The Rules of Magic

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This book was out of my comfort zone, but I am trying to widen my book horizon!

The Owens family is one from which the community steered clear due to their reputation of being witches. They have m

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agical abilities that have run through their bloodline and are inescapable. Throughout the story, Franny, Jet, and Vincent struggle against the curses that have been put upon their family for centuries. They must distinguish between which occurrences are bad luck of the curse and which are just the reality with which all humans inevitably deal.

I don’t typically go for books with magic or fantasy aspects to them, and I think I really liked this one because it wasn’t over the top with magic elements and wasn’t totally unrealistic. It was a good balance, and incorporated a lot of problems that are relatable even to us mortals. Whether you like magic or not, give it a try!
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“Do as you will, but harm no one.

What you give will be returned to you threefold.

Fall in love whenever you can.”

The Owen’s family is unique in that each of the three children; Franny, Jet, and Vincent have their own set of special magical abilities. However, they are cursed and must never fall in love (this proves impossible of course). Their mother Susanna is wary of their magical abilities, so she sets out a simple set of rules for them to follow, most of all, to avoid tragedy and heartbreak.

This book was very different from what I was expecting! The focus is not on witches, spells, or portions, but on the lives, from start to finish of the three children. It read almost as a magical biography, and is truly a wonderful story. It is the prequel to “Practical Magic”. I haven’t read it, but this book works perfectly as a stand alone. It is about family, self acceptance, courage, and taking risks. Most of all the book is almost a collection of three love stories, with sticks to the idea that everyone has “one true love”.

Alice Hoffman’s writing is enchanting and magical. It is also somewhat matter of fact. There are little surprises and unique stories within the plot that really make it special. This wasn’t a book that I felt in engrossed in or couldn’t put down. I think that is because there were many little subplots within the novel, and I was never pulled into one overarching story. However, it is definitely a well written, beautiful book that I would recommend. Also if you love reading about New York City, especially in the 1950s-60s, you’ll love this!

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Guest a year ago

Great story but the ending could have been better

Guest a year ago

A pleasant read.

Guest a year ago

GREAT BOOK :)

Guest a year ago

yes loved it

Guest a year ago

i really like this story and i keep story it all day
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