The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0.5) by Alice Hoffman book review


Find your magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk. From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse. The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.

I have no words…. Alice Hoffman took my heart and soul with this book. I am not battling book hangover. I am so happy that I finally got to read the Aunt’s story. I loved the aunts in Practical Magic. They were so much fun to read in that book. While you technically could read this book first I recommend reading Practical Magic first as it sets up the aunts story just a bit more. There is so much character depth here. This book had me crying out of heart ache for the aunts and laughing at their behavior along the way. This book had so much magic and imagery. It was written with beautiful prose. This book is wonderful and I loved the writing. Hopeful and dark, funny and sad, I could not put it down. This book shows us that although we may know the ending to our life, its more about the journey and how we get there. This book will surely be a chart topper. I also hope they turn this one in to a movie as well. I received this book in exchange for my honest review as an invite from the publisher to read on net galley. 5 stars from me.

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