Yikes: Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman



2 disco balls

Published: October 10, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Purchase: Amazon  Audible eligible
BOTM: you can get the hardcover as a $9.99 add on

I listened to the audiobook rather than reading and did not like it at all. If you ask me the story was all over the place and utterly depressing.

The Owens children, Franny, Jet and Vincent Owen believe they are cursed to never be in love: and that if they do love another, their chosen loved ones would meet a doomed fate. They learn in their early teens that they are witches, a fact that their parents tried to shield them from. Each child leads a depressing life: whether if choosing courage or choosing caution, nothing seems to work in their favor.

The narrator, Marin Ireland, did a good job but I just couldn’t really get into the story. There are numerous plot lines and I feel some of the characters come and go without much development. As the depressing events keep happening, I kept listening for when the story would turn around…I never got that.

Maybe I would have had a different experience if I read the book versus an audiobook. It could have been the tone of the narrator, but I have a feeling I may have felt the same (although maybe not as strongly).

If I didn’t feel the need to ‘read’ most stories all the way through, it would have been a DNF for me: it came really close. Towards the end I felt it became background noise for me and I couldn’t wait for it to finish. I did hope my viewpoint would change with a great ending but nothing miraculous really happened.

Side note: I never saw Practical Magic and don’t think I needed too as the story is the Prequel.

I do not recommend this audiobook. If you read/listened to this book and have the same or different opinion let me know: I would love to hear from you!

14 thoughts on “Yikes: Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

  1. Great review, I haven’t read practical magic or any of this author’s work. However, I did watch Practical Magic the movie and loved it. I’m a Sandra Bullock fan, so maybe my opinion is a little biased, but you should watch the movie, it was good despite the reviews 🙂

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