The Rules of Magic

by Alice Hoffman

Quick take

A book about coming of age, discovering your innermost self, and most of all, the unwavering belief that true love is really all that matters.

Why I love it

My favorite holiday is Halloween. This is something my friends have lovingly teased me about for as long as I can remember. I get it: What’s to love about a holiday where you put on cheap costumes, get drunk, do stupid things dressed as a sexy Pokemon and then regret them hungover at your desk the next morning?

But my Halloween memories are different. They spark images from my childhood; crispy...


From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

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 c...

Member thoughts

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  • Jessica A.

    Woodstock, GA

    "Alice Hoffman doesn't disappoint! Very well done book about the Owens sisters and the power we give things we believe in (for them it was the curse and fate)."

  • Anna B.

    San Diego, CA

    "So good I had to read Practical Magic directly after!"

  • Molly G.

    Chicago, IL

    "Great characters and really well-written story. I'll be reading Practical Magic next!"

  • Leigh K.

    Minneapolis, MN

    "This story manages to be both heart-warming and heart-breaking as it explores themes of family, fate, and personhood. I loved the magical elements as much as I loved the characters themselves."

  • Kari S.

    Wausau, WI

    "This book was fantastic. Full of magic, wonder and heart. I loved cozying up with Owens family and their unique talents. FWIW- I did not read Practical Magic and had no problems diving in. "

  • Lori Rae P.

    Mission, TX

    "love every hoffman title"

  • Erin W.

    Logan Township , NJ

    "I loved the movie for Practical Magic so much more than the book, but then there was this! I loved this book so so much. "

  • Vanessa G.

    Warrensburg, MO

    ""Don't just love a lots.""


    Seaside, CA

    "love! in the spirit of "Practical Magic", the same sense of family traditions, secrets, curses and the consequences of love. the characters are well written. growing up is tough, even with magic"

  • Abbey G.

    Chicago, IL

    "As a huge fan of Practical Magic (the movie), I was so excited to see this as an option, and I wasn't disappointed. This book showed me that the purest magic in the world has nothing to do with spells"

  • Meaghan B.

    Pontiac, MI