Hocus Pocus & the Sequel by A.W. Jantha

Rating: ★★★★★

Hocus Pocus is my all-time favorite movie so I literally squealed with delight when I realized that it was coming in book form! And it didn’t disappoint, it was everything I thought it would be and more!

From the very first page of Part One, it was like watching the movie inside my head while I was reading, with all the nostalgia of being younger and watching the film for the first time. Part Two was amazing at expanding the universe in which these stories are set. The legend of the Sanderson sisters reaches new heights in the most unexpected and satisfying ways, while their histories and unexpected relationships with characters old and new really increase the greatness of them and their world; I love how it ties together three different timelines and brings them together in the two parts. It was really good how Jantha brought social media and modern communication into the story, making it more delightful and updated for younger readers, the same can be said for the romantic plotline of the story as it acknowledges the original story-line while also adding a wonderful and diverse update.

Of course, you still have the many classic and funny themes that we know and love from the original Hocus Pocus including my personal favorite of Sarah dancing around, singing random words over and over again. AMUK! AMUK! AMUK!

Jantha has been so successful in the telling of both the original and new tale that this book is such an absorbing read, especially with the added possibility of more new novels joining the Hocus Pocus series. I can’t wait for the next adventure of the Sanderson Sister and Billy Butcherson.

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