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

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel

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 t...

Details Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel

TitleHocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Holiday, Halloween, Fiction, Paranormal, Witches

Reviews Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel

  • TheYALibrarian
    ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewRating 2.5 StarsFirst off I have to say Hocus Pocus was my childhood so I'm going to be a bit biased in my review instead of judging it like any other book. I just can't help it when you really expected something to be good and be true to the characters and the story but it just falls flat in the end...I went into this "sequel" thinking we would get to finally see the charact...
  • Amelia Sandoval
    Being a 90’s kid, the story of Hocus Pocus has been a favorite of mine. I completely devoured this book from beginning to end and I loved the retelling of the original film. It gave readers a more in depth detail of the original story and first person point of view. And I enjoyed the small details from the movie that were included in the retelling story. I thought the sequel was great! With the majority of the original characters returning 25 y...
  • Kylie
    This is a low 3.5 stars for me.The retelling of the movie was very accurate, but it just didn’t have the same feel as the movie. There was a little bit of extra information which was fun.The sequel, in my opinion, felt like it was trying too hard. Too many things from today (instagram, Twitter etc) were added in and it seemed so forced. Max and Allison didn’t act like I thought they would when they were grown up. I feel like parts of it were ...
  • andrea caro
    This was two books in one. The first was a novelization of the 1993 film Hocus Pocus. The second is a bit longer, taking place 25 years after the first film was set and following Max and Allison's 17 year old daughter, Poppy.The novelization of the film is exactly what it says on the tin - there are minor additions in it to set up the sequel, but you're still getting the exact same plot, the exact same characters, the exact same dialogue, the exa...
  • Brenda Ayala
    The novelization of Hocus Pocus is exactly what you’d expect, no surprise there.The sequel is.....cute. It’s a trio of characters again, it’s the Dennison kid trying to impress their crush again, it’s an animal transformation again. Much of it was recycled into newer forms, but not necessarily better. I found Poppy a bit insufferable and Isabella’s convenient appearance annoying, even if I liked their blooming romance. The rest gets a b...
  • Jana | BookishWiccan
    I can't even handle this book, and I ESPECIALLY cannot handle the ending. It's just a bunch of hocus pocus, and I absolutely adored it. Stay tuned into my blog for an upcoming review!
  • Ashley
    You know those TV shows that continue past their prime and loyal viewers want to pretend the last few seasons never happened because it destroys the magic of the earlier seasons? That's what this book is. I love Hocus Pocus and watch it every Halloween, but this book almost ruins it for me. Just a warning before you read further. I'm ranting here, so there may be some mild spoilers.The first third or so is just the movie in novel form. It's done ...
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    2.5 stars Sigh. I wanted to love this so much. I've always loved the the Hocus Pocus movie and was excited to be back in that world with a new familiar faces. I didn't really pay attention to the blurb heading in so I didn't realize the first like 1/3 of the novel would basically be Hocus Pocus, in book form. It's extremely accurate to the movie and was fun to read. Could it have dived deeper into the plot and characters? Perhaps but obviously it...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "You know, I always wanted a child, and now I think I’ll have one. On toast!"The retelling of the original film was fantastic. It made me want to dust off the old VHS player and watch the film. I know that the sequel is going to be a big deal but I don't think it'll hit it's dedicated fans like they are thinking it will. It was fun seeing where the original cast of characters are now and what they have been doing with themselves but there was j...
  • chelsea
    This cult classic Retelling and all new sequel was simply spell binding. The refresher was a nostalgic Throwback and homage to a classic Halloween movie I hold dear to my heart ; and the sequel is something I've been waiting for, for well over 20 years!I absolutely loved all the references to the movie that the sequel had (Peter Pan, Dani, etc). It was honestly everything I could have wished for and more. This was an amazing tribute to my childho...
  • Jennie Damron
    3.5 rating. I love Hocus Pocus. It's my favorite Halloween movie and I just adore Bette Midler as Winnifred Sanderson. I was so excited to read this book. I liked that the author stayed true to the movie and the characters. The sequel left me wanting more. The writing was mediocre and the story was missing something. I don't know but the charm in the movie was not reflected in this book. The magic just wasn't there which is sad considering the bo...
