Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Spotlight Tuesday (7)

Spotlight Tuesday was created as a way to shed light on a book and/or author that you feel deserves a little attention.

This week's spotlight will shine on...

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

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.

This was one of the first YA books I read, which means it of course, has special meaning to me. It was also one of the first fantasy books I fell in love with and that got me into the genre in the first place. I recommend it to anyone that's looking for a good magical read or even someone who's weary of fantasy books. Though the fantasy aspect is a big part of the novel, it doesn't overpower the book, so I think this would even make a great starter for a fantasy rookie.

Since reading this one, I've yet to read any of Marianne's other books, but I definitely want to. If Old Magic seems like a book you'd enjoy, you can get it here (also in the original cover), or you know, wherever books are sold. :)


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