Book Review: The Rules of Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman

Pages: 369

Goodreads Synopsis: “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.”

Review: I wanted to love this story, like really love it, it sounded like it was going to be amazing but for the most part I just felt super depressed reading this. I couldn’t fall in love with any of the characters, I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy each of their individual stories and to be honest it didn’t give me any reason to go out and buy the Practical Magic even when that also sounds amazing.

I don’t know what to tell you guys with this other than it almost became a did not finish story for me. I wanted a story about magic, a story of imagination and instead I felt like it didn’t provide me with anything like that.

Overall Rating: 2/5 stars


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