The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

Book - 2017
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From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.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. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.
Publisher: [London], Simon & Schuster UK,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781471168987
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 24 cm.


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TashD May 29, 2019

An intense read full of very interesting characters. The book was so well written that I felt like I could totally envision Aunt Isabelle's home and garden, she made her magic come alive. Although there was a lot of heartbreak and tragedy there were such strong bonds between the characters and the story kept me page turning to find out what's happening next.

Jan 30, 2019

Just finished this great book! I have never read Practical Magic so I was excited to be able to start with the prequel. It took me about 50 pages until I was fully hooked. I love how sentimental these characters are and loyalty they have for one another. I shed many tears by the end! I loved it.

Nov 27, 2018

I loved this book! Magic, love, tragedy, and a delight to read.

Nov 03, 2018

I feel like this book had a lot of potential and was very close to being amazing, but it was slightly lacking and definitely moved too slowly.

Aug 28, 2018

I love Practical magic.. so I was really excited to read this prequel to story. It was okay.
I enjoyed learning more about the characters and how the curse effected the aunts. but it was a little slow for me in some places.

Aug 10, 2018

Loved it! But I love anything she writes. Such a rich family history, connection, and deep abiding love between these characters. Definitely worth a read if you can put your head in the clouds. Dysfunctional and lovely. I’d definitely recommend to friends I think would appreciate the story.

EverythingTouches Jul 05, 2018

I felt the subject matter of witches and how it was imaginatively used was the strength of this story. I liked the romance element and enjoyed the strength and warmth of the two main women characters.

Jun 30, 2018

I got this book from the library, not expecting much but it was one of the best-written books I have ever read! I loved it so much, the plot of the story was very exciting and it made the book very good. A powerful curse began for the Owens family in the 1600's when Maria Owens was accused of witchery and magic for loving the wrong man. Now in the 1960’s, Susanna Owens knows that she must protect her three children from the world. The eldest, Franny has pale skin with blood red hair and can speak to birds. The middle child is Jet who is very beautiful and can read others thoughts. Then there is Vincent who began looking for trouble at an early age. Then when they visit their aunt Isabelle they discover who they truly are and why it has been kept from them. This book was very good and I loved all of the characters. It felt like a long book because it was the story of the Owens over the years, but I think that it was a good length. It is an adult book but I think that it is suitable for teens 14 and older. Rating- 5/5 stars.
@readit12 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

"The Rules of Magic" is such a wonderful world to visit. It was magical, enchanting, mysterious, heartbreaking and heartwarming. I was spellbound from the very first line ~ Once upon a time... to the last: Know that the only remedy for love is to love more.
Wonderful story about the power of love, what it forgives and how hard it is to forget.
We learn the history behind the infamous curse that plagues the Owens women and discover the legacy behind the love potions and herbs, and the complicated emotions swirling around Frances and Jet. Most people avoided the Owens family believing any entanglement with them would taint not only their present but their future as well.
It was said that some family members could place a single horse hair into a pan of water and turn it into a snake. The only con about this book was the length, I found the book very long with so much to remember. Rating 4/5 stars.
- @momo of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

May 25, 2018

The Rules of Magic follows siblings Franny, Jet and Vincent in their journey as they begin to discover magic and what it means to live with the Owens family curse. It's the prequel to Practical Magic; although I have not read the book, I was a big fan of the movie.
The story is essentially a series of events that occur over a span of roughly thirty-some years. Because of how much time elapsed, the storyline felt choppy to me. There were parts where I couldn't put the book down and others I found boring and repetitive. To be honest, I was also anticipating a little more "magic" and a like less courage tea and black soap references. Overall, it was an easy read that had it's moments. I really wanted to love it, but unfortunately, I didn't.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

A prequel to Hoffman's Practical Magic. Highly recommend.

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