Review: Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel – A.W. Jantha

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

Publisher: Freeform (July 10, 2018)

Print Length: 521 pages

Audiobook Length: Eileen Stevens

Narrator: 11 hrs and 28 mins

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

The Review 

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel is a retelling of the Halloween cult classic movie, Hocus Pocus, and a sequel that follows old friends and new acquaintances. 

I figured it was best to break this review up into two sections. The first is going to focus on the novelization of the 1993 movie. Though, if I am being honest, there isn’t much to say. It sticks pretty close to the screenplay, while also being able to add a few bits here and there to add to the charm of characters such as Max, Dani, and Allison. It also divulges more into the Sanderson sisters and their relations to one another which was nice to see in context with the otherwise clear cut novelization of the movie. 

However, my issue with this novel, and therefore the reason for my low rating is in regards to the ‘sequel.’ The plot was uncomplicated, borrowing much of what it spat out from the movie and novelization it followed. The characters were equally uninspired, and even the appearances of Max, Dani, and Allison felt flat and out of place. I also could not stand the main protagonist, Poppy. Unlike Max and Dani in Hocus Pocus, she held a woe is me attitude for the duration of the sequel and relied on everyone else to fix her mistakes, rather than learning and evolving from her errors.

If you are a fan of the movie, I would highly suggest passing on this book. It is not worth your time, which could be better spent watch the film we all fell in love with.  

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha. Have any retellings you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.


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