Oh my my... tears tears and loads more tears. So many tears that I'm dehydrated from shedding them all. There were happy tears and sad ones, expectant tears and regretful ones. There were tears for the appreciation of this works' beauty, tears of grief, tears of apprehension and tears for when the book was over. So many tears and not a single drop would I have traded for the comfort of another book.
I loved it. Yup, I loved it and I can't help but shout "I LOVED IT"!!
What, you may ask, is all the praise about? Well, The Rules of Magic is about more than just quirky witches... it showcases Love and Corage and Grief and being true to oneself. It embodies so much more than the synopsis can convey and definitely more than this mini review can impart but it is worth trying so here we go.
Do you know what?? No lie, this read captivated me from the very first page. There was never a moment where I felt the nagging responsibility of just having to get through the read. It helped that it checked off each and every box and then went over them in bold! How did those boxes fair? Well, the World Building was solid. The characters? Sublime! The writing? Subtly deep and nurturing and evocative without feeling too floofy (just roll with it like it's a thing) or full of itself. The writing was melodic yet not flowery. It stated things clearly as not to be mistaken but in a way as to not be ignored. The imagery was sharp and crisp and at times poetic and it never shied away from the pains of living and losing and feeling every inch of Life. The descriptions of herbs and other mystical bits and bobbles, needed for spells or just for enjoyment, were incredibly lush and redolent. I felt like I could smell the organic ingredients emanating from the screen and wafting all around me...is was surreal! Then there were the amazing bonds between the characters...most notably, lovably enviable were the bonds between the siblings... it was sweet and dare I say Magical.
This book is great for any occasion and any location. I read it in bed, in the car line waiting to pick my little one up from elementary school, at the dentist's office, the post office's parking lot and home all over the house. I ignored chores, hobbies and loved ones. It was a lifeline to a world I never wanted to leave... ever!!
Like most of you, I have a scary amount of books vying for my Next Read that it feels both daunting and exciting at the same time BUT all I feel right this very second is a desire to lay in bed, cradle my ereader, and daydream. Already there's an empty spot where this book once resided because it was such a huge part of my world for a brief moment in time. To be honest, I feel a little adrift having to move on but the fact that it will share shelf space with my all time favorite reads makes the hurt sting a little less.
SO, if you are the least bit interested by the sound of this book YOU MUST READ IT!!! You will not be sorry... just get ready to be punched in the Feels... repeatedly... and enjoy it!