I think I’m a few decades late getting on this train. I read The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman while traveling to LA a few weeks back and was absolutely stunned at how amazing it was. It was one of those where I was almost tempted to skip sight-seeing just to stay inside and finish this book! I ordered the sequel (technically, though, Practical Magic came first and they recently released The Rules of Magic as a prequel!) as soon as I got back, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting it ever since. I had to finish another book first, but I started this one yesterday and I can’t be more pleased.
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.
For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.
One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…
This book tells the tale of two sisters, Gillian and Sally, who spent their childhoods living with their weird old aunts on Magnolia Street in a small town in New England. It’s pretty much stated that the aunts are witches who help the women of the town in their time of need (and yet are shunned at all other times), but Sally (the sensible sister) doesn’t want anything to do with them, and Gillian (the wild and carefree sister) wants to escape as soon as she can.
I’m already one chapter (one part?) into it, and I can tell that this is going to have the same amount of terrible things happen to the main characters as happened to the main characters in the first book. (Fun fact: I don’t think they’ve named the aunts in this new book yet. They’re always referred to as “the aunts,” which is a little peculiar to me, since I read the “new” prequel first and have all the backstory.)
Is this as good as the first book so far? I will admit it almost made me late for work this morning because I couldn’t put it down when the alarm to clock in came. I know I’ll be enjoying this on my lunch break. My only regret is that it’s a little on the short side (particularly compared with the V.E. Schwab book I just finished reading), but that just means I can tell you my final thoughts on it sooner.
What do you think? Have you ever read anything by Alice Hoffman? Have you seen the 1990s movie based on Practical Magic? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.