It’s all about witches in my book reading over the last couple of weeks and I have been dying to get my hands on The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. I adore Practical Magic, it is both one of my favourite books and films. I don’t know if The Rules of Magic will have that same cult status but it was a beautifully written book. I couldn’t wait to read about the aunts and their lives. I love magical realism and was instantly in love with the characters and the world they inhabit.
Jet, Frannie and Vincent know they have magic but their mother sets rules to kerb their abilities. Jet is shy and beautiful and tell what others are thinking. Vincent is wild and charismatic. Frannie has red hair, pale skin and the ability to speak to birds. They also share the Owens curse for disaster if they ever fall in love. All of them make mistakes and sacrifices that draw the aunts to the home that eventually will be the setting for Practical Magic. The story is a slow, beautiful read that brings New York to life. You can see tragedies coming and you want to climb in to save the siblings the pain they will inevitably suffer. The book is incredibly descriptive and immersive. This is witchcraft for me. A magical book. 5/5.