Book Review: SeaWitch


Author: Sarah Henning

Genre: YA retelling ( little mermaid), Fantasy, mythology

Finished or DNF: Finished

Rating:3 don’t know how to feel stars

E-arc provided by Netgalley

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Pages : 368

Publication date : July 31st 2018

GR synopsis
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 review
This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion. Opinions are mine and mine alone. Also please note that just because this book did not work for me doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for you. p.s.s: this is not a book bashing.( think about a relationship its not you its maybe me)
As far as retelling go this is the first little mermaid one i have read, i’m sure we are all familiar with beauty and the beast and Cinderella retelling, keep ’em coming authors we love that.
In this little mermaid retelling, the author tells the origin of Ursula. Four friends, one dead, two princes and one a witch. The book starts with a flash back giving us a bit of a background to work with before getting deep into the story.
I confess that i Booked unicorn, Queen of Unicorns ( in Nigeria) was drawn to this book because of the cover. ( please don’t boo me). When the mysterious girl that showed up i felt it would have been better without her, i just wanted to sea how Evie held up at the end. But i was wrong because it turned out she was absolutely vital to the story and boy oh boy… prepare your heart for betrayal.
some parts were interesting and some were just….indescribable ( is that a word? Holy potatoes i need to check if thats a word) I tried to read fast so that i could finish up quickly. Now throw away every la di da Disney ever sold you and picture a more disturbing and tragic story Tah dah!!!! you get the Seawitch.
What is did enjoy was the bloody twist in my opinion it was properly packaged with the perfect wtf to go with you tea…and oh the heartbreak. I mean the end is sad but it’s meant to be no matter how much you wish for a time machine.
I rated it three stars because i have mixed feelings, i liked it but then there’s that lingering i don’t know if i liked it at the end.

So yeah….this review is exactly what was going on in my head while i was reading the book. If you have read it and you enjoyed lemme know in the comments, if you are like me and you are in a weird place also about the book let me know.


5 thoughts on “Book Review: SeaWitch”

  1. I hoard retellings, especially Disney and fairy tales related, so this is on my TBR. But most people feel like you, that they liked it, but also didn’t. So, now I’m officially on the fence and will probably stew over reading this one for a while. I’ll be sure to see what my own opinion will be since reviews have been so mixed. Thank you for sharing your review!! Loved it! ☺


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