The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

Find your magicFor 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...

Details The Rules of Magic

TitleThe Rules of Magic
Release DateOct 10th, 2017
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreFiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Historical, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Witches

Reviews The Rules of Magic

  • Elyse
    It's FANTASTIC!!!!! "The Rules of Magic", is such a wonderful world to visit. 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. Yikes... that might scare me away from them too! Ha! But -- oh how I loved this family who came from a long line of witche...
  • Angela M
    If you don't read this book because you don't believe in witches or in magic, you would truly be missing out on a wonderful story that is about so much more. If you don't read this book because you haven't read Practical Magic, the book to which this is a prequel, you'd be missing out . I haven't read Practical Magic (although I intend to now), but yet I loved so much about this book . It is not just a story of spells and potions and special powe...
  • Larry H
    How much did I love this book? I cannot even count the ways.Franny, Bridget (Jet), and Vincent Owens are siblings growing up in New York City in the late 1950s and early 1960s, raised by no-nonsense parents who discourage their children from exploring their uniqueness. Their mother Susanna knows that her children are different—headstrong Franny can talk to birds, beautiful Jet can read people's thoughts, and charismatic Vincent has been charmin...
  • PorshaJo
    Rating 4.5 (Release date 10-10-17)Magical! Enough said, end review. Seriously, I loved this book. I got an email one day asking if I was wanted to read this new book by Alice Hoffman. I didn't even think, I just replied YES!The Rules of Magic is the 'prequel' to Hoffman's huge selling book and movie, Practical Magic. Even though this is a prequel, I will say this.....You DO NOT have to read Practical Magic before reading this one. In Practical Ma...
  • Susanne Strong
    5 Crazy, Dazzling & Reckless Stars! "The Rules of Magic" is a Mystical, Whimsical, Fantastical and Heartbreaking Novel about the Owen family. Siblings, Franny, Jet and Vincent, who are given simple, yet strange rules by their mother Susanna: no walking in moonlight, no wearing black, no wearing red shoes, no cats or crows, no candles and no reading books about magic. Oh.. and the biggest rule? No falling in love. They are provided no explanation...
  • Cheri
    I'll tell you about the magic, and it'll free your soulBut it's like trying to tell a stranger 'bout rock and rollIf you believe in magic, come along with meWe'll dance until morning 'til there's just you and meAnd maybe, if the music is rightI'll meet you tomorrow, sort of late at nightAnd we'll go dancing, baby, then you'll seeHow the magic's in the music and the music's in meYeah, do you believe in magicYeah, believe in the magic of a young gi...
  • Diane S ☔
    It has been many, many years since I read Practical Magic, or seen the movie. I do remember loving it, loving the sisters and the magic. So here the Owen sisters return, as young witches, parents still alive, and with the added twist of their younger brother Victor. Of course they soon notice how different they are, exploring their talents in various ways until a horrible tragedy threatens to derail everything.Loved it, this book was just what I ...
  • Emma
    Family is everything and the blood of witches runs deeply through it. Each person is so boldly crafted that their emotional pain reaches right to your heart; you cheer their will to be themselves and fight against the curse, even as the world around them tries repeatedly to rip them apart. It's moving and beautiful, but never sentimental. Their magic flows through and around it all, a blend of old world herbal remedies and bright powers mixed tog...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    This was a bit of candy that took longer to read than I expected, and in fact I think this would have been stronger about 100 pages shorter. Other than that, this is a story of three siblings with witchery in their blood (it can't be escaped!) and how it effects their lives. The most tragic part is that everyone they love dies. Cheery, right? But somehow this book is a comfort because of the way Alice Hoffman writes, and she has chosen the 1960s ...
  • Debbie
    Woo-woo here, woo-woo there. Here a witch, there a witch, everywhere a witch witch....Sadly, I couldn't finish this one. I never should have requested it, knowing that magical realism isn't my thing. Reading it has been torture, so I'm stopping right now, a quarter of the way through. Life is too short for me to spend hours reading something I hate. Reading fiction must be fun or intriguing--otherwise, what's the point?My fault. I let myself get ...
  • Dorie
    I received an ARC of this book through the publisher and NetGalley.One never knows what will be found between the covers of a book by Ms. Hoffman. I have read many books by this master storyteller and she never disappoints. Some aren’t always my favorites, “The Dovekeepers” was too dark for me, but the writing is always pitch perfect.This is a prequel to her famous “Practical Magic” which was made into a movie in 2003. I did not read th...
  • CL
    I love Alice Hoffman stories and as always she does not disappoint. She tells a story with a heartfelt theme of family, loss and the ever enduring power of love as one tries to find themselves. Franny, Jet and Vincent have been told all of their lives they are cursed and not to fall in love. They come from a long line of witches and it does not end well if they fall in love due to the family curse but one cannot control who they love and as they ...
  • Theresa Alan
    This prequel to the novel Practical Magic is about three siblings, Franny, Jet (Bridget), and Vincent, who, when the novel begins, are three teenagers ostracized by their peers and the neighbors because they are witches. Worse to them, they battle under the constraints of a curse started hundreds of years earlier. What I found fun about this book are all the life adages shared, often by their Aunt Isabelle. Also, viewing history through the lens ...
  • Debra
    I had a hard time deciding between and 3.5 and a 4 so I rounded up to a 4.The Rules Of Magic is a prequel to Practical Magic. I am most likely the rare reviewer who has not read practical magic (but I did see the movie). Since I have not read Practical Magic, The Rules of Magic worked very well as a stand alone novel for me.The Owens family are a long line of witches. Their origins date back to 1620 when a descendant was charged for being a witch...
