Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, #1)
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?

Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, #1) Details

TitleSeason of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherScholastic Inc.
ISBN-139781338326048
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror, Witches, Fiction

Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, #1) Review

  • Pie
    January 1, 1970
    i would read sarah rees brennan's grocery list
  • Ben Howard
    January 1, 1970
    me when i heard they were making a prequel book to caos:
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    The POV chapter from Harvey's brother, Tommy, DID ME IN. I was not expecting that. 💜
  • ☼ rachel ☼
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.You can see this review and many others on my BlogI 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. I received a copy of this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.You can see this review and many others on my BlogI 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!Blog | Instagram | Pinterest
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  • Therese
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Eri
    January 1, 1970
    I would literally read anything sarah rees brennan writes
  • Yvonne Olson
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Viral
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Scholastic for the ARC at BEA 2019!I enjoyed this prequel to the Netflix series "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina". If you like the show, you'll like this. I like the show. So I liked it. It's written in a similar manner, telling the story of the summer leading into the first season, of how Harvey and Sabrina got together. A fun YA/middle grade novel. I'll admit, I prefer the show's storytelling to this; this felt less effective and I think the magic scenes especially are improved in Thanks to Scholastic for the ARC at BEA 2019!I enjoyed this prequel to the Netflix series "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina". If you like the show, you'll like this. I like the show. So I liked it. It's written in a similar manner, telling the story of the summer leading into the first season, of how Harvey and Sabrina got together. A fun YA/middle grade novel. I'll admit, I prefer the show's storytelling to this; this felt less effective and I think the magic scenes especially are improved in the show where they can have effects and lighting that this book didn't have. Also, for a prequel, it does spoil some things that will happen in the first season of the show (specifically, the intentions of certain characters, which the show takes some time to reveal). So I'd recommend coming to this AFTER watching the first season, not before. Still recommend for any fans of the show looking to itch that witchy fix!
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  • Madison Story
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC at Yallwest and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! The book fits well with tone of the show, though it may be a little lighter. I feel like the author did a good job capturing Sabrina's voice.I wish the plot moved a little quicker at the beginning, and there were some oddly structured sentences and repetitive word choices (though some of this could be from having an uncorrected proof). But overall, I was impressed! The character work is where the book shined f I received this ARC at Yallwest and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! The book fits well with tone of the show, though it may be a little lighter. I feel like the author did a good job capturing Sabrina's voice.I wish the plot moved a little quicker at the beginning, and there were some oddly structured sentences and repetitive word choices (though some of this could be from having an uncorrected proof). But overall, I was impressed! The character work is where the book shined for me. The chapters alternate between Sabrina's narrative and character moments for much of the supporting cast, which gave me new insight to what I've previously seen on the show.Since this is a prequel, you don't need to have seen the show to understand what's going on. However, I did feel that knowledge of the show made some of the strongest moments in the book more impactful.
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  • Caity
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book for fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The overall story is fun and really sweet. The format is intriguing as it alternates between Sabrina's perspective and an omnipotent perspective that gives great insight into the character's minds. I really loved learning more about the characters this way and think it's one of the most interesting aspects of the book. There is also a perfect balance between the humor Brennan is known for and the creepy unsettling details of Sa This is a great book for fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The overall story is fun and really sweet. The format is intriguing as it alternates between Sabrina's perspective and an omnipotent perspective that gives great insight into the character's minds. I really loved learning more about the characters this way and think it's one of the most interesting aspects of the book. There is also a perfect balance between the humor Brennan is known for and the creepy unsettling details of Sabrina's life. It's so cool seeing Sabrina before the show started and learning more about her history and her family and friend dynamics. I highly recommend it for the depth it adds to the shows characters and also a really fun read overall.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this from Scholastic and Fantastic Flying Book Club! Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book Series: Prequel to the Sabrina Netflix seriesRating: 5/5Diversity: Roz and Ambrose are African-American and Theo is a transgender manPublication Date: July 9, 2019Genre: YA Fantasy/TV Series Backstory…?Recommended Age: 16+ (slight gore, some violence, love, mature romance, and witchcraft)Publisher: ScholasticPages: 288Amazon LinkSynopsis: It's the summer before her sixteenth birthday, Disclaimer: I received this from Scholastic and Fantastic Flying Book Club! Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book Series: Prequel to the Sabrina Netflix seriesRating: 5/5Diversity: Roz and Ambrose are African-American and Theo is a transgender manPublication Date: July 9, 2019Genre: YA Fantasy/TV Series Backstory…?Recommended Age: 16+ (slight gore, some violence, love, mature romance, and witchcraft)Publisher: ScholasticPages: 288Amazon LinkSynopsis: 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?Review: If you’re a fan of Sabrina, this is the book for you! This is dark and mysterious and it exudes Sabrina! I loved all the character insights into the multiple characters, I loved the backstory for Hilda and Ambrose, and I’m so excited for Season 3 I wanna scream!!! Definitely a book for the fans of Sabrina.However, I did think that the villain could have been better fleshed out and the climax of the story a bit longer, it just felt so short compared to the rest of the book. I’m also a tad sad that Theo (formerly Susie) wasn’t more fleshed out, he’s my favorite character and I loved seeing him bravely come out on the series. I’m a bit sad that they referred to him as Susie, but I understand that at the time Theo was Susie and I’m not sure at which point he decided he was Theo. Verdict: I loved every page.
