{Season of the Witch: Sarah Rees Brennan}Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Published by Scholastic Press on July 9, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – 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?

{My thoughts} – I have read the graphic novel that this series is originally based on. It is much more dark and morbid then this book was. I have seen the entire released series on Netflix as well. It also doesn’t compare to this particular book, but it has similar storylines.

I’m going to start by saying that I am not a fan of the way the book is written. You have some chapters on white pages with black print and some on black pages with white print. I found it to be really hard to read the ones on black pages with white print in a low light setting. I usually read by using my beside lamp or an a lowly lit room in the house. We don’t really have super bright lights. Otherwise I have no complaints on the books creation.

Sabrina is not your average 15 year-old. She is a half mortal and half witch. You can recall her and her aunts Hilda and Zelda and her boyfriend Harvey from the 90’s comedy. However, that’s as much of the similarity you will get from that comedy within the pages of this book. The names are the same, the appearances and descriptions are not!

Sabrina has two other friends besides Harvey; Roz and Suzie. They are both interesting characters in their own way. And in a way like Harvey they too have secrets they keep from Sabrina. Sabrina likes to think she is keeping this huge secret from her friends and that it is more or less ruining their friendships on some level, but they have secrets too that they are afraid to share.

Given this is a prequel it is mostly and introduction to all the characters in the series. You learn bits and pieces about them in the white pages. On the black pages one character is highlighted and you get to learn even more of their back story. I do like how it was put together, I just don’t like the color of the pages, but I do understand why they were done as black and white. White means good and black means evil. It’s a rather obvious conclusion, just gave me a headache reading this way.

This book is mostly centered on Sabrina’s goodness. Her love and kindness for her family and her friends. It shows that she is good at heart and that she isn’t sure of the choice she will need to make at her Dark Baptism.

I look forward to seeing where the author is going with this series in the next book that is set to be released Dec 26, 2019.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.