Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

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...

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Season of the Witch Reviews

  • Yvonne Olson

    If you're a fan of the television show, you'll enjoy this immensely. Sarah Rees Brennan managed to write a book that had the same eerie and beautiful setting of the show.

    This book is a prequel to the show, leading up to Sabrina's dark baptism. There is character growth and some backstory you don't get from the television show that makes the characters even more well-rounded. The relationships between Sabrina and her family are highlighted more, and her relationship with Harvey goes on a bit of

    If you're a fan of the television show, you'll enjoy this immensely. Sarah Rees Brennan managed to write a book that had the same eerie and beautiful setting of the show.

    This book is a prequel to the show, leading up to Sabrina's dark baptism. There is character growth and some backstory you don't get from the television show that makes the characters even more well-rounded. The relationships between Sabrina and her family are highlighted more, and her relationship with Harvey goes on a bit of a rollercoaster.

    Definitely pick this up if you like Sabrina! I'm so glad I did.

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    We all know I am obsessed with

    and its many series both on page and on screen. I've made it a pattern to recap

    as it is airing and, of course, I reviewed the comics years ago. I'm a lifelong Sabrina Spellman fan, to be perfectly honest with you. So, it should come as no shock to you that I am completely in love with this book. We're talking, I've reached

    levels of excitement and joy.

    That being said,

    is so good. Sarah Rees Brennan was the best choice to write up this prequel because she actually understands these characters and their voices. You can easily see the story play out in your mind. While some prequels and novelizations to television series can feel, at times, unnecessary,

    is essential. If you've watched the Netflix series and found yourself mentally trying to fill in the gaps, the before, the characteristics that we've yet to understand, this book will answer many questions for you.

    (It also sets a clear path to where the series may go in the future, RE: Mrs. Wardwell now that Madam Satan has resurrected her and seemingly left Greendale, Father Blackwood, Nick Scratch, etc.)

    is a highly character driven read with that bleak sense of dark comedy and horror you've come to love in the show. Rees Brennan breaths life into the characters we've grown to know and love and fleshes them out further. If you've ever felt like there was a bit of blank space in these characters development, this book fills it in for you.

    utilizes its multiple POV in a way that is engrossing and fully understood--we walk away from the novel with a sense of having more knowledge about them than ever.

    I thought the spookiness was at a minimum but it still creates a nice balance and ties back into the weeks leading up to the pilot episode. It's impossible to put down and just plain fun. I loved seeing the distinct voices (Sabrina, Ambrose, Harvey, Tommy, Hilda, Zelda, Nick, Prudence, etc) and the varied dynamics (Sabrina/Ambrose and Harvey/Tommy have so many good moments in Season of the Witch and it made me appreciate their bonds even more) from the series.

    What I loved most about

    was how everything tied together by the end. There was so much that happened in such a modest novel and it all played into the bigger picture beautifully. There were even a few moments that reminded me of the sitcom (re: a spell gone array) and that made me smile in pure nostalgia.

    Other things to look forward to: an interaction between two characters that is soon forgotten, Tommy Kinkle character development that makes you appreciate him more/mourn his death from the first season, flashbacks to Sabrina's childhood from the POV of other Spellman family members, Zelda Spellman's narration (!!!!) and so much more.

    While the show thrives in its creepy setting and tones of pure empowerment, and destiny,

    takes these traits and emphasizes the importance of the familial bonds in the series, as well as the many types of complexities in the human (ahem, or witch) mind.

    Overall, I think that

    is one of those rare prequels that just works with what we've already known is canon. In short, it is brilliant and thrilling and definitely a great read for fans of the show. If you love the quick wit, creepy atmosphere and tone of the television series you're going to love

    with every bit of your heart.

  • Amanda

    The POV chapter from Harvey's brother, Tommy, DID ME IN. I was not expecting that.

    The POV chapter from Harvey's brother, Tommy, DID ME IN. I was not expecting that. 💜

  • Sophie (Blame Chocolate) *on hiatus*

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    I laughed hard, got a bit teary-eyed, aaaawww’ed a lot, and wanted to rewatch The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by the time I was done. This is a TV tie-in done amazingly well and I’m so glad I got to read it

    I went in with super high expectations, craving for something to bring me back all that spooky cosiness Sabrina made me experience last year,

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    I laughed hard, got a bit teary-eyed, aaaawww’ed a lot, and wanted to rewatch The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by the time I was done. This is a TV tie-in done amazingly well and I’m so glad I got to read it ❤

    I went in with super high expectations, craving for something to bring me back all that spooky cosiness Sabrina made me experience last year, and I was not disappointed – in fact, I was very much surprised!