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  • Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a cute read. I especially love the cousin relationship between Sabrina and Ambrose <3I think I'd enjoy this book a lot more if I'd watch the Netflix show. It delves pretty quickly into the characters' lives, and it only briefly touches on some characters. (Note: Season of the Witch seems to serve mostly as a setup for the adventures to come in this book series.) Nevertheless, watching the show is not a prerequisite for jumping into this book. I'll likely try out the show because This is such a cute read. I especially love the cousin relationship between Sabrina and Ambrose <3I think I'd enjoy this book a lot more if I'd watch the Netflix show. It delves pretty quickly into the characters' lives, and it only briefly touches on some characters. (Note: Season of the Witch seems to serve mostly as a setup for the adventures to come in this book series.) Nevertheless, watching the show is not a prerequisite for jumping into this book. I'll likely try out the show because I'm interested in this darker take on Sabrina, which I've heard is more true to the comics, but regardless of whether I get around to it I'll be looking forward to book 2 in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
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  • Nicole Luiken
    January 1, 1970
    First off I'm not really the target audience for this one: I've never watched the Netflix show (though now I kind of want to) and have only a brushing acquaintance with the Sabrina comics. I bought this because I'm a fan of Sarah Rees Brennan.I liked the format of white and dark pages which alternated between Sabrina's first person POV and deeper looks at some side characters, friends and enemies. Very atmospheric. The writing was good, but the whole prequel/media tie-in format kind of hamstrung First off I'm not really the target audience for this one: I've never watched the Netflix show (though now I kind of want to) and have only a brushing acquaintance with the Sabrina comics. I bought this because I'm a fan of Sarah Rees Brennan.I liked the format of white and dark pages which alternated between Sabrina's first person POV and deeper looks at some side characters, friends and enemies. Very atmospheric. The writing was good, but the whole prequel/media tie-in format kind of hamstrung the plot. We hear all about Sabrina's upcoming 16th birthday choice between good and evil, but it never happens.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at page 144. I think this would have been a much more enjoyable read sometime during season 1, but way too much character progression has happened now and it's actually quite boring to go back to Harvey mooning over Sabrina, and going back to Susie after embracing Theo is HARD. The format of the book is interesting. The white pages are the current Sabrina story. The black pages focus on different characters and give a little back story that wasn't necessarily told outright on the Netflix ser DNF at page 144. I think this would have been a much more enjoyable read sometime during season 1, but way too much character progression has happened now and it's actually quite boring to go back to Harvey mooning over Sabrina, and going back to Susie after embracing Theo is HARD. The format of the book is interesting. The white pages are the current Sabrina story. The black pages focus on different characters and give a little back story that wasn't necessarily told outright on the Netflix series, though so much of it is hinted at, it isn't necessary. So I guess I would recommend this if you are interest in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but haven't actually watched them yet. It's a nice intro to the series.
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  • Christina Reid
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming on my blog on Tuesday!
  • Shoshana G
    January 1, 1970
    I don't really feel fair rating this as I haven't seen the show, although I might now!Whatever, I will read anything Sarah Rees Brennan writes.
