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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic 0) by Alice Hoffman



Blurb from Goodreads:
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. 
My Review:
 
Such a perfect book for October - the prequel to Practical Magic and I really loved this!  If you are familiar with PM, you know there is a "curse" on the family.  This book explains the origin of the curse and even though there is a lot of sadness, this felt spectacularly genuine.  I read this very quickly because I loved the timing and pacing of it.  It starts in the 50s and ends in the late 70s, touching on some major historical events.  I don't want to give anything away but I definitely recommend this one.  Such great characters and such a compelling story.

The Rules of Magic comes out TODAY October 10, 2017 and you can purchase HERE.  I definitely recommend this one for fans of Practical Magic - you will not be disappointed!
If there was anything Vincent might have done to stop it he wouldn't have done so, for this occurred only once in a person's life, and then only if he was lucky. It happened the way things happen in a dream. A door opens, a person calls your name, your heart beats faster, and everything is familiar, yet you don't know where you are. You are falling, you're in a house you don't recognize and yet you want to be here, you have actually wanted to be here all of your life. 

3 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great read! I tried looking for Practical Magic on Amazon and it's out of stock. Do you need to read Practical Magic first or can I just start with this since it's a prequel? Thanks!

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  2. Glad to see you likes this!! I really want to get to it.

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  3. I'm not much into prequels but this sounds pretty interesting!

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