The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

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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: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501137471
1501137476
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 24 cm

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laphampeak
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.

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njon38
Jan 07, 2018

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

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carolefort
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

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genepy
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.

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Mudita
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!

ontherideau Nov 16, 2017

I am a Hoffman fan but this one felt overdone and did not enchant me.

DPLRoxanne Nov 02, 2017

Alice Hoffman delights fans, and returns to the mystical universe of the Owens family 22 years after Practical Magic became a runaway bestseller. The prequel focuses on Susanna Owen’s three children—each unique, gifted and haunted by a familial curse that began in 1620. Centuries later, the Owen’s children journey from their home in New York City to visit their Aunt Isabelle in Massachusetts. There they unearth family secrets, and discover there is something mysterious about them. They seek to escape the curse, and come to realize they must find the inner strength to put their powers to use. The combination of magic, fairy-tale threads and romance is a bewitching concoction. The focus on magical realism will please long-time readers. Her latest offering is not to be missed, and will enthrall a new generation.

VaughanPLAlyssia Oct 24, 2017

I’ve never read Practical Magic, but I’ve seen the movie roughly a million times, so I knew I had to pick this up. As is always the case with me and Alice Hoffman books, it took me a while to get into it. I’m not a fan of her writing style; I find it very “tell” and not “show”, and she breezes through the story without giving us time to digest anything. About half way into The Rules of Magic the story really picks up, and then I didn’t want it to end! The world of 44 Greenwich is perfectly cozy and magical, just like the aunts’ house in Practical Magic (which we revisit in this one). The love stories are also engrossing. I don’t like “insta-love”, but it actually works here in a sort of fairytale way. It wasn’t an amazing book but it was a good October read.

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LindaChesnut
Oct 23, 2017

The Rules of Magic is excellent and the perfect follow up to Practical Magic! Once more Alice Hoffman writes a spell bounding book.

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