  • Jessica | Booked J
    January 1, 1970
    Review was originally posted here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for participating in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. "Power shouldn't only be in the hands of those with cold, fickle hearts. If I wanted better magic, I had to make magic for myself."We all know I am obsessed with Archie Comics and its many series both on page and on screen. I've made it a pattern to recap Chilling Advent Review was originally posted here at Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for participating in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. "Power shouldn't only be in the hands of those with cold, fickle hearts. If I wanted better magic, I had to make magic for myself."We all know I am obsessed with Archie Comics and its many series both on page and on screen. I've made it a pattern to recap Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 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 CAN I GIVE THIS BOOK MORE THAN FIVE STARS? levels of excitement and joy.That being said, Season of the Witch 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, Season of the Witch 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.) Season of the Witch 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. Season of the Witch 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 Season of the Witch 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, Season of the Witch 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 Season of the Witch 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 Season of the Witch with every bit of your heart.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookCon 2019 and Scholastic Inc. in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nope, nope, nope.Let’s be honest here, media tie-ins are always a risk. First of all, most the time they make the assumption that you’re already a big fan and that’s why you’re reading the book. I personally believe they’d be a more effective resource if the two could stand alone, and make you want to seek out th Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookCon 2019 and Scholastic Inc. in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nope, nope, nope.Let’s be honest here, media tie-ins are always a risk. First of all, most the time they make the assumption that you’re already a big fan and that’s why you’re reading the book. I personally believe they’d be a more effective resource if the two could stand alone, and make you want to seek out the other. Season of the Witch made me want to avoid The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.I think it’s in part because of the complications of this story. Season of the Witch is being marketed as YA because Sabrina is fifteen and the subject matter is too mature for middle grade, but the characters are too immature for adult. In this, it’s fair to say that Sabrina is probably a true YA heroine because she acts like a kid. Unfortunately, YA as a genre is saturated with flowery writing and mature characters probably better suited for the New Adult genre which still (somehow) does not exist. Therefore, reading Season of the Witch left a weird taste, as though it were oversimplified and not quite right.The simplicity of the writing wasn’t all that bothered me. The book is written in pieces. Every other chapter is Sabrina’s, written in first-person past-tense on white pages with black text. The chapters in between are each given to an individual character, written in third-person past-tense on black pages with white text. The change in voice and formatting threw me every single chapter, bouncing out just enough that I couldn’t get immersed in the book. Additionally, most the even chapters added nothing. Instead, the book became a novella of one of Sabrina’s adventures and nearly glimpse of her love story, peppered with short stories about her co-stars. It never felt cohesive.As for the characters themselves, they’re super flat. Having not watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, I’m not sure if the author was relying on readers to be fans and know characters inside out? I felt like even with the even chapters, there were too many characters without any depth. I didn’t feel emotionally attached to anyone, and there was a lot of telling and not a lot of showing and that style of writing just… bores me.This book is an easy read – I read most of it in one sitting. I do think it’s going to be a weird one to market, because I’m not sure how many YA readers are going to be content with the simplicity of the writing, and I certainly hope middle grade readers are not picking this one up. Unfortunately, I really don’t feel like Season of the Witch will translate over to an adult audience.Fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will either love or hate this one, but I don’t think there will be much in between. For those who are not watching the show, I don’t think I’d recommend this book, even though it’s a prequel. There aren’t spoilers, and I don’t think anyone would be confused… I just think you need to be a fan to enjoy it.
