Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
“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.” ~ Description from Goodreads
Hocus Pocus is a tradition for me. When I was a kid, up to this day, I have ALWAYS watched Hocus Pocus on October 1st and then again on October 31st after trick or treating. Yes, I do still go trick or treating thanks to my tiny humans. I was SUPER excited when this book released. I bought it right away and it has been sitting on my shelf for a LONG time just waiting for October to come…..
This was a really cool book. It is written in two parts. Part one being Hocus Pocus obviously and part two being the sequel. Part one was the original story and followed the movie almost EXACT! I actually might have liked it better because you got to see what the characters were thinking which is something the movie can’t deliver unless the character was talking. (But then again, this is why the books are always better right?). Aside from the extra thought detail, if you have watched the movie, you have read part one.
Part two had its pros and cons. I liked the plot and story line. I liked most of the new characters. The Sanderson sisters using a cell phone in 2018 is believable. The Roomba/Swiffer part I’ll pass on. I loved seeing Binx and Emily again but they kind of didn’t seem like themselves. The last “battle” was a little drawn out in my opinion but not terrible. I liked that we got to find out what happened to the bullies Jay and Ernie, *cough* I mean Ice, after Max left them in the cages!
Oh boy! Talk about a cliffhanger! The very last part of this book was awesome and I really need to know what that was all about! I’ll be keeping an eye out for the “All-New-New” sequel. These last couple of pages make the whole book worth it!
I saw that some people were asking if this book was LGBT+ and I can CONFIRM that it is (when you reach part two).
Overall, I am going to go ahead and give this 4 out of 5 stars. Hocus Pocus will always be near and dear to my heart.
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