Audiobook Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Find your magic


For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.


Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.


From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.


The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.

The Rules of Magic

Magic comes with a price!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 💋💋💋💋💋
Heat/Steam: N/A
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📙📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 🧙🏻‍♀️🧙🏽‍♂️🧙🏻🧙🏽‍♀️🧙🏻‍♂️

If you have seen the movie Practical Magic, you will know Frannie and Jet as the crazy aunts played by Stockard Channing and Diane Weist. This is their story. Their brother Vincent doesn’t appear in Practical Magic but he also plays a big part in this story.

The children of Suzanna Owens grew up in a world of crazy rules and knew nothing of where they came from. Frannie, Jet and Vincent knew they were different their entire lives. When Frannie turns 17, the three travel from New York to Massachusetts to visit their aunt Isabelle for the summer.

Each of the three siblings has their own unique characteristics, Jet is beautiful and has the sight, she can hear what others are thinking. Frannie has red hair and has an affinity towards animals, especially birds and it is not uncommon for them to flock to her when she is outside. Vincent is handsome and charismatic and has women falling at his feet.

Remember though, they are Owens children so are bound by Maria’s Curse: Ruination for any man that falls in love with an Owens. The reason for this curse was because Maria was betrayed and doesn’t want any of her line to suffer as she did.

I recently read Magic Lessons (The story of Maria Owens) and can definitely say that Alice Hoffman is a fantastic storyteller. Like that book, this was a terrific story of love and loss, whimsy and tragedy. I loved the characters and found myself rooting for all of them though I know how things end up for many of them (due to the curse).

We see each of the siblings going down a path that we know will lead to tragedy and they each keep going down those paths anyway. Frannie with her childhood friend Haylin, Jet with a nice boy she meets when staying with her aunt named Levi and Vincent when he begins to dabble in dark magic then falls for a professor. Talk about “all the feels”! I don’t think I cried so much during a book in years.

Regarding the narration. It was done by Marin Ireland, who in addition to narrating audiobooks is a famous character actress whom I have seen in more than a few movies and TV shows. She was recently in the Umbrella Academy and played a wife that fell in love with Elliot Page’s character Vanya. She has a terrific voice and does a stellar job on this book.


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