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  • Kibkabe
    January 1, 1970
    * Giveaway win from I Read YA*"Season of the Witch" by Sarah Rees Brennan is the prequel novel to the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" exploring what happens to Sabrina the summer before her 16th birthday when she's supposed to assume her destiny as a witch and give up her mortal lifestyle.If you're familiar with the dark version of Sabrina The Teenage Witch thanks to Netflix, then you know Sabrina Spellman lives with her two aunts, Zelda and Hilda; a cousin Ambrose, and her cat Salem. Her frien * Giveaway win from I Read YA*"Season of the Witch" by Sarah Rees Brennan is the prequel novel to the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" exploring what happens to Sabrina the summer before her 16th birthday when she's supposed to assume her destiny as a witch and give up her mortal lifestyle.If you're familiar with the dark version of Sabrina The Teenage Witch thanks to Netflix, then you know Sabrina Spellman lives with her two aunts, Zelda and Hilda; a cousin Ambrose, and her cat Salem. Her friends, who all conveniently have witchy descendant ties in Greendale, are Roz, Susie, and Harvey, her boyfriend. As Sabrina upholds her regular life, she's battling the satanic forces bound by her family where she's expected to give up on her mortal best friends and Baxter High for the Academy of Unseen Arts and battle with the three witch sisters: Prudence, Dorcas, and Agatha.In this story, Sabrina worries Harvey doesn't love her since they're not officially in a relationship after a year of dating. Since she's about to come into her witching ways, she asks Ambrose to help her cast a love spell. Except Ambrose takes over the spell with Sabrina forgetting the words. Then Harvey starts to act strangely with showing his affection for Sabrina, who keeps worrying that Ambrose may have tricked her with putting the wrong spell on Harvey. As she worries, Sabrina befriends a water spirit in the woods that seems to understand what's at stake. But Sabrina realizes more is at stake as she comes into her own magic. My copy is an uncorrected proof, so this scene might've been cut out. But the scene of Ambrose's blackness being singled out while he's flirting with a mail carrier stuck out to me. The carrier is surprised to see Sabrina as Ambrose's cousin and explains the surprise since Ambrose is "African-American." Which he's not. He's from Britain, but later Prudence, who's also black in the TV series, is just described as having a dark complexion. Race is irrelevant to the story except for Roz, who is African-American with a preacher father and genetic blindness from her slave descendants relevant to witchery. It seemed like an awkward moment yet expressed a bigger issue of how nonwhiteness has to be pointed out in a kid's book when the character's race is not central to the story. Overall, the book is a fun, dark young adult read that pairs well with the Netflix series. It gets wordy in the descriptions to the point where the book felt a tad longer than it needed to be. There are black-paged chapters in the book to describe backstories to the other characters though not all backstories become a strong thread in the book but maybe will in later novels.
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  • Brogan Lane
    January 1, 1970
    The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina + Sarah Rees Brennan = spending my money. I was totally surprised by this book because I just wasn't expecting it. I loved the first part of the Netflix's series (not so keen on the second but hey ho) and it got me back into witches and witchcraft and I looked on Goodreads for books like this, and although I found a few, it wasn't the same because I kinda liked the characters and the set up of the world. I was wary of it because it was made by the same people a The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina + Sarah Rees Brennan = spending my money. I was totally surprised by this book because I just wasn't expecting it. I loved the first part of the Netflix's series (not so keen on the second but hey ho) and it got me back into witches and witchcraft and I looked on Goodreads for books like this, and although I found a few, it wasn't the same because I kinda liked the characters and the set up of the world. I was wary of it because it was made by the same people as Riverdale (and that is another show which I liked the first season of but the rest is an utter disaster in my eyes) but I found myself enjoying it a lot. I love Sarah Rees Brennan anyway - she writes so brilliantly that anything she publishes is bound the make the reader feel something. It isn't too flowy and full of adjectives, but just enough to create a feeling, a picture or a tone. I think taking on already made characters and a world is difficult because there is a chance you could stray from a character's true personality or mess us somewhere with location or not fully capture the tone, but I think Brennan did a fantastic job at this. You could tell she wrote this because it has everything I loved about her writing that was in her Lynburn Legacy trilogy, her perfect mixture of humour and darkness. With this book, she developed characters that were in the background of the Netflix show e.g. Tommy Kinkle. I loved reading about Tommy - one of his parts really broke my heart, and yes I got the basic sense of his character from the show, but nothing as deep as this book gave me. I loved the format of this book, with the regular white pages as Sabrina's first-person perspective with the black pages with multiple character perspectives in a third-person omniscient perspective (although the blackened pages did stain my fingers ha) and it spilt the book up well because I feel like if it was Sabrina's perspective for 200+ pages, walking through the woods, spending time with Harvey, wondering what to do about her dark baptism etc, this book could have easily become a little boring and repetitive. Each 'What Happens In The Dark' chapter surprised me in some way or brought me closer to a character I hadn't thought to be closer with. I really, really enjoyed this short read and I'm happy to know that the second one is coming out later this year whoop!
