Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman ★★★★



Find your magic,

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1621, 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 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 journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape have 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.

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My thoughts:

I started to read this without knowing there was a book out already so I felt a bit like I didn’t know some of what happened. Good thing though is this is a prequel to the previous book so I don’t think I missed anything by skipping it.

I loved how different the three siblings are and also how it resulted into this unique relationship dynamic that only they can pull off. The friendship and familial love was so touching that in certain parts towards the end of the book I felt deeply emotional I cried.

This story is a coming of age. We see a set of siblings as they try to have a life that they want whilst escaping a curse and all the joys and sufferings of friendships, love and the journey of trying to find oneself.

Alice Hoffman did an awesome job at making the story relateable and the characters easy to empathize and sympathize with. This book will stir your emotions in ways you probably haven’t experienced before. It will make you laugh, feel irritated and also cry, for them or at them.

This was such an enjoyable novel to read that I couldn’t put it down once I started. I definitely recommend this even if you haven’t seen or read Practical Magic. Have any of you guys read Practical Magic? How about this one? What are your thoughts about this book? Comment down below, let’s chat!


Lots of love,


6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman ★★★★

  1. jen_bookworm says:

    I read this one but because I’d seen the film I knew (SPOILER ALERT) that they wouldn’t break the curse so didn’t get why they kept mentioning it. For that reason it felt like filler, like is had no main plot/point but i did enjoy it. Maybe it’s just meant to be a story about the siblings and nothing more nothing wrong with that.

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    • tornpagesandroses says:

      You know I actually realized I’ve already seen the movie when I saw a gif that it was the one with sandra bullock and nicole kidman 😂 I didn’t finish it though lol but I remember that. You’re right! I mean she did sell some 😂


  2. auroralibrialis says:

    Practical Magic was one of my favorite movies growing up and I really liked the book as well. I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds so good. I love reading about family relationships and coming of age stories. Lovely review!

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