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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning Review


Title:  Sea Witch
Series: a novel
Author: Sarah Henning
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 368 pages
Publication Date: July 31st, 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Edition: audiobook
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling, mythology, mermaids

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | AmazonIndie Bound | Barnes & Noble Audible 

I borrowed the audiobook from Hoopla with my library card because the cover is beautiful.

Synopsis:

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.

Main Characters

  1. Anna- fair haired, came from noble family, drowned in the Ocean by accident
  2. Evelyn (Evie)- dark haired daughter of a royal fisherman, outsider
  3. Prince Nik- crown prince of Havenstad - grew up friends with Anna and Evie
  4. Prince Iker- Crown Prince of Rigeby Bay , Nik's cousin
  5. Annamette- mermaid that saves Nik in a storm
  6. Tante Hansa- witch and royal physician, Evelyn's aunt 

Plot

Told mostly from Evie's POV, a teen girl with magic in her bloodline, 4 years after the death of her childhood friend Anna. Evie grew up as best friends with the crowned prince Nik because of her witch aunt saving the life of the King and her father being the royal fisherman. This unlikely duo gives her access to his dreamy cousin, Prince Iker, as well as scorn from other court ladies that constantly remind Evie of her place.  On Prince Nik's birthday a freak storm came in washing up Annamette, a mermaid that looks a lot like an older version of Anna. Only Evie knows the Annamette's magical mermaid secret, that she has legs for 4 days to win the heart of her prince and get true love's kiss or she dies.

"The sea is a fickle witch. She is just as likely to bestow a kiss as to steal the breath from your lips."


Setting

19th Century Havenstad, Denmark - a port city in both present tense and from 4 years ago telling the story of the day Anna drowned.

Theme

Origin story of the Sea Witch (Ursula) from the Little Mermaid

What did I like about the book?

I've never had the foods described in the book but they sound like something I'd try. I enjoyed the references to Denmark traditions and customs. I love fairytale retellings and villain origin stories. I think the author did a great job showing the Sea Witch as the protagonist of her own story while believably becoming the villain in the beloved Little Mermaid story. With magic forbidden and Evie constantly having to hide a huge part of herself, its nice to see her gain confidence. After Annamette saves Evie's best friend, how could they not become fast friends bonding over magic and love for the same boy? She's been secretly blessing ships for safe voyages and bountiful harvests for years but Annamette makes it fun.  The hatred/fear of witches from the townspeople to the point of witches hunted down and killed adds drama and impacts everyone.



What did I not like about the book? N/A

It was a slow burn- that isn't necessarily a bad thing though.

Date Started/Finished : August 30th -  September 2nd, 2018


Recommend? YES

Do you love the Little Mermaid? Do you love retellings? Do you love villain origin stories? If yes to any of these- this book is for you!
Rating: 5/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings : 5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend


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