Book Review: Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

Hi guys! How is everyone doing? I have been busy trying to get everything in order. Trying to plan out holidays, blog schedules, reading schedules and work schedules. Wuph! BUT, I am a determined girl that wants to get it all to work out. Let’s get into the review I have for you guys today, shall we?


Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel

Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel

A.W. Jantha

Pages: 521

Format: audiobook

Genre(s): YA, Paranormal Fantasy

Publication Date: July 10, 2019

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.

  • Dani and Binx (cat version) – Listening to Dani and Binx’s relationship again was amazing. I loved their relationship since my first time watching the movie, and I have loved it ever since.
  • Part One – Honestly, I haven’t watched this movie in YEARS, and I thought it was pretty well adapted into a book. It was quick, fast paced and definitely more of my speed.
  • The writing – The writing during Part Two was very off. I can’t quite put a finger on what was wrong, but something was not right.
  • The audiobook narrator – I feel like I have heard this narrator before but it just did not work for me. She made female characters sound male, and male characters sound female. It was a mess!
  • Originality? – I felt like the author just took everything in Part One and switched it. Instead of a cat, it’s now a dog. Instead of Allison, it’s now Allison’s daughter. Instead of a heterosexual romance, let’s make it a homosexual romance JUST TO MAKE THE BOOK SEEM IT’S OWN. I loved the LGBTQ+ rep in Part Two, but it just made it seem like the author was trying to switch everything to make it seem more of her own book…. yet in reality it wasn’t. It was like the same story.
  • The singing…. like seriously? – Okay why did we need this. Why did we need song to be literally written within the book.. it was cringey listening to it on audiobook let me tell ya.

⭐⭐/5


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