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ISBN13: 9780316154284
ISBN10: 0316154288
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Estrella is a Marrano: During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, she is one of a community of Spanish Jews living double lives as Catholics. And she is living in a house of secrets, raised by a family who practices underground the ancient and mysterious way of wisdom known as kabbalah. When Estrella discovers her family's true identity--and her family's secrets are made public--she confronts a world she's never imagined, where new love burns and where friendship ends in flame and ash, where trust is all but vanquished and betrayal has tragic and bitter consequences.

Infused with the rich context of history and faith, in her most profoundly moving work to date, Alice Hoffman's first historical novel is a transcendent journey of discovery and loss, rebirth and remembrance.

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 15 acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, from THE FORETELLING, GREEN ANGEL, and AQUAMARINE to THE ICE QUEEN, HERE ON EARTH (an Oprah's Book Club selection), and PRACTICAL MAGIC, which was made into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. INCANTATION is Hoffman's fifth young adult novel.

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RemyR, March 9, 2013 (view all comments by RemyR)
Incantation is one of those books that does NOT hook you in and pull you into the story. It was enjoyable, to an extent. I would say it was only okay. Being set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition, it gave you a really good description of what life was really like back then and I thought Alice Hoffman did a wonderful job in portraying that. Though, all through Incantation I felt like the author was hovering over my shoulder. There are those kind of books that you can almost feel the presence of the person that wrote the book. A good book will make you feel like the story is actually happening, but Incantation didn't do that. I would not recommend this book to anyone just looking for a book to read in their spare time, but I would recommend it for book groups. The author gave a lot of interesting things to talk about and the relationships between the characters provided conversation points. Another thing that bugged me about this book was that there was no sequel. The author ended this book so abruptly and left many, many, many loose ends that should have been tied up. This is one of my huge pet peeves in writing, when the author leaves you on this giant cliffhanger and either makes you wait a long, long time for the next book or just doesn't write one at all. It annoys me to no end. I mean, she could have at least written an epilogue or something so that we know that Estrella actually SURVIVES! It started off slow and confusing and ended with a huge 'what happens next!?!' Over all, I rate a two and a half to three stars and I wouldn't recommend you read it if you want an enjoyable book.
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RemyR, March 9, 2013 (view all comments by RemyR)
Incantation is one of those books that does NOT hook you in and pull you into the story. It was enjoyable, to an extent. I would say it was only okay. Being set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition, it gave you a really good description of what life was really like back then and I thought Alice Hoffman did a wonderful job in portraying that. Though, all through Incantation I felt like the author was hovering over my shoulder. There are those kind of books that you can almost feel the presence of the person that wrote the book. A good book will make you feel like the story is actually happening, but Incantation didn't do that. I would not recommend this book to anyone just looking for a book to read in their spare time, but I would recommend it for book groups. The author gave a lot of interesting things to talk about and the relationships between the characters provided conversation points. Another thing that bugged me about this book was that there was no sequel. The author ended this book so abruptly and left many, many, many loose ends that should have been tied up. This is one of my huge pet peeves in writing, when the author leaves you on this giant cliffhanger and either makes you wait a long, long time for the next book or just doesn't write one at all. It annoys me to no end. I mean, she could have at least written an epilogue or something so that we know that Estrella actually SURVIVES! It started off slow and confusing and ended with a huge 'what happens next!?!' Over all, I rate a two and a half to three stars and I wouldn't recommend you read it if you want an enjoyable book.
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RemyR, March 9, 2013 (view all comments by RemyR)
Incantation is one of those books that does NOT hook you in and pull you into the story. It was enjoyable, to an extent. I would say it was only okay. Being set in the time of the Spanish Inquisition, it gave you a really good description of what life was really like back then and I thought Alice Hoffman did a wonderful job in portraying that. Though, all through Incantation I felt like the author was hovering over my shoulder. There are those kind of books that you can almost feel the presence of the person that wrote the book. A good book will make you feel like the story is actually happening, but Incantation didn't do that. I would not recommend this book to anyone just looking for a book to read in their spare time, but I would recommend it for book groups. The author gave a lot of interesting things to talk about and the relationships between the characters provided conversation points. Another thing that bugged me about this book was that there was no sequel. The author ended this book so abruptly and left many, many, many loose ends that should have been tied up. This is one of my huge pet peeves in writing, when the author leaves you on this giant cliffhanger and either makes you wait a long, long time for the next book or just doesn't write one at all. It annoys me to no end. I mean, she could have at least written an epilogue or something so that we know that Estrella actually SURVIVES! It started off slow and confusing and ended with a huge 'what happens next!?!' Over all, I rate a two and a half to three stars and I wouldn't recommend you read it if you want an enjoyable book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316154284
Author:
Hoffman, Alice
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Prejudices
Subject:
Identification (religion)
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Spain
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.98x4.98x.65 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
12-22

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