Book Talk: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Hey guys!
Some of you might have read my review on The Rules of Magic, which is the prequel to Practical Magic. So, after I was over the moon with the prequel, I naturally had to check out the original book. So let’s talk about it!

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (Cover from Goodreads)
The Plot:

The Owens sisters Gillian and Sally couldn’t be more different. Whereas Gillian has always been a wanderer, Sally craved steadiness.
However, due to their family history both were bound to encounter troublesome lives. Maria Owens, their ancestor, and a witch cursed those the Owens women fall in love with.
It soon turns out, this will be the least of their problems…

The Rating:

As I mentioned before, the first thing I read was the prequel The Rules of Magic which I really enjoyed. I would have started with Practical Magic but it was not available at the library at the time and now I’m glad I started with the other book. 
Practical Magic was rather disappointing for me and had I read this one first, I wouldn’t even have bothered with the prequel.

The book was turned into a movie in 1998, so I thought I knew what to expect. However, those two are quite different and I’m not sure I like it. (But more on that matter in a book vs. movie post.)

The first third of Alice Hoffman’s novel was lovely and fascinating. I liked the characters and was excited to follow them on their journey. But at some point it all went downhill. 

Why?

Well, first of all, the book is titled Practical Magic, so you’d expect some magic in there, wouldn’t you? Some stuff the aunts do is described at the beginning, but after a while, the whole magical topic kind of dies and is never to be seen again. This annoyed me a great deal!

Furthermore, there is so much whining and self-pity going on, I just want to slap the characters in the face. Everybody is so beautiful but oh so unsure about themselves. The sisters (and Sally’s daughters) constantly complain about everything. And Alice Hoffman seems to be a huge fan of lists, so we get endless lamentations of all the things that might not be rainbows and butterflies. To be honest, I couldn’t bring myself to care for any of the characters – they only managed to get me to roll my eyes constantly.

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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. Continue reading

Top 4 TV Shows that feature Magic

Hey guys!
I haven’t written a list in ages, so it’s definitely time to tackle a new subject. Todays post will be about my favourite TV shows that involve magic!

 

#4 – The Worst Witch:

I have only a faint memory of this one, but I really loved it when I was a kid. The best way to describe this show is as a funny version of Harry Potter with a female Neville in the leading role. Mildred Hubble is a young witch who attends a magic school. But – you guess it – she’s having quite a lot of trouble!
While doing research for this post I  found out that a re-boot of The Worst Witch aired this year, Bella Ramsay is starring as Mildred (you might know her as Lyanna Mormont). I need to check it out asap! Continue reading

Movie Mania: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hello my lovely readers!
Finally. After it took me just about forever to check out the film, It took me even longer to finally get started with the review. Anyway, here is what every Harry Potter fan has been longing for: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

 

The Plot:
In 1926 Newt Scamander travels to New York. The magizoolist is on his way to Arizona when he encounters some trouble. He accidentally swaps his suitcase (filled with magical creatures) with the one of a muggle. While Newt tries to find all his creatures, many more problems arise in New York… Continue reading

Book Review: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp

Hey Folks!
To get into the magic spirit before watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Review coming in the days, right here), I finally read the last Hogwarts Library book missing in my collection. So let’s find out some stuff about Quidditch!

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
Kennilworthy Whisp collected many interesting facts about every wizards favourite game, Quidditch. First of all, we find out about the history, the development of the game itself, famous teams and all the rules!

 

The Rating:
As usual: lovely. JK Rowling excelled herself with this one. I really like Fantastic Beats and Where to find them (the original book, not the screenplay) and The Tales of Beedle The Bard, so I was excited to finally check it out. Quidditch Through the Ages is another great supplement to cure the post Harry Potter blues. Not only has she created an amazing world but also gives it more depth with each single book she publishes. She pays attention to every detail, like inventing a magical writer or giving a foreword by Dumbledore. Even the illustrations are on point. But what I liked best about this one is the humor. I can’t even tell you how often I laughed out loud! Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The third installment of J. K. Rowling epic Harry Potter series bears the title “The Prisoner of Azkaban”. The  – so far – darkest book in the series.

 

The Plot:
The entire magical world is up in arms. Sirius Black has escaped from the legendary prison Azkaban, that is guarded by the happiness-sucking Dementors. Everybody is afraid, but one boy appears to be in bigger danger than everyone else. Harry Potter is looking forward to another turbulent year in Hogwarts…

 

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