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  • Gabbi Zurlo
    January 1, 1970
    The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, despite its shortcomings (and there are some), is my favorite show. So when I saw that Sarah Rees Brennan was slated to write a novelization of it I was beyond excited.I want an entire series of these novels. Season of the Witch is a prequel set the summer before the Netflix series starts. As her 16th birthday looms ever closer, Sabrina falls prey to uncertainty to a degree that she's never experienced before. What this book does well is character -- exactly w The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, despite its shortcomings (and there are some), is my favorite show. So when I saw that Sarah Rees Brennan was slated to write a novelization of it I was beyond excited.I want an entire series of these novels. Season of the Witch is a prequel set the summer before the Netflix series starts. As her 16th birthday looms ever closer, Sabrina falls prey to uncertainty to a degree that she's never experienced before. What this book does well is character -- exactly what the show lacks for me. Told mainly from Sabrina's POV, there are interspersing sections about the other characters from the show. But Brennan brings them to life in ways that two seasons haven't. These characters are dynamic. They have wants, histories, psyches. Their depth enriches the entire world of Greendale. Particularly, Tommy, Harvey's older brother who makes a few appearances in the show. These sections from Ambrose, Zelda, Hilda, and Tommy particularly, establish the relationships that run can run thin in the show. It gives us time to get our footing in the world. We see Sabrina actually living, day-to-day, enjoying herself and her magic. Not something that happens in the series. The dialogue in the Sabrina sections can be a bit cheesy. I'm not sure if it's a result of trying to match the tone of the show or trying to make Sabrina seem younger or what because Brennan's prose is hauntingly poetic. *italian chef kiss* Plot is visible, but it's not the driving force. I'm always 100% ready for character-driven anything, so I didn't mind. But this is where the book got a bit muddled for me. Season of the Witch is definitely about love.But not the love it seems to want to be about. On the surface (and on a plot level) the budding love between Sabrina and Harvey, and the accompanying uncertainty takes center stage. This relationship is quickly overshadowed by family relationships, specifically Sabrina and Ambrose's. (Harvey is my least favorite character of any Sabrina adaptation so maybe this did not bother me in the slightest.)This is a story of family and perception -- and just how those things can change at great costs. I'm ready for the next one.
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  • Mari Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.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 we This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.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.A finished copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    SEASON OF THE WITCH is a fantastic start to the Sabrina series. While fans of the shows will appreciate all the characters and the humor with the horror, this book goes even deeper into the characters with a new story. Sabrina is about to turn 16, when she knows she is expected to take her vows to the Dark Lord and go to the Academy, leaving her mortal life behind. As a half-mortal, half-witch, Sabrina faces a lot of questions about who she is and which side she embraces- as well as the differen SEASON OF THE WITCH is a fantastic start to the Sabrina series. While fans of the shows will appreciate all the characters and the humor with the horror, this book goes even deeper into the characters with a new story. Sabrina is about to turn 16, when she knows she is expected to take her vows to the Dark Lord and go to the Academy, leaving her mortal life behind. As a half-mortal, half-witch, Sabrina faces a lot of questions about who she is and which side she embraces- as well as the difference between the two.Sabrina had always been looking forward to coming into her powers- but now that it is here, it feels too soon. She loves her life, living with her aunts and cousin, and her friends at school, Susie and Roz- and of course, Harvey, her maybe boyfriend. Sabrina is afraid Harvey does not like her as much as she likes him, and so she turns to her cousin for help with a spell. However, she is not sure if she likes the outcomes.The book is told in the first person from Sabrina's point-of-view with chapters in between that give insight into other characters. These sections add so much to the book, giving us a whole new perspective on the way things seem. Perhaps my favorite was Zelda's, seconded by Tommy's- but they were all just so well written. I think I liked the book even more than the show for just this reason. The characters felt so much more real in the book, and I loved getting into their heads.In terms of the overall story, it was fast-paced and full of twists and turns. Sabrina really seems like a teenager, and the book is great for the YA paranormal/fantasy audience. There's danger, humor, mystery, and character growth. I highly recommend for any Sabrina fans- this is a great book that celebrates the series and characters by delving deeper into their psyche.Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    If you are not already a fan of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina show then you will most likely not enjoy this book. The writing was pretty mediocre, the plot was meh, and this book spoils a lot for the show...even though this is actually a prequel. This was definitely meant to be read AFTER CAOS Part 1/ Season 1 (the seasons are kind of confusing). I gave this book 3 stars only because I am a fan of the show and I love the characters. What I will say is that the characters are pretty accurate If you are not already a fan of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina show then you will most likely not enjoy this book. The writing was pretty mediocre, the plot was meh, and this book spoils a lot for the show...even though this is actually a prequel. This was definitely meant to be read AFTER CAOS Part 1/ Season 1 (the seasons are kind of confusing). I gave this book 3 stars only because I am a fan of the show and I love the characters. What I will say is that the characters are pretty accurate to their TV counterparts. In this prequel to CAOS we see Sabrina having many doubts. Firstly she is having doubts over her upcoming Dark Baptism and full transition into becoming a full fledged witch, leaving her mortal life behind. But also she is having doubts about her maybe boyfriend Harvey's feelings. So she decides to cast a spell on him in hopes to open up his heart to love but in true Sabrina style, it goes horribly wrong.This book was definitely character driven rather than plot driven. The book would alternate between Sabrina's POV and many other character's POV. We got a look into everyone's thoughts and actions. This is a reason why you should read this book after watching the show. It spoils things left and right for the show. I liked this book for the characters but it is definitely a low 3 stars.All in all I would not bother reading this unless you are a hardcore fan of the show. It was nice to see the shenanigans that Sabrina was up to before season 1 but this is ultimately not necessary. Will I read the next book? Probably. From what I've seen it will have lots of my boy Nick Scratch in it so sign me up!
