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10/10/17–Today’s New Releases-The Rules of Magic & Adelaide the Enchantress–Book Review

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In Case You Missed These New Releases-Here Are The Links

 

Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman-5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/19/the-rules-of-magic-by-alice-hoffman-book-review-5-stars

Adelaide the Enchantress by Kay Hooper -3 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/28/adelaide-the-enchantress-by-kay-hooper-book-review

 

 

 

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman–Book Review-5 Stars

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Don’t Miss Alice Hoffman’s Newest Exciting Novel, The Rules of Magic!

I loved it!   Release Date–10/10/17

 

The Rules of Magic is a fascinating novel, superbly written and thoroughly satisfying. Alice Hoffman is a talented writer and an author who is fast becoming one of my favorites.

The Owens family has lived on Magnolia Street in a small Massachusetts town since 1620. Most of the family had scattered, though, during the time of the witch hunts. Some went to Paris, others to New York, but Aunt Isabelle stayed in her home, on Magnolia Street. People shunned her and any family member who dared to visit her. Aunt Isabelle was known for her strange powers and potions. It was even rumored that she turned a person into a rabbit. But, these same people who hid from Aunt Isabelle during the day came around to her back porch at night. They sought her out for cures for physical and emotional ailments. They have even been known to ask for potions to manipulate other people.

The Owens family believed that they had been cursed, ever since, Marie Owens was condemned to death in 1620 for loving the wrong man. The Owens family drew strength from one another, to survive a world, where they were not wanted. The family is made up of a unique group of characters, all quirky, independent, and wildly entertaining. Aunt Isabelle, Franny, Jet, and Vincent bring the reader deep into their hearts and lives and keep them there until the last page is read. The message that runs throughout this book is, to be who you are, regardless of what others think. Have the courage to live, love and be happy.

This thought-provoking novel will linger with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s a book worth reading and rereading.

Thank you, Simon and Schuster and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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*FAITHFUL* by Alice Hoffman*5-Stars*

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Faithful is a remarkably well-written, complex character-driven novel. Right from the start, the reader is brought intimately into the heart and mind of a troubled teen, suffering from survivor guilt.

Shelby and Helene were the best of friends. They were inseparable until one night when Shelby’s car spun out of control, and Helene ended up in a coma. After a brief psychiatric hospitalization, seventeen-year-old Shelby shaved her head, isolated in the basement, smoked pot, and basically, gave up on life.

Although Shelby did her best to keep people at arm’s length, she was amazed to find, that they were still, drawn to her. She hated herself and often came across as a tough street girl, someone not to be messed with. Shelby had a kind heart; however, and a soft spot for abused animals and homeless people. She would go out of her way to help them. Someone was placing artistic postcards with encouraging messages in her mailbox. She called this mysterious someone, her angel. Shelby does eventually find her way in the world, but not before she nearly destroys herself in the process.

Each page is filled, with raw emotion, realistic dialogue, and flawed characters. Although this book can be intensely depressing at times, I found it to be also inspirational. There is a lot of hope; unconditional love and touching moments sprinkled throughout the dark pages of this book. Faithful is a story about penance, redemption, and unconditional love. It is also unforgettable.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover