My review: The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman


About the book:

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:

This book is just magical. I felt so much interested in the lives of Franny, Jet and Vincent that was extremely sad when the book came to an end.

‘The Rules of Magic’ is a fairytale for adults who still want to believe in magic, curses, destinies and that love can conquer all. Set in the 1960s really gives a special charisma to everything that was happening in the book. The free spirit of that time, fashionable and modern New York and the opposite of it all where it all started – in Massachusetts, in the old house full of secrets and exotic plants. 

‘The Rules of Magic’ will give you so many rules that will help to define your own destiny. It teaches you kindness, love and that you always have to be yourself.

The world of ‘The Rules of Magic’ is full of wonder, wisdom and stories that will make you laugh, cry, think, love, hate, exhale and inhale again. It’s been a few days since I finished the book and I miss it all so much.You don’t need to believe in magic and witchery to like this book. It tells stories that will make you care about the Owens and what will happen to them.

Despite it being the second book in a series, it can be a stand-alone novel. I haven’t read the first book – ‘The Practical Magic’ but definitely will.

My score is 5* out of 5*.



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