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Sea Witch

(Sea Witch #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  13,590 ratings  ·  3,072 reviews
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, t
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May
The sea is a fickle witch.
She is just as likely to bestow a kiss as to steal the breath from your lips.
3 1/2 stars. I gave myself a bit of a headache trying to rate this book. Parts of it were 2 stars, other parts 4/4.5, so in the end I've settled on this. But I will say one thing: this book is probably not what you are expecting. I hope it can find the right readers.

It's really a question of how much patience you have. And how easily you can sit through maritime chapters without falling as
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I decided to make my own painted edges. They are not great, but I love them! I used purple to go with the purple in her eyes!

Book & Poster Below

A million stars for the cover and the poster I got in one of my book boxes and got laminated!

I liked the story! I didn't love it to death as I'm not a big fan of The Little Mermaid. But who cares, it was good enough for now and I'm glad plenty love it 😊

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
I wasn’t sure about this when I first started reading it, but I’m so glad I carried on! Around the 40pg mark, I became hooked on the plot. It ended up being hard to put down. Very unique take on the classic story of The Little Mermaid. I think people are going to enjoy this one!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
this was just....not good.

reasons why this book did not work for me:
-there was no plot up until the last 50ish pages
-the characters were flat with zero development
-the two male characters were completely interchangeable
-the romances were the worst cases of insta love I've ever seen
-when the plot finally picked up all the characters became different people out of nowhere

overall this book was just flat out boring
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!

She knew that with power, the bravery to act would come.

I'm just going to say I hoped and prayed this was going to be good. Ever since I read To Kill a Kingdom I was hook line and sinker for any form of a re-telling of The Little Mermaid. I say that but this is the first one I've read since then. Anyway I'm going to be frank, this is a real slow burn, but I loved that. It really builds up to what is coming. You get the back story of a specific day in the past and it goes backwards and fo
You can find this review and other non-spoilery reviews @ The Book Prescription

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars


🌟 I learned to go into books without high expectations because the end result will be better whatever it is. But The little mermaid retelling? I am lying if I say that I didn’t raise up the bar a bit!


🌟 I recently read To kill a kingdom and that book was very good, it is getting much attention and for The little mermaid fans, it is actually a very goo
Natalie Monroe
“Magic was barter—the right words, actions, potions for the right result.”

Well, that was... unexpected.

Sea Witch is marketed as a villain origin story, namely the sea witch from The Little Mermaid. Being the weird kid in the murder corner, I eagerly requested on Edelweiss, thinking it'd be a dark and transgressive retelling along the lines of Marissa Meyer's Heartless or Fairest. What I got instead was a quiet, rather literary novel about friendship and social class.

The story does largely u
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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Sea Witch is one of those books that grew on me more and more with every page that I read.
I started it with excitement because I love The Little Mermaid and Ursula as a villain but also some hesitation because villain origin stories can be repetitive and unoriginal. But what I got out of Sea Witch was incredibly special!

“I could tell her that it's like the tang of summer wine and the sound of arrival bells as a new ship docks. Like the scent of salt and limes and the
alana ♡
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, retelling
I was so excited for this book and it turned out to be a major bummer. The Little Mermaid was my jam back in the day (it still is, if we're being honest), so imagine my excitement when I found out that 2018 would bring me not one, but TWO Little Mermaid retellings. Psyched isn't even the word. Unfortunately, this fell short for me in so many places. This review is definitely going to be on the shorter side because I just really don't want to rehash all the disappointment I felt while reading thi ...more
Iben Frederiksen
So... Sea Witch.. Alright.

Sea Witch is a kind of retelling of the classic fairytale of the Little Mermaid - with a twist. The story focuses on the girl Evie, a witch who is best friends with the young Prince Nik, and the story tells of how she turns into the sea monster Ursula, kind of.

I bought this back when the book first came out, and was pretty excited to read it, but then some months later, it's rating had dropped a bunch and I had read some reviews that made me kind of regret to have even
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
I was really torn about this book. I didn’t LOVE it but it kept me entertained and intrigued enough to push through until the end. It was the last hundred pages or so that really made this book great. Besides that, it probably would’ve been a solid 2/5 stars for me.

I am a HUGE mermaid fan. I love everything and anything mermaid and The Little Mermaid is and always will be my favorite fairytale. That being said, my expectations were very high considering I haven’t actually read a mermaid book tha
I read this book as part of 'For Love of a Book' group's September Buddy Read.

I haven't read many re-tellings of old fairy tales so far but this was a good one--what a clever take to the Little Mermaid tale this was! ❤️ And that cover picture is absolutely gorgeous 😍!

Oh and here is the badge 😁.

Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

Thank you Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen books for sending me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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

Urusla is possibly one of my favorite villains, and finding out that this was a Little Mermaid/Ursula retelling just got me extra excited to get my hands on this book.