    Season of the Witch is an absolute must for fans of the show, as well as newcomers who don’t need to know anything about it to enjoy this prequel. Go, go, go!

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  • ☼ rachel ☼

    You can see this review and many others on my

    I really enjoyed this prequel novel to Netflix's show "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", and I think it's perfect for anyone who really likes the show. Personally, I really liked the show, so I think that somewhat goes into my enjoyment of this book. It's a very cute and fun YA/Middle Grade story about a girl who is half-witch and half-mortal.

    You can see this review and many others on my

    I really enjoyed this prequel novel to Netflix's show "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", and I think it's perfect for anyone who really likes the show. Personally, I really liked the show, so I think that somewhat goes into my enjoyment of this book. It's a very cute and fun YA/Middle Grade story about a girl who is half-witch and half-mortal. This book is told in a pretty interesting format, where it alternates from Sabrina's perspective to one where we see some of the side characters perspectives. I absolutely loved to see all the family/friend dynamics, especially Tommy and Harvey, as we didn't see much of their dynamic in the show. I will say my one issue with this book was that I felt that the plot was very slow, and that's not one of my favorite things. But, overall I enjoyed the book, and it added quite a lot to the characters. I will definitely be picking up the sequel when it comes out. I highly recommend!

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  • Mari Johnston

    Meh.

    That one word pretty much sums up how I feel about Sarah Rees Brennan’s prequel to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Netflix series. Book adaptations of movies and shows are always a risky thing to do. Season of the Witch isn’t the worst I’ve read, but it certainly wasn’t the best.

    Everything about this story was very flat. You are definitely able to read it without having first seen the Netflix Original show. There

    Meh.

    That one word pretty much sums up how I feel about Sarah Rees Brennan’s prequel to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Netflix series. Book adaptations of movies and shows are always a risky thing to do. Season of the Witch isn’t the worst I’ve read, but it certainly wasn’t the best.

    Everything about this story was very flat. You are definitely able to read it without having first seen the Netflix Original show. There were no inside details that somebody would have a hard time figuring out or understanding if they were to read the book first. If the book had been my introduction to these characters and story, though, I don’t think I would have explored the series more.

    As an extension to the show, the reader is able to get to know the characters a bit more. In between each of Sabrina’s chapters is a chapter from different character’s POV. While some of them seemed like pure filler, there were a few that were interesting. I really loved getting to know Harvey’s brother, Tommy, and he definitely broke my heart.

    These extra character chapters were printed on black paper with white text and I had a really hard time reading them. I wish they had been formatted the same as the rest of the book and there was a different way to set them apart. As a concept, it’s a really neat idea, but it didn’t work well in the end.

    I was incredibly disappointed that Sabrina’s friends, Roz and Susie, were not in the book very much. They’re such a special and vital part of the series and their presence was definitely missed. The few times we did see these two, they felt very hollow and not how they should be.

    The creepiness and darkness that was so well done in the show were also nonexistent in this novelization. I think a big part of that was due to the lack of a real plot. There wasn’t a very consistent storyline happening and things moved way too slowly.

    I am glad that I read Season of the Witch. It was a quick book to get through and I loved seeing some of the events that led up to the first season of the show. Something I really enjoyed was getting more insight on Sabrina and Ambrose’s relationship which I don’t feel Netflix explored enough.

    There is a second book, Daughter of Chaos, set to come out in December. I’ll probably end up giving it a shot because I really can never get enough of my beloved Sabrina. Fingers crossed some of these issues will be fixed in it.

  • Pie

    i would read sarah rees brennan's grocery list

  • Ben Howard

    me when i heard they were making a prequel book to caos:

  • Eri

    I would literally read anything sarah rees brennan writes

  • Therese

    i've never seen a single episode of sabrina, but if sarah rees brennan is writing it then i'm reading it and that's that \_(ツ)_/

    i've never seen a single episode of sabrina, but if sarah rees brennan is writing it then i'm reading it and that's that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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