Well, Happy Halloween to all my readers! How divinely cool the weather has turned out to be. Perfect for trick or treating. And a good night for haunting.
THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman is a prequel to her wildly popular novel many years ago titled PRACTICAL MAGIC. It was even made into a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Many of you will remember the Owens family. Witches, all.
I was probably one of a very few who did not read PRACTICAL MAGIC. But, I am here to tell you that you can easily read THE RULES OF MAGIC without missing a beat. Go ahead, dive right in. Hoffman will guide you through.
I always say I don’t read magical realism or fantasy. And, I don’t. But there’s something about Hoffman’s writing that is so much more than any of that. She’s once again outdone herself bringing back some of the characters from before. And even adding one: a brother for Jet and Franny.
These people have the sight. Vincent, the brother, can make things move, open doors, and hear what people are thinking, even dead people. Franny has a thing for birds and I kept thinking she would just fly away. Jet reads thoughts and looks witchy with her long black hair and gray eyes.
One summer their parents send them to spend the summer with their aunt in Massachusetts. Now, she’s a real witch. Everyone in town knows who Aunt Isabelle is. And they give her a wide wake. Some people hate her. But they all respect her. She teaches the kids to make black soap and create spells. But it’s their cousin April who tells them about the curse made on the family by Maria Owens, who escaped hanging but was spurned by her her lover: And we discover that any man who loves an Owens is doomed.
This novel begins with the words once upon a time. And that is why I have waited until today, on Samhain, the last night in October, All Hallows’ Eve, the night when one season ends and another begins, to post about THE RULES OF MAGIC.
My beautiful finished copy of THE RULES OF MAGIC was sent to me by the very generous publishing people at Simon&Schuster in exchance for an honest review. Just like all of Alice Hoffman’s books, it’s perfect.
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