Wednesday 22 July 2020

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - Daughter of Chaos by Sarah Rees Brennan

This book was gifted to me by Scholastic UK for an honest review. 

Three days before New Year, and Sabrina has had to make big changes in her life. Leaving behind her friends at Baxter High, including her ex, Harvey, she starts at the Academy of Unseen Arts along with other witches and warlocks.  Now all she needs is a little bit of luck. Unfortunately, she seems to have drawn the attention of a bad luck demon...

If you're looking for the squeaky clean Melissa Hart version of Sabrina, you are definitely looking in the wrong place. This version of Sabrina and her family is so much darker and deliciously so. This is the second book in the series and I didn't feel I needed to have read the first in order to understand this one, but I really want to read it now. Inspired by the Netflix original series, it has a Riverdale/Charmed feel to it. I love the books are separate stories from the actual series, so that you aren't reading what you have already seen. 

Turning her back her on her friends, to concentrate on her studies, Sabrina desperately tries to make new friends, even though she feels lonely and alienated from her old ones. Nick Scratch, is an excellent additional character, as he struggles to tone down his bad warlock reputation and learn the art of mortal love in order to woo Sabrina, who is still pining for adorable witch hunter, Harvey. Nick sets his sights on Harvey,  to help him win Sabrina's affection which is a brilliant yet twisted plot line. However, Harvey and Nick pull off this snarky yet affectionate bro-mance, which was a highlight of the whole story. 

This book is told from multiple view points, allowing you to get an excellent view of how all the characters are feeling. Set over one week, we see Sabrina and her new acquaintances attempt to save the town yet again from a demon determined to turn the mortals and witches against each other. The book has a lot of horror in it, mixed with humour and affection. It covers LGBT+ issues really well too. 

I think Sarah Rees Brennan is the perfect author for these books, as she is brilliant at writing darkness mixed with satire. I would've like the ending to be a bit more explosive as it felt the demon situation was dealt with extremely quickly. However, it didn't stop me really enjoying this book. I can't wait to read Book 3. 

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