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

Crushed on by Christy Jane, on October 24, 2018, in Reviews / 6 Comments

Reasons to Read: Hocus Pocus & the All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the movie release of Hocus Pocus, so this year Freeform books released a novelization of the movie that segued into a fun sequel set 25 years later! Both Kelly and I are huge fans of the movie, and finding out there is a fun & diverse sequel in book form is the best thing! So check out my reasons to read Hocus Pocus & the All New Sequel!

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

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel

by A.W. Jantha
Published by: Freeform
on July 10, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal

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.



Why Fans of Hocus Pocus (the movie) will Love the Book Adaptation and It’s Sequel (even more!)

  1. Call back to 1993 – I was a little nervous that they would update the original story to our timeline but no, it’s held in all it’s 1993 glory. Brought it right back to my childhood!
  2. More time with the sisters – Come on, they didn’t make Funko Pops of Max in this story. We all know Hocus Pocus is all about the SANDERSON sisters! And in the sequel we get even more of them…in several ways.
  3. Updated story for 2018 – A story from 1993 is still a story from 1993. In the sequel, we meet Poppy, daughter of Max and Allison, and the girl she falls in love with ;).
  4. Multiple age group appeal – This book can be read with and by pretty much anyone who enjoyed the original movie.



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6 responses to “Review: Hocus Pocus & the All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

  1. Tammy V

    Hocus Pocus is a family favorite that we watch year round. Haven’t read this one yet. Was scared too because I didn’t want to get disappointed.

  2. John Smith

    Bette Midler was such a hoot in the movie, so I’d definitely be curious to check this out!

  3. Jenefer

    Did you watch the Hocus Pocus Halloween Special? I’m excited to read this even though I’ve heard mixed reviews!

  4. Lana (pineapplegirl123)

    The movie came out before my time and actually I never got around to watching it when I was young or even now (I know I know y’all hate me now :P) but this is such an interesting idea to make a book so many years later! 🙂

  5. Danielle Hammelef

    I think I must be one of the few that missed out on the first movie. This sounds like a great one to watch to catch up with else.