  • Sonja Arlow
    3 starsThe story had a nostalgic feel to it, perhaps because I watched the movie version of Practical Magic just before starting this.If you have ever wondered about the eccentric aunts that brought up Sally and Gillian then you won’t be disappointed.The story follows Franny, Jet and their brother Vincent growing up under their parent’s scrutiny, especially their mother had rules abound. Never wear red shoes, don’t walk in the moonlight, n...
  • Wendi Lee
    *3.5 stars*This is the prequel to Practical Magic, a novel about great-aunts Jet and Franny, and their youngest brother, Vincent. I love Practical Magic. I love the book, and I love the movie, where the aunts are played by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest. I was delighted to find out that this book was coming out, because I wanted to know everything about eccentric, brave Jet and Franny. I was even more delighted when I was approved for an ARC ...
  • Antoinette
    First of all I would like to thank the publisher, Simon and Schuster, for asking me to read this book and to NetGalley for providing an e copy.I love Alice Hoffman books- she is such a diverse writer. This book is a prequel to Practical Magic, which I have not read, but definitely plan to do so.This is a totally delightful story about 3 siblings who have magical powers, but the bad news is they are also cursed. The Owens siblings were engaging ch...
  • Lynne
    A beautiful book about love, loss, family, and growing up with unique attributes. Lush descriptions of scenery in NYC, Paris, Boston are enjoyed while reading this story filled with emotions and symbolism. Thank you Alice Hoffman for another gorgeous story!
  • Nancy
    I will admit, I have not read Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic, and I am not a fan of books or television series about witches. Except for Bewitched, which I loved, but I was eleven years old then. Consequently, I did not know what to expect when the publisher offered me The Rules of Magic. I had read Hoffman's historical novel The Marriage of Opposites imagining the marriage of the artist Camille Pissarro's parents. Based on the last mentioned bo...
  • Melissa
    Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher (and the author) for the chance to read *The Rules of Magic* by Alice Hoffman. I have read a ton of Hoffman in the past, and I'm about 50/50 on whether I love or DNF them. I enjoyed the Practical Magic movie (hello, Sandra Bullock!) and thought Rules would be a good read. For the most part, the book is an enjoyable experience, with plenty of laughter and tears for both the characters and the reader. Franny is...
  • Kristen
    It’s been a long while since I was last as enraptured by a book as I was with The Rules of Magic. I don’t know if it’s because I really love Alice Hoffman or if I was just ready for a good magical realism or if this was just the book I needed to kick me out of the awful reading slump I’ve been in for months. In any case, I devoured The Rules of Magic like I was freaking Oliver Twist. Please, Ms. Hoffman, may I have some more? Set mostly i...
  • Marchpane
    If you are a fan of Practical Magic, then let this new chapter in the Owens family story be a Halloween treat to yourself. Safe to say, if you love one, you will probably love the other - the charm and sparkle and whimsy you expect is all there, along with the meandering, dreamy prose style.Of the two books, The Rules of Magic is witchier, and more brooding, the plot focusing mainly on ill-fated love affairs and deaths (with a little bit of draft...
  • Christine Roberts
    In this prequel novel, we follow the earlier lives of the Owens family, learning about Jet, Fanny, and Vincent's childhood, young adulthood, and adult lives. We follow their loves, losses, and the development of their gifts. I found this book very good, even though I had never read the novel it is meant to preface, Practical Magic. The relationships between the siblings are built and destroyed, then rebuilt again and again. We learn about the Owe...
  • Lynn Pratt
    Loved, loved, loved this! It was so wonderful to go back to the house on Magnolia Street and learn the story of the aunts. I don't want to give away any of the story - but it definitely pulled me in and I didn't want to put it down!
  • Betty
    I have read several of Alice Hoffman’s books but this one was certainly different for me. I have not read “Practical Magic” so did not really know what to expect. While this book is a prequel to “Practical Magic”, it also stands alone. Ms. Hoffman is certainly versatile – the story of Masada in “The Dovekeepers” and now witches.In the 1600’s when the witches were being persecuted in Boston they sought safety in Manhattan. It is ...
  • Katie
    The Rules of Magic is the prequel to my beloved Practical Magic – one of my very favorite books and movies. I’ve read the book once, but have seen the movie countless times. I’ve always wondered about the aunts – Jet and Franny – and this novel is like a dream come true because we finally get to learn about their lives.Jet and Franny live with their brother Vincent and their parents in New York City. There are so many rules at home – ...
  • Jeffrey Chassen
    Can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book - the perfect prequel, and a new insight to two characters I have always cherished. What a beautiful world, both magical and grounded at once.
  • Sharon
    I was dithering between 4.5 and 5 stars for this, but looking at some of the books I've given 5 stars to, this is very much worthy. The film version of Practical Magic is very special to me. Like Sally and Gillian, I grew up with one sister - one of us dark haired, one of us light. One of us sensible, the other a dreamer. Both of us in love with love and magic. Sadly, unlike the girls, we never discovered powers (not for the want of trying, that ...
  • Leslie
    3.5 stars. I really wrestled between three or four stars. Part of me thinks I'm not being fair to the book by rating it lower and I'll explain. I'd consider myself a fan of magical realism books. I adore most anything written by Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen. Those are the two I automatically think of. But I've been in the mood for mystery, suspense and horror more than usual lately and so I feel like maybe it wasn't the right time to rea...