Narrator: Billie Fulford-Brown
Series: Sea Witch #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on July 31, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Length: 8 hr 28 min
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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.
No one in town likes Evie and she blames herself for the death of her friend, Anna. But then one day she meets a girl who looks just like Anna. In order to keep Anna with her though, Evie needs to use magic and magic is forbidden.
Honestly, with Sea Witch I think I expected more. I had seen this book online a lot the last few months. It kept popping up so when that happens I’ll typically pick it up to see what the deal is. This was by no means bad, and I’m willing to give the sequel a go when it comes out later this year but this wasn’t fantastic.
I feel like I was supposed to be really invested in one of relationships in Sea Witch, but I really never was. I feel so meh about most of this book though, I’m not even really disappointed about that.
This is a retelling of Ursula’s tale and I did try to guess where the author was going with this. I couldn’t figure out how to she was going to tie that in. I was pleasantly surprised with how that entire situation panned out. I actually really did enjoy Henning’s twist to this particular tale.
All in all, this was a solid book but didn’t really hit the sweet spot for me. If the synopsis sounds interesting to you though, don’t be afraid to give it a go!