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The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

Book - 2017
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Jan 22, 2021

A fantastic read which kept me up late glued to this delicious and engrossing story! It's been a while since I read Practical Magic; however, I think that this prequel outshines it and perhaps it's due to gaining the Aunts' perspectives and better understanding the 'missing' Vincent. The last 70 pages had me in tears of sadness, shared understanding, and joyful Love of the Human Spirit. A must-read for anyone who loves exceptional storytelling, peopled with practical & vulnerable characters all the while artfully entwined with Magic!

Jan 21, 2021

This is the 2nd book and occurs hundreds of years after the first (when Maria Owens creates the curse against the men who love the Owens women). This occurs in the 1960s in NYC with the Owens children- Franny, Jet, and Vincent who all have their personal demons to combat with along with what the curse means to them. They even go to Aunt Isabelle’s to learn some of the original magic that we learns about in “Magic Lessons”. Can’t wait to read “Practical Magic” next.

Jan 04, 2021

I devoured this book in about 3 days. I just couldn't get enough of these magical siblings and what life delivered them. I was torn about my rating because it was very close to being a 5 star for me. I loved how the story started with the siblings as teenagers and followed them throughout their life with each having a storyline of their own, yet also connected. I cried at the end and got right online to place a hold on Practical Magic to continue the story.

Aug 23, 2020

A lovely book, true escapism. It's as magical as her Practical Magic. If you're a romantic who enjoys flights of fancy, you'll love it.

Feb 09, 2020

A truly beautiful tale of love, loss, and rebirth. This may be my favorite book of all time. The tale, rich with descriptive embroidery and smelling of lavender and herbs and chocolate, is gorgeous, and the simple, poignant, plot is compelling. An absolute masterpiece.

Jan 25, 2020

This is a poignant tale of family, love and magic. Hoffman's characters are brilliantly rendered and draw you into her story. Highly recommend and looking forward to reading "Practical Magic," the sequel!

AnnabelleLee27 Dec 05, 2019

A story about love, choices, heritage, and courage. A character driven story that was more than a coming of age story with lovely prose and vivid imagery. A very dreamy, quick, and enjoyable read that stays with the reader after it is finished.

Sep 14, 2019

The book moved me from tears to sheer laughter! So beautifully written, one of my absolute favorites of Alice Hoffman's <3

spookycait Sep 13, 2019

I really enjoyed this book in its entirety. It is a story of grief, love, and magic encompassed with likeable and relatable characters. This is a fun read and is highly recommended to those who enjoy a little everyday magic.

Jul 23, 2019

The two beautiful sisters Franny and Jet 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. I can't say anything better myself. Wonderfully written and a joy to read.

Jun 23, 2019

This was an exceptional story of family devotion, loss, fear and redemption, set in fairly modern times and within a family of witches. An amazing read with sturdy characters and a robust story line.

Jun 19, 2019

About a girl who had powers - not for book club

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.

Mar 27, 2018

I love this new crop of fiction about modern witches and their families, and this book is right at the top of my list. I really appreciated how Hoffman was able to weave a story together that combined bother the fairy tale aspects of witches with modern living in New York City and a small Massachusetts town. It’s difficult to realize that your powers will often put you at odds with your emotions, like how death stalks those you fall in love with. I look forward to reading the rest of The Practical Magic series.

AshleyF2008 Mar 24, 2018

This is the first book I've read from Alice Hoffman, though I've seen the movie for Practical Magic. I enjoyed the book and I wasn't bored, but it didn't really pull at me. The distance the author maintained throughout the story left me feeling disconnected from the characters, though the prose was lovely.

Mar 21, 2018

I found the book a little tedious and boring ....

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