Book Review Of “Sea Witch” By Sarah Henning @harperteen @booksparks @shhenning #katherinetegenbooks #readingbythesea2018
Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Booksparks and Harper Teen for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 5 out of 5 Stars.
Damn, I love YA! This book is everything I love about Retellings. Something that closely resembles what you know of the original, but then takes on a voice of its own. I was reading this, and I was so swept up in the story, and then I’d hit a certain part in the book, and was reminded that this was a Little Mermaid and Ursula story, and then I read some more, I needed to see where this story was going, I needed to see what happened with Evie, Iker, Annemette, and Nik.
If anyone knows me well, they know that I love the bad guy in YA, always have, always will. Now that is not saying there is a bad guy in this book, I just always tend to love the guy who is rough around the edges. I have so much I want to say about these four characters, but I can’t because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. But I will say I love “Ursula” and “The Little Mermaid” is a beezy.
I loved the world building in this book, I loved the gowns, the balls, the fairy tale aspect, the humor, the darkness, this book had a little bit of everything, for every reader. And I will say that the reason Ursula becomes Ursula was something I didn’t see coming. It was heart breaking, emotional, and beautiful. I appreciated that there was no Insta love, and that the friendships and relationships in this book were well-developed over a time span of years.
Overall, I am totally in love with this book, and it has honestly made writing this review so hard, because everything I want to gush about, would spoil the book for all of you! So take my word on this, and read this book. I loved the magic, I loved the witches, I loved the fight between light and dark.
“Though magic can shape life and death, love is the one thing it cannot control”