The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"The prequel to Alice Hoffman's PRACTICAL MAGIC, following the lives of Franny and Jet Owens (and their brother Vincent Owens) long before Sally and Gillian wound up on their doorstep"--
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501137471
Branch Call Number: F HOF NVD
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 25 cm


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From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical 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,... Read More »

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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.

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