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Angus & Robertson:
Australian RRP: $16.99
Published in September 2019 in Australia by Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Fiction
Page Count: 4 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Scholastic Australia:
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 everyday, 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?
This exclusive prequel novel will reveal a side of Sabrina not seen on the new Netflix show. What choice will Sabrina make… and will it be the right one?
I recieved a copy of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season of the Witch from Scholastic Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
I absolutely loved this book! I’ve only really just this week started watching the Netflix Show that this book was written as a prequel of, and truly, it was done so brilliantly! Sarah Rees Brennan captured the Sabrina that we know and love, as well as devoting some interlude type chapters to the supporting characters, too.
I loved these chapters so much!! When I started watching the show, I wondered why Zelda would seemingly kill Hilda, purely because she can, knowing that Hilda would resurrect shortly after. But still, this prequel novel just gave Zelda so much more heart and insight into her character! I suppose I only really knew her as a sharper edge to Hilda’s softer coin, I mean Hilda is just so kind and warm and clearly cares for Sabrina and Ambrose, but honestly this book just gave me a whole new way to look at Zelda’s character and I definitely know that she would do anything for her family.
One of the main features in this book is Harvey and Sabrina’s relationship, not quite boyfriend/girlfriend to one another just yet but clearly head over heels with one another, but of course Sabrina’s Dark Summoning is looming, where she’s expected to sign her soul over to the Dark Lord and farewell her friends as she starts her new life in the Coven.
I love that Sabrina doesn’t want to farewell everything she knows, I mean, who wouldn’t? But this novel brilliantly captures her friendship circle, Harvey of course, who clearly dotes on her, but also her amazing close friends, Roz and Suzie. I love how they have chapters throughout this story, it was great getting into their mindset and what they thought about the oddities that are Sabrina’s beloved Aunts.
It was great to see Sabrina and her family interact throughout this book, Zelda and Hilda of course expecting Sabrina to take part in the summoning soon, then she’ll get to find her familiar and dabble more in her powers, but of course they only want what’s best for her and above everything, they certainly want her to be safe! Ambrose too, was portrayed really brilliantly throughout this book, we learn more about how he came to be confined to the Spellman house and you could just feel her longing for something more.
When a spell placed on Harvey goes slightly awry, causing him to express his feelings for Sabrina in very darling but also very dramatically loud ways, this causes some conflict between Sabrina and her beloved Cousin – but as Ambrose’s true feelings about his situation comes to light, I just knew Sabrina was the sunshine in his often dark, lonely life.
In turn, Sabrina adores Ambrose and her Aunts too, that much is known. She’s just such a fabulous character, very protective and loyal to the ones she loves, her friends and Harvey included and even though she knows she’ll come into her powers soon and might just face a crossroads about her two lives as it were, I love her optimism that she shouldn’t have to choose between both lives! She is a half witch, half mortal – Diana, her beloved Mother, would have wanted a happy and safe lifestyle for her, something akin to the best of both worlds- oh, I my heart went out so much to Sabrina as she longed for her parents, a sense of normality in this sometimes crazy and quirky life of hers!
If you’re a fan of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina show, then I cannot recommend this book enough! If you’re yet to watch it but are thinking about it, then I definitely advocate picking up the book prior! It just provides an utterly bewitching (pun definitely intended!) insight and heartfelt back story to where The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina begins!