50 Books in a Year · Book Reviews

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman


Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Books
Date of Release: August 1, 2003
Pages and Format: 304 pages; eBook.
My Rating:
2 Stars

I wish, really wish, that I could say that I enjoyed this book. But this is one of those rare times where the movie was actually better than the book.

“For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well; as children, the sisters were outsiders. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, but all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back-almost as if by magic…”

From the synopsis, it almost seems like it is going to promise this rich, fulfilling book that reaches amazing heights. However, it didn’t really do that.
While Alice Hoffman is great at creating an atmosphere with great descriptions that are almost poetic, her characters were hugely lacking. In fact, it doesn’t begin to pick up until near the end. All of the characters seem to kind of reveal themselves at the last point like “surprise, we have personalities!”

The movie, however, is all encompassingly beautiful. The scenery in where it takes place, the actors who were chosen to portray their respective characters. Sandra Bullock gives life to Sally and Nicole Kidman makes Gillian look like fun. The Aunts, played by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest; there is no missing how spirited and spunky these two sisters are. Plus, Goran Visnjic as Jimmy Angelov; who is creepy yet hot at the same time!
large Ahhh! Yes!

It’s just too bad that this fell so flat for me. However, it won’t deter me from reading more from Alice Hoffman. Who knows, maybe it is because Practical Magic is one of my favourite movies but there is more out there to be read!

*This was one of my own “to be read” books.

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