Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I want to share my thoughts on the most recent book I read. The Rules of Magic is a prequel to Alice Hoffman’s famous novel Practical Magic (review for that one is coming soon!). So let’s see what it is about!

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Cover from Goodreads)

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Cover from Goodreads)


The Plot: 
Set in the 1960’s in New York, the members of the Owens family battle with love. An ancient curse casted by an ancestors dooms those they fall in love with. Can the Owens children Jet, Franny and Vincent escape the curse? At what cost?
Even being born into a magical family can’t save you from heartbreak…


The Rating:
Oh boy, I am in love with this novel. It’s just about everything I had hoped for.
First of all, I love that it’s set in the 60’s. It’s such a fascinating time and it works extremely well with the whole vibe of the book. The characters are all to die for. There’s not a single one in there that I don’t care about. Hoffman managed to evade warming up stereotypes. Whenever you think you know where it’s going and just what that characters is like, you are surprised. The story itself is crafted wonderfully. The magic seeps out of every page without being too much in your face. Actually there’s not that much magic going on but you can almost feel it hovering in the air. You can tell from the premise that there will be much sadness going on and I have to admit the book truly broke my heart. It was impossible for me to put it down, I just needed to know how the story would end. Maybe with a happy end? *Fingers crossed* But no spoilers here! Go and read it for yourself!

The Rules of Magic is an enchanting novel and there’s just about nothing I didn’t enjoy about it. I got started with Practical Magic, to which this is the prequel. I can’t wait to find out whether I will like the original book as much as this one!


Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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

    • It is kind of based on the book, but very soon into the story the movie takes a different route. I just finished reading Practical Magic and I am not quite impressed by that one. The film was far more interesting. However, The Rules of Magic is just wonderful!


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  7. If you love, ahem, “practical applications of magic” in novels, I HIGHLY recommend Nina Kiriki Hoffman (no relation?) She has a ton of books spanning many genres, but her magic books all take place loosely in the same universe/extended family. I first read her book “a stir of bones” as a teen, not knowing it was a prequel to another of her books. Think, ghosts, and houses that have souls. Think early-days trans character by way of taking in another soul after a magic ritual.


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