True to my word I have got another book review. But this one is more for a whole trilogy not just a single book.
The Magic or Madness Trilogy by Justine Larbalestier is a good group of books. They star a female hero named Reason. These books were so good I finished them in less than a week [one a day]. They are not your normal books about magic and contain a surprising twist. Magic has a serious downside: use too little and you go insane, use too much and you die alarmingly early most not even making it to there thirties. Reason, the main character, a fifteen-year-old girl faces many challenges. Starting when her mom goes mad and and she is sent to live with her grandmother who her mother has taught her to hate and fear. Shortly after moving to her grandmother's Reason discovers a secret about who she really is, a secret that her mom has kept from her trying to protect her. What will Reason do with her new found information. This book is based partly in Australia [so expect a strange accent]. It is a fantasy book. If you like this book you will also like Uglies by Scott Westerfield.