The fairy tale you thought you knew…
The story of the Sea Witch, the villainess from Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale The Little Mermaid, told from the viewpoint of the Sea Witch when she was a twelve-year-old girl…
Evie has been wracked with guilt ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned. So when a girl appears on shore with an uncanny resemblance to Anna, Ev...more
The sea is a fickle witch.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.
She is just as likely to bestow a kiss as to steal the breath from your lips.
It's really a question of how much patience you have. And how easily you can sit through maritime chapters without falling as ...more
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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 😊
Mel 🖤🐺🐾 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
“IT’S A PERFECT NIGHT FOR BURNING WITCHES.”
🌟 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 ...more
“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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 😁.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
TW: drowning/near drowning ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...
WOW DID THIS DRAG ON AND FEEL LIKE A CONFUSED MUDDLE OF DULLNESS!!!!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...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.
Everyone who sends an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by end ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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