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
-Good Reads Synopsis
Author: Alice Hoffman
Release: October 2017
My Rating: 5/5
My Favourite Quote: “Writing itself was a magical act in which imagination altered reality and gave form to power.”
I have always loved Practical Magic the movie, and I try to watch it once every October. Despite this, I actually did not know the movie was based on a book of the same name, and to my shame I have not read that particular book. So when I saw The Rules of Magic in stores, I was both incredibly intrigued but also worried that I may miss some nuances because this book is a prequel of a sort to Practical Magic . Thankfully, I found that this book stands alone very well.
To be short, I love almost every aspect of this book. For the most part it is set in 1960’s New York and this mixed with magical elements builds such an interesting atmosphere one rife with counterculture and interesting historical events.
The characters that we follow in this story are also written beautifully. The three siblings: Jet, Franny and Vincent are all very different people but I came to empathize and care for each one personally. We follow each of their lives together and separately and they each have such an interesting story.
This novel is about the struggles of life and love and it uses magic beautifully as a way to emphasises these themes. It was so refreshing to see magic used to humanize characters rather than make them all powerful. This novel touches on issues I think everyone can relate to, and it does it in such an interesting and compelling way.
I smiled so many times while reading this book, and I also shed a few tears (which might I add is quite unusual for me).
If you are looking for a warm and magical read I would absolutely recommend this book!
And please if you have also read this book tell me your thoughts! I’d love to hear what you guys think!