I loved watching Sabrina the teenage witch as a teen, and have been intrigued by the recent Netflix re-boot – but haven’t quite got around to watching it (so many tv shows to watch!).
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan gives us a peek into Sabrina’s life right before where the TV show kicks off…
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?
Despite not having seen the Netflix series I quite enjoyed this one. It gives enough info about the characters to stand alone really well. From what I have seen/heard of the series it is pretty dark (particularly compared to the ’90s version) and the book had a definite creepy factor too. Every second chapter comes from the perspective of someone who is watching Sabrina’s story unfold, and the way these bits were written really was a bit chilling – I also loved the way they were written on black paper.
This was a fun and quickish read – I think Sabrina fans in particular will love it.
Out now from Scholastic Australia (who kindly sent me this copy)
Themes: Friendship, family, fitting in
Format: Paperback(288 pages)