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I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Published by HarperAudio on July 31st, 2018
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Retellings, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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Wicked meets The Little Mermaid in this thrilling young adult fantasy debut that reimagines the origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess.
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. She can't stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, without Evie's help. But when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend's humanity-and her prince's heart-she discovers, too late, what she's bargained away.
I wrote some quick thoughts on Sea Witch on the Favorite Audiobook post – but I feel like this book needs just a bit more attention. Books that leave me in wonder for weeks after finishing need the love!
Villains have a special place in my heart. I don’t feel all were born “evil,” but something happened to veer them on another path. The back story into their lives fascinate me, so I was looking forward to reading this one as soon as I saw it for request.
First off, this is a very refreshing re-imagining of The Little Mermaid’s villain Ursula. It, obviously, has similarities to The Little Mermaid, but Evie’s story is very original and carries a lot more emotion and twists to it. Told in alternating past and present POVs, we get a captivating story of 3 best friends. Lies, secrets, betrayal, and love, woven together with such beautiful storytelling you can’t put down.
This is much more of a character driven novel over plot, slow at times but necessary for a closer look at each character. I adored all the characters, especially Evie and Nick. I loved how close they were, regardless of their status in their town. Also, how they bonded and gotten even closer after the death of their friend, Anna. I do think Evie’s guilt drove a lot of her actions throughout her life, which, in addition to harboring another secret so close, couldn’t have been easy.
Since I listened to the audio, I have to mention Billie Fulford-Brown. The narration was amazing. She brought out the emotions of each character, especially Evie. It’s a personal thing, but I like to listen to books on 1.25x speed if I am able, and I’m glad it didn’t make her voice distorted. Her voice is just lovely.
The epilogue is probably my favorite part of the book. It really hit me like a punch in the gut with all the feels! Seriously, pick this one up. It’s beautiful, heartbreaking and just lovely. Highly recommend.
Tell me your thoughts
Have you read/listen to Sea Witch? If so, what are your thoughts? Similar to mine?
What is one “villain” you’d LOVE to get a back story on, and why?
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