  • Caitlin Bronson
    A mess, a mess, a mess!Oh my. How I've longed for and dreaded this day."Hocus Pocus" is such a lightning-in-a-bottle film. Like other cult movies, it was panned on release but managed to gain a wide base of loyal fans...including me! I can't think of another film that manages to capture the joy of the holiday quite as well: the beautiful aesthetic; the nostalgia; the barely restrained sense of adventure; and the big, over-the-top goofiness that's...
  • Tara Weiss
    Trying not to let childhood nostalgia get in the way of a fair review, but it is hard. So hard. The wickedly wonderful Sanderson sisters are back with continued antics. And it's fun, without feeling that scared feeling of nighttime in a cemetery with ghosts and spell books and witches and zombies. There is adventure and family history dredged up, or unearthed, which leads to secrets and finding out the truth about your parents. So, there are some...
  • Brittany Young
    Nostalgic! I loved reading through the actual movie of Hocus Pocus with small details added in that connect the first with the sequel. I won’t go too deep into this as I really don’t want to spoil the beauty within this book. Max is now the history teacher, the one that teaches once a year about the Sanderson sisters! Allison works at a law firm and somehow, that jerk Jay is the principal. Max and Allison have a daughter and now live in that ...
  • Susy Rogers
    Let me just start by saying, Hocus Pocus is my favorite movie of all time. That being said, I had super low expectations for this book, but was still super excited for it. The first 200 pages was a retelling of the original movie, and it was painful. When you try to turn a classic movie into a book, it’s just awkward. I especially wasn’t a fan of this author’s writing style. The second half was a brand new story stemming off of the original...
  • Tiffany
    Delightful! I enjoyed I enjoyed the added inner dialogue included in the original, because that always adds to a great story and is the best part of a book that often gets lost in a movie. The sequel added a wonderful addition to one of my favorite (seriously, I still watch the movie every Halloween) movies. Reading about how Dani, Max, Alliso , Binx, and Emily continued on and reading about a new generation of Salem teenagers gets into more trou...
  • Samantha
    Okay so - part one - basically identical to the movie we all know and love. A few KEY details added to the book (that weren’t in the movie - ex. There’s a 4th Sanderson sister named Elizabeth) Forward to 2018 - we are introduced to Poppy Dennison who, quite obviously, is the daughter of our beloved Max and Allison. Look I don’t want to get into all the details of the second half of this book but I couldn’t put it down. It was amazing. It ...
  • KayCee K
    3.5 StarsI grew up with this movie so I'm going to do my best to not let nostalgia play to big of a part in this review. I enjoyed taking it in, in a different format. It’s a classic, so you can’t go wrong with it. I’m not going to talk about the first half as it’s just the original movie and doesn’t feel I need to say anything other than it’s such a fun read! Now part two, the sequel!! I was over the moon happy when I saw this and I ...
  • Preston
    Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel brings to life the love and magic of the original Hocus Pocus while adding some small details that lead into the sequel. The sequel presents what happens when Max and Allison’s daughter unleashed the Sanderson Sisters with all of the fun that was in original while adding a new twist to it. There was however one spot that may of been a typo where a new characters name is introduced yet is no where in the story an...
  • John Amory
    The sequel took me a little bit to get into, but once it takes off, it's pure nostalgic fun through to the end.The author did some things that I found annoying, like taking the famous "amok, amok amok!" line from the original film and having Sarah repeat words like that throughout the second story (enough, afoot, etc), and typing out full musical numbers, with lyrics, which are seriously dull on the page; and if I had to read one more bad pun sub...
  • Liz
    Fun!!! Can't take it too seriously, tho, or else it falls apart (there's an actual musical scene that reads like fanfic.) First third of the book is a retelling of the movie and unnecessary, you can skip it just fine and whittle it down to 300 pages (the retelling is kinda awful but the modern day story is much better.) Super cute F/F pairing & diverse. Leaves it open for another book! Felt very much in the spirit of the movie.If you think the bo...
  • Lana B
    Both the novelization of the movie and the sequel were like hugging dear old friends. The beginning was a well done retelling in a new form, and the new story was a welcome return to a familiar world with some nicely placed updates. It perfectly built on the blocks of my nostalgia, and I loved it.