The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

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: 9781501183874
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOF
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 06, 2018

Very enjoyable, love the characters and a different storyline through their years from children to grandparent age.

Feb 22, 2018

I'm not really a fan of magic books but this worked its magic on me! I love the characters of Franny, Jet and Vincent. They came to life before me- with their unique traits and Alice Hoffmann's poetic words! I can imagine the scenes and climactic moments transpired infront of me!

Feb 04, 2018

I was very skeptical when I picked up this book and prepared to dislike it since I thought "how interesting can a book about Magic be?" Well I was wrong. Susannah Owens' children are fascinating in their own right and also given their magical powers, which their mother tried to protect them from but which they discovered about when they visited their aunt Isabelle. Not only did they learn about magic but Frannie, Jet, and Vincent learned about their ancestor Maria Owens who in the 1600s was accused of witchery for loving the wrong man. The line was supposed to be cursed in that anybody they loved would meet a dreadful fate. The trip keep trying to escape their destiny but in the face of true love what were they supposed to do? While I would not call the story "gripping" the novel moved nicely and kept me interested. I would recommend it. I'd probably call it a Grown Up's Harry Potter.

Feb 04, 2018

I loved this book from beginning to end. It is a prequel to "Practical Magic" which although one of my favourite movies I have not read the book yet, it will be next on my list shortly. Foraging through life with what little we believe is given to us resonates through this story. But also the realization that we are the makers and navigators of our destiny. Although love has so many opportunities to hurt us, the world is not coloured the same without it. Despite all the three main characters find their destinies and steer their course causing the reader to contemplate their own journeys through life. The book leaves a magical air about you even after the last sentence.

Jan 17, 2018

Mystical - no mystery. Charming - not enchanting. The characters are not too deep. The story is just a leisure read. It's hit or miss for me with author's books.

Jan 07, 2018

This is the prequel to Practical Magic and it is charming but does not pack the punch of the original.

Dec 25, 2017

This book is a prequel to Practical Magic. Since the 1600s, the Owens family has been feared and mistrusted. In Massachusetts, one of the ancestors was charged with loving the wrong man. In the 1950s, Susanna Owens, a descendant, moves to New York to raise her three children away from the Owens' reputation and away from the curse forbidding them from falling in love. It becomes obvious that Franny, Jet and Vincent cannot deny their heritage. From the beginning, the children exhibit signs of eccentricity and witchcraft. And as they grow older, they try everything to prevent falling in love. But it is not meant to be. The novel deals with each sibling avoiding love as much as possible until their heart leads them to do the opposite. The Rules of Magic is surreal and yet so real in many ways. It is a fairy tale for adults and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Well written and captivating

Dec 20, 2017

This story of the Owens family of witches is far less enjoyable than the delicious, witty, funny first book. In this one magic is no fun but a dreadful curse and most of the characters die from this. It’s a tragic, sad and grim tale. Well written and tightly composed, two steady skills of Alice Hoffman but still somewhat disappointing after the success of Practical Magic.

Dec 16, 2017

This was the first AH story I've read. Glad it was. After seeing the overrated, mediocre Practical Magic movie, I held off until now. Very good writing and clear life/love messages. I appreciate the female writier's refreshing perspective where conflict is not settled by physical violence. Thank you Charles de Lint for recommending this.

Cynthia_N Dec 04, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this prequel! Recommended if you liked Practical Magic!

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