The start of this book seemed interesting. I’m not the kind of person who gets bored easily when it
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
pre read: wait- you mean a story about my fAVORITE VILLAIN ON THIS EARTH, URSULA? someone find a pen and sign me uP (pleasepleaseplease let this be everything I'm hoping for rn)

aug.19: okay, im here. we’re about to read this. It sounds extremely soul crushing, so I’ve been delaying this read, but we’re finally going to do it.

post-read: wow. Someone please remind me to never read a retelling of a fairy tale if the ending ends up sad. I never want to deal with this pain again
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-3
Evie lives off a cold strait between Denmark and Sweden where the water is where you earn a living, and mermaids steal those you love. She has magical powers, but must keep them a secret so she isn’t burned alive. Friendships play a huge part in this delightful fairy tale, between Evie and her lost friend Anna, Nick, the crown prince, and Eiken, his cousin. When a storm sweeps Nick overboard, Evie is sure she’s seen a ghost bending over Nick’s body on the beach. But before she can get there, the ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Sea Witch follows the story of Evie, a twelve year old girl drawn to the dark powers of the sea after the tragic drowning of her best friend Anna. We follow Evie on her journey from girl to young woman, wrapped up in the exploits of her two love interests, as she meets a mysterious young woman by the shore who looks just like her former best friend, and becomes determined to make amends for the past.

There’s no denying this is
Trina (Between Chapters)
I really liked this! I don't read many retellings anymore, and especially not many about mermaids so I don't have much to compare this to though. It did take me a few chapters to get into - until we actually meet a mermaid. A lot of it did feel predictable, especially considering the title, but it played well with elements from the original Hans Christian Andersen tale and the Disney movie, and overall I did enjoy myself.

TW: drowning/near drowning
jessica ☾
Aug 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I must be reading a completely different book than everyone else, but this seriously sucked. I felt like the characters had zero personality, and what parts of the book I forced myself to trudge through seemed like filler and lacked any substance. As someone who loves retellings, this was a major disappointment.
The audio was so freaking good!

Sea Witch was such a fun audio. I'm actually really happy it was Book of the Month for Challenge Corner. In this book, you will meet a girl named Evie. She has always been drawn to the sea (like Moana or Ariel's daughter from the second Little Mermaid movie). However, after a terrible accident that involved her best friend Anna drowning she has tried to stay away from it. Of course, things don't go smoothly for her throughout the book because there are way too many
♛ may
book #2 completed! for the reading rush, under the challenge of: "read a book with a non-human main character"

things i didn't love about this book:
- the characters are flat, the playboy prince and the sweet prince have the some personality and are basically interchangeable
- the book didn't ACTUALLY sart until 80%, honestly it felt like the same fact we knew just kept getting reiterated A MILLION TIMES
- the mc is too boring to have everyone in love with her. oh!! there it is, i said it
- i w
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Lol this book is such a mess!!!

It aims to give an origin story to the Sea Witch from Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid and yes, it succeeds. The ending is a lot of trashtastic fun... But getting there...

What I did like is how this book echoed the original tale with a mermaid named Annemette coming to land to try and make the boy she loves, the crown prince Nik, feel the same way about her. But the spin here is that t
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
When I saw that this was Ursula's story before The Little Mermaid, I knew I had to request it (I also ordered a book box with it).  I love anything with mermaids and The Little Mermaid is a favorite.

This book really surprised me.  I'm not sure what I really expected, but I really liked this one a lot.

Evie is a poor girl with two best friends above her class.  Anna and Nik.  Nik is a prince and really shouldn't be playing with Evie, but his father made an exception because Evie's aunt has healed
An origin story for The Little Mermaid’s villain Ursula? Yes, please! I can’t help but have a special place in my heart for Ursula because that’s what I was almost named. Of course, the famous Disney movie came out in ‘89, and in the classic tale, the sea witch did not have a name. So the urge to name me Ursula was purely a German thing and thankfully it wasn’t my name because in elementary school, kids would’ve had a field day with this. Anyway..the name Ursula isn’t actually present in the sto ...more
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e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

DNF-ed at 37% :(

Ever since her best friend, Anna, died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt. Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly, Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend harbors secrets of her own.
Sarah Henning
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I absolutely loved writing this book and I hope all of you enjoy it as well! I've been blown away by the amount of support this book has received from booksellers (ABA Indies Introduce!) and early readers—I really couldn't ask for more.

That said, I wanted to give a little something back to you darling readers, so please see the space below for preorder prize pack details and a list of my Sea Witch-related events.



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Wow this book, I'm trying to form more words to express my love for this book but I'm just at awe that I can't form any at the moment. I highly recommend this one. And I'll most definitely reread it soon. ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning is a young adult fantasy that is loosely based on The Little Mermaid. Being a fan of retellings and new takes on the stories I love this take on the origins of Ursula was right up my alley.

Evie is the daughter of a fisherman but not just any fisherman but the fisherman for the royal family. So while Evie was not upper class herself she had grown up with the royal children and became best friends with Nik, the prince. Nik and Evie had lost another good friend of theirs,
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
First I have to mention that this is the most beautiful and mesmerizing cover ever!!! I really loved this, it was just the right book at just the right time and I couldn't seem to put it down!

Full review can be found on my blog, here.

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✨ elsa ✨
Jun 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Buddy Read with the loveliest Hamad.
DNF @ 39%

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing an advanced reader's copy of Sea Witch by Sarah Henning. All opinions are my own and as honest as they can be.

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

This book is just a whole mess. I have been anticipating to read it since it was announced, and I just had to have it because it was a Little Merm
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Borrowed a copy from my local library!

I'm not going to lie, I was left feeling quite disappointed by the end of Sea witch. I absolutely love retellings and The Little Mermaid is something I grew up with as a child. But ultimately, the constant switching back and forth between the past and the present day left me confused and a lack of connection with Evie and Anna as characters. In this novel, the main character Evie is a witch but must hide her true identity, which is tricky since she is friend
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