The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Season of the Witch Review

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Summary

Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Scholastic Inc.

It’s the summer before her sixteenth birthday, and Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change. She’s always studied magic and spells with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. But she’s also lived a normal mortal life – attending Baxter High, hanging out with her friends Susie and Roz, and going to the movies with her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle.

Now time is running out on her every day, normal world, and leaving behind Roz and Susie and Harvey is a lot harder than she thought it would be. Especially because Sabrina isn’t sure how Harvey feels about her. Her cousin Ambrose suggests performing a spell to discover Harvey’s true feelings. But when a mysterious wood spirit interferes, the spell backfires in a big way.

Sabrina has always been attracted to the power of being a witch. But now she can’t help wondering if that power is leading her down the wrong path. Will she choose to forsake the path of light and follow the path of night?

Review

So, I have to admit… I didn’t like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina when I first watched it. The first season was just, meh, for me. BUT, it was bothering me that I didn’t watch the second season. So, I gave it another go and I am soooo happy that I did! Because I’m absolutely in love with it now!

So, you can imagine how excited I was to try out Season of the Witch. And boy oh boy did it deliver! Before I get into the plot though, let me talk about my favorite feature in this book. I’m going to dub it: night mode (thanks new iPhone update, I’m borrowing the term). The main part of the book is told from Sabrina’s POV, but there are some night mode sections where we get to see the story unfold from the other characters’ POVs. Now some people don’t like night mode, it can be a little jarring to have the page black and the text white. But, for my high pressure eyes this was so soothing to not have to stare at a page of white.

But the story is leading up to Sabrina’s Dark Baptism. We get a peek into Sabrina’s every day life as she dabbles in some “simple” witchcraft, you know, since she isn’t a full fledged witch yet. I loved the chapters that weren’t in Sabrina’s POV. Not only did they provide a little more depth to the story, but they also added some “spook” in the way they were written.

Now, everyday life might not seem all that interesting, but I really enjoyed the mundane aspects of the story. This books is an introduction to all the key players and is overall a nice read. It’s not crazy action packed and plot driven, but it’s also not boring. I like that we get “more” than we do in the TV series. And now I get to read the next book in the series and see where the story leads!

About the Author

Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog, mistful.livejournal.com, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.