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

Hi guys! How is everyone doing? I have been busy trying to get everything in order. Trying to plan out holidays, blog schedules, reading schedules and work schedules. Wuph! BUT, I am a determined girl that wants to get it all to work out. Let’s get into the review I have for you guys today, shall we?

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel

Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel

A.W. Jantha

Pages: 521

Format: audiobook

Genre(s): YA, Paranormal Fantasy

Publication Date: July 10, 2019

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.

  • Dani and Binx (cat version) – Listening to Dani and Binx’s relationship again was amazing. I loved their relationship since my first time watching the movie, and I have loved it ever since.
  • Part One – Honestly, I haven’t watched this movie in YEARS, and I thought it was pretty well adapted into a book. It was quick, fast paced and definitely more of my speed.
  • The writing – The writing during Part Two was very off. I can’t quite put a finger on what was wrong, but something was not right.
  • The audiobook narrator – I feel like I have heard this narrator before but it just did not work for me. She made female characters sound male, and male characters sound female. It was a mess!
  • Originality? – I felt like the author just took everything in Part One and switched it. Instead of a cat, it’s now a dog. Instead of Allison, it’s now Allison’s daughter. Instead of a heterosexual romance, let’s make it a homosexual romance JUST TO MAKE THE BOOK SEEM IT’S OWN. I loved the LGBTQ+ rep in Part Two, but it just made it seem like the author was trying to switch everything to make it seem more of her own book…. yet in reality it wasn’t. It was like the same story.
  • The singing…. like seriously? – Okay why did we need this. Why did we need song to be literally written within the book.. it was cringey listening to it on audiobook let me tell ya.


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Halloween Book Tag

Hi everyone! As we near Halloween I really wanted to do a Halloween book tag for you all! I found this one that was circling around in 2015, and I liked the questions enough to bring it back into the light. Thanks Michelle for creating this tag! Let’s jump right in to it!

(1) Favorite Scary Must-Read for Halloween?

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I don’t read many scary books honestly so this was a tough question… I guess the one scary book I read that I would recommend people try would be Wilder Girls by Rory Power. It definitely freaked me out while reading and if you like horror, definitely try this one out.

(2) Scariest Book Cover

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Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz has one of the scariest covers I have ever seen… and the most messed up part about it??? It’s a children’s book series…. like what??

(3) If you could go Trick-Or-Treating with any author, who would you go with?

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I feel like it only makes sense to take my favorite mystery/thriller authors out trick-or-treating with me. I would ask her all sorts of questions about where she gets the ideas for her stories, her writing techniques, all while collecting candy. Sounds like a fun night in my eyes.

(4) If you could dress up as any bookish character for Halloween, who would you be?

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Scarlet from Caraval is who I would pick! With her mood changing dress, and her sense of style, I would love to dress up as her for Halloween.

(5) If you could find anything (from any book) in your trick-or-treat stash, what would you hope it would be?

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Of course, I would love to have Harry Potter’s cloak dropped into my treat bag. Because simply.. who wouldn’t??

(6) In what fictional world would you like to go trick-or-treating?

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I’m definitely going to want to Trick-or-Treat in Caraval! Collect candy while also meeting a couple of people who could either trick me, or treat me.

(7) What book villain would you like to not meet in a dark alley on Halloween?

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The mother from Coraline! Oh my god I’m absolutely terrified of her! I mean look at her! Who would want to meet her in a dark alley on Halloween? Literally no one!

(8) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

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Honestly this is a tough question. I don’t like blood, so no vampire, definitely not a zombie, and I’ve never read the shadowhunter series so I guess we’re going with werewolf!

(9) Pick a candy from Harry Potter that you would love to find in your stash?

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Helllooooo, chocolate frog all the way! I can’t wait to get one when I finally visit Harry Potter world.

(10) What is your favorite Halloween candy?

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My favorite candy in general of course, but when I get these in my Halloween bag, mmmm yes!

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Ranking Mystery/Thriller Book’s I’ve Read

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying my spooky October themed blog this month. I wanted to talk about some of the mystery/thriller books I’ve read but I didn’t just want to make another favorites post. So today, I’m ranking them from the good to the okay and then to the bad. I would love it if you guys would share in the comments if you have ever read any of these that im listing, and maybe you could create your own ranks below!


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(10) #murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

This is definitely a thriller in my eyes, but it was just poor. I remember being super excited about it last year and once I read it I was just… disappointed.

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(9) Sadie by Courtney Summers

Hi! Unpopular opinion queen here again! I did not care for this at all. I heard so much hype about it that when I actually read it, I was so disappointed.


Wilder Girls

(8) Wilder Girls by Rory Power

It was like the category describes… it was okay.

This Is Where It Ends

(7) This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

A Stranger in the House

(6) A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

I know I know, a Shari Lapena book in the okay category?! This book was just a little too lackluster for me.

Gone Girl

(5) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


The Perfect Son

(4) The Perfect Son by Lauren North

My Lovely Wife

(3) My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

I’m sorry but if you’re into mystery/thriller’s and you haven’t read this book… you need to fix that ASAP!

The Couple Next Door

(2) The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest

(1) An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Yes… #1. I mean are we surprised its a Lapena book? No. I LOVEEEEE the and then there were none trope/trend. It get’s me everytime.

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