The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic

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"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."--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501137471
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 25 cm

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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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 30, 2018

"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

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MelyssaLynnAlberda
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.

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brangwinn
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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scrowell_09
Mar 21, 2018

I found the book a little tedious and boring ....

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Dops
Mar 06, 2018

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

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telger
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!

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writermala
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.

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