Title: Sea Witch
Author: Sarah Henning
Series: Sea Witch #1
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling
My rating: 3/5 stars
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.
Reading is a little bit slow this July, and this is only my third book this month! Got this book from a book subscription box last year and I’ve only read this now! *cries* I know, I know, I’m sorry! But hey, I finally read it!
This is a good read, and although I wasn’t totally hooked in the early parts of the book, the climax and the ending did it for me!
The writing was okay for me, although, it did feel like a hit or miss. Sometimes, it was great and gripping, but sometimes I am indifferent about it.
I have to say though, I love how the author told the story in an alternating past and present perspectives. I love how in every past memory, there are secrets to be discovered, and every little detail in these memories just added up into the climax.
The characters were okay as well, however, I wasn’t too invested in them. I liked Evie enough and I was suspicious of Annemette ever since the beginning. Nik is great as well, and I love his and Evie’s friendship and chemistry! Iker, on the other hand, is quite interesting in a way that he has the usual playboy characteristics yet he is incredibly protective and loyal.
The plot was okay. I wasn’t hooked with the earlier parts of the story though. It just seemed a little silly, specifically the parts where they’re to make the prince fall in love
(but maybe that’s just because I’m not too fond of romance-centered plots like this haha!).
The climax and the ending is what I enjoyed the most. By the time I was reading the climax, I was gripping the book so close to my face with no care in the world. I wanted to know the truth, I wanted to know more about the antagonist’s plans, the main characters’ reactions, everything. I’m also oddly satisfied with the ending. It’s definitely not the usual happy ending, but I quite liked it.
Quotes from the book
I am a witch. I am and I always will be. The magic is in me and it is enough.
Though magic can shape life and death, love is the one thing it cannot control.
“Don’t grant all the prince’s requests, darling girl. Men are always asking for more than they should.”
“My heart is not mine to give because it is already yours.”
“Everything about love is dangerous.”
Overall, I enjoyed this retelling and I’m definitely open for more in the future! How about you guys? Have you read this book? What did you think? Know any other fairy tale/Little Mermaid retelling?