I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
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.
The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.
Sea Witch was a book that I could NOT put down, it drew me in and I ended up reading it start to finish in a couple of days. I loved the way this story was told and the various flashbacks interposed throughout the main storyline, it helped move the story along and they were an integral part of the book. Which is important because sometimes, they can feel as though they’re filler content, which I hate. I loved the characters and the way they all end up entwining together, plus the ending of the book has to be one of the most heartbreaking moments I’ve read.
I think the shining point of Sea witch is that it takes such a well-known story, The Little Mermaid, and turns it into something completely new and exciting. I thought the characters throughout this story were well written and developed. Each had their own flaws and needs within the plot, it was very well put together and I thought the romance element was well done and completely believable. Which is something that I sometimes find in YA especially, nobody loves a couple that just shouldn’t have been together. I didn’t seem to have that problem here.
I also think that the setting is well worth a mention, for someone who has never been anywhere near Denmark or Norway and has no idea about the landscape or culture. The way that Sea Witch builds the world around these two countries and culture is so well done, I could almost feel the sea and wind hit me in the face. I was really impressed with how well the setting was not only described beautifully but also played a huge part in the story. I just couldn’t believe how well the surrounding area was described and how big of an impact it made on the story!
I would totally recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fairytale retelling with a twist. This book does it all. I was so impressed with how unique the storyline was, in fact, and I completely forgot it was a Little Mermaid book halfway through. The story is subtle but well done and I don’t think anyone would be disappointed in the way this book develops or ends!
Will you be adding Sea Witch to your pre-order list? Do fairytale retellings draw you in? Let me know in the comments!b