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ARC Review: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Length: 368 pages
Published on 31st July 2018 by HarperCollins
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Sarah Henning: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eARc recieved from the publisher via NetGalley

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.

I first saw Sea Witch listed on EW and was its about time you try this website. I was declined within a day.

So when I saw it pop up on NetGalley I expected the same… however that wasn’t the case! I got lucky and was approved.

The opening prologue was amazing, it grabbed me and I was so excited to know more about this world and the weird black stuff.

But then the story started and I’m going to be honest with you… it took 50% for the bit to intrigue me show back up. So I was a little disappointed about that.

I wanted to love this story but from what I already mentioned and the fact I kept getting the two girls confused in the flashbacks it made it a little hard to fully love it.

Luckily though the story itself did keep me hooked and I wanted to know how things were going to play out.

Sea Witch is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, making it the third I’ve read this year. It’s also a story about friendships. Anna, Evie, and Nik are best friends even though they come from very different lives. Anna drowns very early on in the story which leaves Evie and Nik mourning their friendship but also supporting and looking after each other.

Nik is the crown prince and Evie is an outcast who’s mother is dead, and lives with her aunt – their local healer, who is a witch but allowed to stay because they feign ignorance as she’s saved the Kings life.

Growing up whilst mourning your best friend turns out to be really difficult without all the political nonsense behind why your friendship can’t exist too.

So should a random girl (Annemette) show up looking just like your dead best friend, its pretty easy to turn the other cheek and enjoy this new found friendship.

I did really like how Evie and Annemettes friendship grew throughout the whole book. Their final scenes together were pretty emotional.

I also like how this Little Mermaid retelling is moreso about the creation of Ursula. I think those scenes were dark, harrowing, and so full of emotion.

So we know I loved the ending, the start, the story and characters but we haven’t touched upon my biggest gripe with this book. The gripe that knocked it down a full star.

In the last …15%? of this book a character does a full 180 on thier personality. It somewhat makes sense as Evie gains perspective on her life she hints at knowing this person isn’t as truthful and isn’t her answer to life.

But the very extreme actions they take at the end of the book is like 25003942 steps up from “hey they might be a bit of a playboy”.

Someone in this scene has to draw the guards attention and yes this character is the most obvious choice in this setting. However, it still felt pretty forced for me and a change of location could’ve easily added in another character overhearing and thus calling the guards to action.

I had whiplash guys. I was so confused.

I still really liked this book though. Its just one of those where you’re like oh man I like it! but I wish it had my ending instead!

Like you’ll recommend it to people, but with a bit of a heads up.

Anyway guys, thats all from me today. The cover is amazing and no doubt I’ll end up purchasing a copy to add to my mermaid corner.

3.5 stars / 5 stars
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16 thoughts on “ARC Review: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning”

  1. Great review and thanks for sharing your experience reading the book. This is one of the books I am most anticipating this month and am looking forward to giving it a read when it is released, but I may wait for an eBook sale instead of rushing to nab the hardback once my book ban lifts. 😉

  2. I think I requested it on both places too but I was denied on both :/ Definitely on EW.

    Hah, I see you read a lot of Little Mermaid retellings too :D I love them as well, I hope I never get sick of them.

    I’m sorry the ending wasn’t very satisfying :/ I’m still planning to read this so I’m curious what I’ll think about it.

    also: YOU HAVE A MERMAID CORNER? Pictures!

  3. Ah, hell. This was on my list, but not any more! I guess I can forgive you for Psy High now. ;)

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