I was excited when I found out The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman was the prequel to Practical Magic, so much so I moved this book to the top of my TBR list. I wanted to know all about the eccentric aunts and their love stories, including that of their brother.
I’m sorry to say this, but this was a depressing read. Some say it’s nostalgic, I think it’s depressing. My favorite characters were Jet and April. Jet, because of her sensibility and how she follows her heart despite the curse that’s haunted their family. April, because of her carefree, devil may care ways. I wish there would’ve been more of April and her daughter Regina in the book as they are key to Sallie and Gillian in Practical Magic, but oh well.
Vincent is one confused teenager when he’s first introduced in the book, and who comes across as too mature for his age. There were a few things, considering his age, that I thought were wrong–I won’t talk about them here because I’d spoil the book. Given the multiple warnings mentioned throughout the book about practicing magic and using the spells in The Magus, I kept waiting for something extraordinarily bad to happen to him. Don’t take me wrong, something does happen, but it isn’t anything close to what the story led me to believe. As a reader, I didn’t feel I got to know Vincent. He is present throughout the story but not really there.
Then, there is Franny. She is the most unlikable person. Ugh. I did not like her one bit. She’s so caught up with the curse that she prefers to be miserable rather than love and be happy. She loves Haylin, though she never says it aloud and her push and pull of him drove me nuts. I understood why she did it, but it got to a point where I wanted to throw my kindle to the wall. I wanted her to make up her mind, throw caution to the wind and just love him the way he deserved. Though she loves Haylin, her actions toward him make her a selfish bitch. She’s cold toward others–even with Regina, her niece, the only time there’s a glimpse of warmth from her is whenever she is with Haylin. Even in her old age, she is a rude old lady. At least to me.
And, whatever happens to Rafael? I really liked his character.
Last, I’m still wondering just how old are Franny and Jet by the time Sallie and Gillian meet them? I’ll leave you with that thought and if you read the book, then you’ll know what I mean.