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Book Review: “The Book of Magic” by Alice Hoffman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a great conclusion to the Practical Magic series. I loved that all the ones that came out prior to this were all prequels to Practical Magic. This is the only one that follows up what happens to the family after their adventures in Practical Magic. Sally’s girls are in their 20s and on their own, protected from knowing about magic all their lives but that catches up to them. For someone like me who has read the book once but seen the movies a thousand times, it gets confusing for me because the characters are inverted; Sally’s girls are opposite in the book and the aunts are opposite in the books, or I guess in the movie. Messes with my memory of the story and I have to stop and think, wait which one is this?

The story is all about breaking the family curse that keeps Owens members from falling in love, which is something I’m sure everyone who knows the story has been waiting to see if it’s possible or not. So many have tried before and failed. One of Sally’s daughters finds herself in a race against time to save her boyfriend’s life due to the curse. It takes her across the pond and she meets some very interesting and unique characters and villain. Sally meets another new and interesting man. To me, this relationship always felt a little off, like it never really would happen but it didn’t hinder the story at all.

If you’ve read the other books in the Practical Magic series then you HAVE to read this one. It wraps the story up nicely. I love Alice Hoffman’s writing.

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