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    I finished it in about...three hours. A nice, easy and quick read, though I suppose it only makes sense to someone who has already watched 'the chilling adventures of Sabrina'.Considering that the show is rated 16+, I was a little surprised at the style of this book as it reminded me more of a teen novel. Either way, it was quite enjoyable. The chapters alternate between white and black, with white being the storyline told from Sabrinas PoV and black being chapters about all the other various ch I finished it in about...three hours. A nice, easy and quick read, though I suppose it only makes sense to someone who has already watched 'the chilling adventures of Sabrina'.Considering that the show is rated 16+, I was a little surprised at the style of this book as it reminded me more of a teen novel. Either way, it was quite enjoyable. The chapters alternate between white and black, with white being the storyline told from Sabrinas PoV and black being chapters about all the other various characters of the show - the Aunts and Ambrose, Sabrina's friends and foe, etc..To me, these chapters often felt more like character studies instead of classic chapters but that's something I really liked. It gave a much deeper insight into the dynamics between the characters and their deep motivations in this way that only books can and film struggles. Personally, the chapters Hilda and Zelda Spellman as well as Tommy Kinkle made me shudder. I admit that I was somewhat scared I would not like their chapters, that they wouldn't fit with their backstories as I had made them up in my mind. But they did. They filled in holes and gaps that are left in the show and I can't help but enjoy that. Another good example for this is the chapter about Father Blackwood that shows his ideals and lays the foundation for his actions. Though it irks me that he planned to play everyone the way indicated here.Considering the storyline of Sabrina's story, it was nice. Not particularly deep but it did flow very well and had a nice ending that I really liked.Overall, I would say I'm glad to have read this book as it is a nice little companion piece to the show.
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited for this book. I adore the tv show and Roberto's very different comics. This was a tie-in novel set before the show started. Which honestly felt like a bit of a mistake. SO much changed in parts one and two going back to before season 1 and having an ENTIRE book that's just Harvey and Sabrina felt kinda pointless. Especially when there was no plot, an antagonist that took up about four chapters and everything else was "Characterisation". But the characterization definitely feels I was so excited for this book. I adore the tv show and Roberto's very different comics. This was a tie-in novel set before the show started. Which honestly felt like a bit of a mistake. SO much changed in parts one and two going back to before season 1 and having an ENTIRE book that's just Harvey and Sabrina felt kinda pointless. Especially when there was no plot, an antagonist that took up about four chapters and everything else was "Characterisation". But the characterization definitely feels way off. Their motivations of the characters were all over the place, and some of the background sounds wrong or contradictory to what's in the show. People were presented as weak and insecure when they weren't. And if they were it was because of something totally different. And I can't hear them saying the dialogue. Like Hilda saying Possum which is a very Australian thing, and Love instead of My love, as her term of affection and being so overtly motherly with the "my children" part. The Satanism was done as kind of an Adams Family type thing and NOT the most amusing condemnation of Christianity as it is in the show.EVERYTHING seemed wrong. Except the parts with Tommy. The Tommy stuff was totally sweet and perfect. Perhaps because he was so underdeveloped in the show it was easier to portray him. I would say it was worth reading for that. But otherwise not. The treatment of Ambrose is REALLY bad. I would say don't bother.
