I rarely read and always thought it was boring, but this book got me hooked on the first page. At the end it kinda left me hanging but i hope another book is made to continue the story. I loved how it went into grave detail explaining every thing up to what they looked like. This was a enjoyable experiance. I was able to picture everything as if i was in the story. I would recommend this book to people who like magic and romance novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a couple years ago. And I loved it. But it was too short. The author should have either made the book a liitle longer or create a sequel. I feel like the story wasnt complete. The first two parts were great and full of information, but the last part of the book felt so rushed. I read this book three times in the past few years, not just because I really liked the story, but because I felt like I needed more. Overall, a great story and I reccomemnd.