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Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel

By: Disney Press,A. W. Jantha
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
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Publisher's Summary

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 25th 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 17-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 vile scheme.

©2018 Disney Press and A. W. Jantha (P)2018 Disney

Featured Article: Listen Before You Watch—The Biggest Page-to-Screen Adaptations in Fall/Winter 2022


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These characters deserved SO much more!

I could write my own book about how bad this sequel is. I had the audio book, which only made it more bland and painful.
The first book is simply a written version of the movie script. The narrator lost me when she made Winnie sound more like an anal soccer mom than a witch with her terrible, sing-song-y rendition. I had to stop listening and go to the sequel even before Max summoned the Burning Rain Of Death.
This sequel, with its overly blatant moral high ground would have been better suited for a Disney Channel “best-friend-high-school-movie special.”
Too much focus on the teenage angst and love interest. However, I very much appreciate the fact that the author DIDN’T make a big deal about the main character being gay. Her crush was just her crush, as it should be, so BRAVO.
The witches were basically non-existent. They weren’t mean, or conniving or even entertaining.
The story felt forced.
They waaaaaay over used our favorite parts of the original and failed miserably at trying to make them work.
Sarah’s only presence in the story was to repeat words three times.
A sad attempt at creating a crappy sub-plot for Mary just trails of into nothingness only after being annoying for several paragraphs too long.
Winnifred’s mother was neither evil or powerful. She was a complete joke.
And stop trying to make us feel guilty for being happy about Jay getting left in the cage in 1993. He got what he deserved damn it!!! #teammaxforever
It’s all just tooo saccharine and politically correct. EVERYONE makes up. Everyone decides to be friends. And EVERYONE apologizes for things that aren’t even their fault!
I wish I could give this less than one star.
The BEST part of the entire book was the last few minutes of the last chapter.
I wish they had written THAT story!!!!! It would have been sooooo much better.
For the love of all things Holy, PLEASE don’t let them make THIS into a movie!!!

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Starts off interesting, Dies Quickly

When it started i really thought this would be a "fresh take" on the movie. I thought, given how much the opening was revised, we were going to get a good novelization that would actually delve into the characters and add dimension. (They best novelization I've ever read of a movie THE ABYSS by Orson Scott Card, did all this and the cast was actually given the first 3 chapters to give their characters depth and backstory) But it did none of this.
Emily is still little more than a Redshirt who dies to prove the situation is serious, Thackery (played wonderfully by the two actors In the film) who has a lot of pathos and inner monologue that could have been expressed (and is not), is under used.
We don't get to know Allison or Dani much better, and while we do get more inside the mind of Max, it's mostly "Duuuuuuah-hah Allison Pretty me likey, do dumb things to impress her," which some how known only to movies and badly written books actually works.
Winnifred and Sisters are given a *little* more depth through the device of "Mother" and "Elizabeth" but since this is mostly sequel setup it falls flat.
While the sequel has some interesting ideas it's hardly worthy of the original nor a very good plot, though the ending scene at the lighthouse is pretty interesting.
The "love story" element of the sequel should not have even been a thing since it made very little difference ultimately. Deep friendship does not have to involve romantic love and shouldn't have in this case, especially since it just because ANOTHER element rehashed from the first (movie) part.
It sets up a 3rd story but my guess is that we will never see it (unless its a contract thing) Because the fans will reject this "sequel".
The narrator is Okay and certainly listenable, but is pretty much just reading and not acting, giving the characters (especially the witches) their due.
If you are a superfan of this movie (which I would consider myself) you might enjoy it and a little "fan fiction" for the follow up, but ultimately this falls flat and isn't worth the time. Skip it.

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Great narrator

The narrator was great, however the story was repetitive to the original. So I found the sequel rather boring. So many repeated quotes. Almost the same story line with small changes.

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very cringey!

this book is a disgrace to Hocus Pocus name! under the disguise of the Hocus Pocus title the first book brings you to the movie that we all know and love. instead of wasting 8 hours of your life with this audio I suggest you just go turn on the subtitles and watch the movie! it is scene-by-scene almost word by word exactly how plays out in the movie. with about four different details of inner thought buy some of the witches. not revealing anything! it makes the first 8 hours very robotic as you are just wishing you had turned on the movie. which all gets explained in the second book, realizing that they never wanted to make the first book but had to to get the sales. because the lesbian witch fantasy book they wanted to make wouldn't have sold the damn copy! the sequel was boring, unoriginal, and copied many of the events from the first movie. the main character is just as closeted lesbian girl who doesn't appreciate anybody or care about anybody but herself and her interest. it doesn't surprise me at all that this has not become a movie already. I feel sorry for those who love this book because it's just proof that this generation has no imagination and fantasy!

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Too many sexual overtones

neat story, lots of potential but too much sex ruined the story. Listened to it with my daughter and found the sex to be too much.

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Disappointed

When I put in one star, Audible wouldn't let me leave a review. When I changed the stars to five, I was allowed to leave a review. Interesting. Fortunately, I was able to write my review and then change the stars back to one. (Censoring?) I was not happy with this book nor with the sequel. I would prefer to have it taken off my bookshelf - which I will contact support about when I'm finished here.

I would not have wasted a credit on this book had more information been included in the description or the tags. I would have found something more to my liking and would have probably left a favorable review on another book.

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Narrator ruins it

The narrator is sort of annoying, and is so flat toned it makes it boring she would be better for another book but not this one. It ruined it. I couldn’t even finish it. She made it so boring and hocus pocus is my all time FAVORITE movie! Really disappointed . Wish I would have returned the book.

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Grest story, terrible Narration

I was hesitant on the sequel based on other reviews. But I really enjoyed it! The narrator was awful. Her voice just did not suit this story. Maybe I could be redone with Bette Midler narrating it.

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hot PC garbage

So the first half was a novelization of the film we all know and love, and thats why this has 2 stars and not 0. That part was enjoyable. Now the sequel on the other hand was a pile of hot garbage. The story was stitched together and predictable. There was no suspense and it seemed everyone was ok in bad situations. (according to this book hell isnt that bad of a place?) There was also this awkward ..umm..musical note? idk it was wierd and was not well placed. Also the worst part was it was classic modern day P.C. bull****. Now i dont mind the whole gay inter racial love spin. Honest. But i know they only did it cause its the modern day propaganda liberal push and its getting old and annoying. They didnt do it for the story or cause they care. But hey, what else do you expect from disney and freeform.

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it's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus

I love it. I grew up with the original story. it's my favourite movie of the season.

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