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  • Carla
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I even start?! I was a huge fan of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (as both a child - the animated series - and a teen - the Melissa Joan Hart one), I enjoyed the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina so much and cherry on top: I LOOOOOOVE Sarah Rees Brennan. So how could I not enjoy this? An extra special bonus on top: there's just so much Ambrose, my absolute favourite character and as a slightly less enthusiastic fan of Nick (not that I dislike him but I'm over #TeamNick) I enjoyed Harvey being h Where do I even start?! I was a huge fan of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (as both a child - the animated series - and a teen - the Melissa Joan Hart one), I enjoyed the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina so much and cherry on top: I LOOOOOOVE Sarah Rees Brennan. So how could I not enjoy this? An extra special bonus on top: there's just so much Ambrose, my absolute favourite character and as a slightly less enthusiastic fan of Nick (not that I dislike him but I'm over #TeamNick) I enjoyed Harvey being his sweet dopey self. But my very favourite part was how I could hear the respective voices in my head so clearly. I kept expecting the book to catch up with the series and for the SERIES to somehow mess up as if the book had actually been released first which is how good it was. I'm also always up for SRB's humour, right up my alley. I mean 'sorry, candle' had me in stitches. I'm just a raving lunatic, I know, but it was just THAT good seeing Sabrina in her still mostly mortal life BEFORE things went insane and also Miss Wardwell in her original (pre-Lilith) self was beautiful. She's just such a compassionate, caring teacher. LOVE her. Okay, I'm done. I adore this book and that's all.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Sabrina likes to think of herself as just a normal girl with her boyfriend Harvey and her friends at school, but really she's half-mortal and half-witch, and in just a few weeks she'll be making her Dark Baptism. She isn't sure what will change, and in an effort to hold onto her mortal life she casts a spell on Harvey to make certain that he does truly love her. Only now Harvey seems obsessed with her, and Sabrina finds herself visiting the wishing well spirit in the forest.I'm not sure how much Sabrina likes to think of herself as just a normal girl with her boyfriend Harvey and her friends at school, but really she's half-mortal and half-witch, and in just a few weeks she'll be making her Dark Baptism. She isn't sure what will change, and in an effort to hold onto her mortal life she casts a spell on Harvey to make certain that he does truly love her. Only now Harvey seems obsessed with her, and Sabrina finds herself visiting the wishing well spirit in the forest.I'm not sure how much of this is truly a "prequel" to the Netflix series because some of it felt familiar (maybe it's a prequel to the comics?). Like, I'm pretty sure I remember Sabrina casting a love spell on Harvey? Anyway, even though this was about witches, it was sweet in a way, showing how Sabrina truly cares about her friends and family and isn't interested in doing things that will hurt anyone. If you've seen the TV show already you won't be surprised by a few of the foreshadowing hints dropped. It was nice to dwell on the characters a bit more and understand them, and the switching between Sabrina's POV and the black pages that explored the other characters was a fun gimmick.
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  • Ben Howard
    January 1, 1970
    I don't normally read books that have been adapted from tv shows or movies, but have it be written by Sarah Rees Brennan and I'll read anything. Season of the Witch is a prequel to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. Brennan does an amazing job of capturing the tone and atmosphere of the show in book format. The book is a bit lighter than the show and seeing as it's a prequel makes sense, the beginning of the show is a lot lighter than the rest of the show. While the plot can be meand I don't normally read books that have been adapted from tv shows or movies, but have it be written by Sarah Rees Brennan and I'll read anything. Season of the Witch is a prequel to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. Brennan does an amazing job of capturing the tone and atmosphere of the show in book format. The book is a bit lighter than the show and seeing as it's a prequel makes sense, the beginning of the show is a lot lighter than the rest of the show. While the plot can be meandering or even seem plotless at times, the characters make up for it. I can't wait to read the sequel.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    It's the summer before Sabrina's Dark Baptism, and she's starting to question things, and her first major spell goes pretty wrong. I loved the first half season of this show, and I do think the author captured the atmosphere well. But there was so little of what makes SRB such a great author--the wit and sharp humor, for starters. I really, really missed it.I did not like the second half of the season (didn't get through more than an episode), and I don't really like Sabrina's cockiness. So actu It's the summer before Sabrina's Dark Baptism, and she's starting to question things, and her first major spell goes pretty wrong. I loved the first half season of this show, and I do think the author captured the atmosphere well. But there was so little of what makes SRB such a great author--the wit and sharp humor, for starters. I really, really missed it.I did not like the second half of the season (didn't get through more than an episode), and I don't really like Sabrina's cockiness. So actually, I ended up really loving the dark pages, which really dive deep and expand on the side characters, instead of the light pages, which is first person Sabrina-ness. I would read books about any of those side characters from this author. I probably won't read more if they are just Brina.
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