Monday, October 29, 2018

My Thoughts: Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36244389-hocus-pocus-the-all-new-sequel
Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel
by A.W. Jantha

Publication Date: July 10th 2018
Publisher: Freeform
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781368020039
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Witches
Source: Publisher Collaboration

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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)


Hocus Pocus is one of my most favorite Halloween movies ever, so imagine my excitement when I discovered Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel! I have to say that I was super curious to see what would happen in this sequel, especially considering how the movie ended. Now that I’ve read the book, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the story!

I managed to get a copy of this book when it first released, but I opted to wait until this month, (October), to read it because I thought it would make a great Halloween read. (It did.) Reading this book definitely put me in the Halloween spirit, and brought back so many memories of all the hundreds of times I’ve watched the movie, which never gets old.

There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about this book. I love that the story and characters were familiar, yet new as well. The first 100 or so pages of the story are a recap of the movie, and I love that this was included, because even though I have watched the movie a million times, it was fun to be able to read it as a story as well. I feel like I picked up on a few things that I never really noticed in the movie by doing this. The second half of the book is the new story, and the storyline was fun and interesting, and I loved the diverse group of characters we meet throughout the story. There is a little bit of cliffhanger at the end of the book, which makes me wonder if there will be yet another sequel in the future. I want to say so much more, but I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone would like to read the book, so I will just say that if you’re super curious after reading my thoughts, do check out the book!

Overall; Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel was a really fun read, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to finally check it out! I hear there maybe be a movie sequel in the future, and I am super curious to know if the movie will follow this book. If so, I will most definitely watch it! Fans of the original Hocus Pocus movie, do check out this sequel, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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1 comment:

  1. OOh nice! I was debating about this one for awhile and now I think I want to read it! Although...I might hold off until next Halloween and work it into my reading queue then because as you said, it's a read meant for Halloween...for added enjoyment of course! Lol! Glad to hear it was a good one! Great review!

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