Thursday 25 July 2019

SEASON OF THE WITCH by Sarah Rees Brennan

Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s no secret that I love the Netflix series, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Two awesome seasons, a holiday special, the comic books—I’ve watched/read them all.

When I found out a prequel novel was going to be released, I pre-ordered it ASAP and started reading almost as soon as the lovely book arrived. Now, thanks to Kendall Reviews, I get to share my thoughts with the world.

Summer is slowly coming to an end and Sabrina Spellman still isn’t sure if Harvey Kinkle loves her or not. But she’s a witch and has ways of finding out what people don’t want to share. Not to mention a bored cousin who’s willing to help with any/all mischievous deeds.

Except, magic isn’t something one should tamper with for selfish reasons and can be tricky. When the spell backfires, Sabrina’s forced to embrace her witchy ability while not forgetting her mortal side, and depending on her oddball family…

OMG. I absolutely adored this book!

I have to admit that I was a bit worried about how Sabrina’s voice would come across. I wondered if the story would feel forced in order to fit into what we already know about the peculiar residents of Greendale. Well, I’m super excited to say that there was nothing to worry about. Everything about this book is fantastic and flawless.

Sabrina’s voice is awesome and authentic. Actually, this prequel sets up the events of the show perfectly. It also effortlessly answers a bunch of questions I didn’t even know I had.

The blend of cute and bubbly is well balanced with the dark side always creeping up on Sabrina. No matter how hard she tries to stay on the straight and narrow, or how sweet she is, her curiosity gets the best of her and leads to a whole lot of trouble. It’s a character flaw that makes this young witch’s chilling adventures very appealing. She’s got a good heart, yet can’t help but delve into a little wicked behaviour.

What she does to Harvey, how she gets caught up with a water spirit, the way she damages her close relationship with Ambrose. All of it turns into a test—a very entertaining test that gripped me all the way through. I had a hard time putting this down, and was surprised by how much I managed to read every time I ‘wanted to squeeze one chapter in’.

Another very cool thing about this book is the format. Sabrina’s first POV dominates the book, but we also get a peek into the minds of a bunch of very familiar characters. Their POVs are excellently woven into the black pages (seriously, the pages are black with white print), giving us a glimpse into several things we didn’t know about what’s really inside their hearts and minds.

Yeah, asides from being an awesome book, it’s also really pretty and I love how the beautiful cover complements the already established aesthetics of this witch world.

Season of the Witch is the perfect prelude into Sabrina Spellman’s dangerous and wicked life, with a twist of the cosy. Her close-knit unconventional family is a delight to read about. The dark world of witches and the mortals able to balance everything out for this half-mortal, half-witch never cease to scheme and surprise. It’s well written, a lot of fun, fits perfectly with the show, and is a great addition to Sabrina’s expanding world.

No matter what season, Greendale always feels like Halloween and I love that.

I actually pictured all the actors while reading the book, which just added to the fun. And you know what else? It made me want to watch Sabrina all over again. 😁

Oh, and the great news is, there are more books coming! I can’t wait to read more…

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