Friday, October 5, 2018

REVIEW: Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha - Erin

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Hocus Pocus & The All New SequelHocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
by A.W. Jantha
Hardcover, 560 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Freeform
ISBN13: 9781368020039

Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.

Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity.

Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison's seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don't quite go as planned, it's a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches' latest death-defying scheme. (Goodreads)


“Another Glorious Morning! It Makes Me Sick!”
I was so excited to have a chance and read this book ahead of time. I’m a huge Hocus Pocus fan and have been waiting for more to the story since the original movie came out in the 90’s! I wasn’t to disappointed in this retelling and sequel. The first half of the book is the original story/movie only there are little “clues” added in that lead to the second half of the book which is the sequel. It was fun to get to read the original story and picture the movie in my head as I was going. I give the author props for doing a good job with the retelling. 

The sequel was not as good as the original, but that’s ok because I never expected it to be. It was still cute and funny. All of our favorite characters from the original are back in the second, including Binx! There are new characters that are introduced including a long lost sister and the Sanderson Mother! There are obvious twists and we know the kids will save the day again but that’s not really the point of the story anyway. It’s a story about family, friendship, and trust. On all those points it hits the mark. The sequel does end with a cliffhanger that definitely left me wanting more! I really hope they do another book. While the original was a great movie, I think that the sequel would be better suited as a Disney Channel movie. That’s not saying it’s not good, it just has more of that kind of vibe. Readers young and old who are a fan of the original movie will enjoy this read. Younger new readers might question what a virgin is so parents be prepared to field that question. 

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