Welcome back to Books & Brews!
Sorry for the delay of game over here – summer is crazy! Today is the first day of August and I cannot believe how fast this summer has flown by, but I am SO ready for Autumn! A bunch of stores are prepping for back to school and fall décor options are coming out and I am thinking of apples and pumpkins. To go with that theme, today’s review is Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha. Yes, you read that correctly. Hocus Pocus has a sequel in this book and it might be a Young Adult read but I adore the Hocus Pocus movie and needed to share this with all those in my generation who might also be obsessed.
Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
[Disclaimer: This book was received from Freeform and Disney Book Group in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.]
Halloween is probably my favorite holiday, I love being about to dress up and act a fool and then there is all the sugar that people give you for FREE. Well, at least they used to give it out for free, now I am an adult and I have to buy it, but it is still a good excuse to have a house FULL of candy come October! With all this wonderful fun, there are Halloween movies and traditions that I keep up. So, every year I watch Hocus Pocus about 15 times before Halloween, I own it and actually watch it all year round.
I had no idea that Hocus Pocus was getting a written sequel, I know that for years there have been whispers of a possible movie and that Bette Midler is down for it, but never anything about a book. I saw an advert in an Instagram post and did a happy dance and proceeded find a review copy before the book was available for the public – I could have waited but I didn’t want to. But you aren’t here to listen to me ramble so on to the book…
The book is really two in one. The first third is actually a written retelling of the original movie/story. It is pretty much the same as the movie, so if you want to read it - it is just as fun and funny, but if you want to move right into the new stuff you can do that too without missing much. It was different reading it, there is more detail because of the world building that you have to do in your head versus seeing it on screen and that was noteworthy, otherwise you have the movie.
Hocus Pocus Movie Cover
**If you have not seen the movie (WHAT?! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?) you might be spoiled on a bunch of things if you keep reading. However, if you have seen the movie and need more – proceed…**
The Sequel is about Poppy, who is the daughter of Max and Allison from the original. She has grown up knowing the story of the Sanderson sisters coming back on Halloween and almost killing her parents and Aunt Dani. She believes the story but only so much and it has ruined Halloween for her growing up because her parents hate the anniversary.
This Halloween though, it is a special anniversary. It has been 25 years and her parents are throwing a party to keep all the kids nearby just in case anything weird happens. But to impress a girl she likes Poppy decides to bring her to the Sanderson house... sound familiar? It is kind of the same set up as before but it works again in different ways.
Where this story differs though, is in a lot of places. First off, we learn about another Sanderson sister, and even get more depth from the previous story. It is an all new adventure, and the sisters have found their way back into the moral world and are still out to take it over, but also get some revenge on the meddling children of the town.
Fittingly, the sequel was good, it wasn’t the best but I think that if you are lover of the original it is a great way to relive it in a new adventure. The Sanderson sisters are just as funny as in the movies and the other characters in this book were fun as well. It may not be the best book as a stand-alone, but it gave me everything I was looking for: old meets new, some repetition and some new stuff. And the ending made me excited because there is possibly another story in the works... yea, how's that for a cliffhanger?!
Today’s brew is something for the summer and the fall, which is the weird in between I am living in right now – so Summer Cider!
Downeast Cider House has a hard cider out called Aloha Friday. This drink is a pineapple infused unfiltered cider that is refreshing and summery. It is 5.1% ABV and is a pale cloudy yellow in color when poured. Downeast does a great tart cider, so if that is what you like in a cider – this is a great brewer for you, but in this version the tart is combined with a wonderful sweet and tangy fruit juice flavor of the pineapple. So, watch out with these, it is one of those drinks that can get you in trouble quick because it isn’t overly alcoholic tasting. The pineapple is a great summer addition, it is just tropical enough to make you feel like you are on vacation but the cider flavors also lend well to a cool, crisp autumn day.
You can find these at some grocery stores in the Downeast Variety packs and four packs are available from between $9-12 at specialty beer stores. Note: this is an unfiltered cider, it is meant to be cloudy and shaken before you drink it. You might even find the packages stored upside down in stores – that's ok, they are just trying to help get that shake started.
Downeast Aloha Friday
About the Book
Publisher: Disney Book Group and
Release Date: July 10, 2018
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.
About the Author:
A.W. Jantha is an internet mystery at the moment – maybe a pseudonym? I have not been able to find much of anything else.