January 25, 2021

#BookReview: Sea Witch (Sea Witch #1) by Sarah Henning






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.



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Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: I enjoyed this retelling of the little mermaid. While the story was rather slow for parts of the book I found myself enjoying it. I loved that it had Danish history incorporated in it. I loved how both Evil and Nik remained so loyal and good throughout the story unlike Anna/Annamette and Iker. I was a little sad over the way it ended but knowing that Evie was supposed to be the villain in the story should have given me a clue there'd be no HEA for her. I do feel like this could be a stand alone novel instead of a series though. As much as I enjoyed it I'm not sure if I'll read the rest of the series or not. 









Review

“This book reminded me of the magic inherently present in the best kinds of stories. Mystery and wonder abounds in SEA WITCH, and I fell in love with Evie’s sharpness and her strong sense of self. Prepare to be lost in these pages for hours on end.” (Renée Adieh, #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of The Wrath and The Dawn)

“Henning’s dive into Little Mermaid lore is equal parts dark and tantalizing. Like the sea it sings of, this story has a strong pull. I found myself unable to set it down!” (Ryan Graudin, award-winning author of Wolf by Wolf)

“All hail a new Queen of the Sea! Mystery, romance and revenge sweep you in—and there is magic on every page.” (Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die)

“Deftly transforming a fairy tale into a richly layered exploration of culture and relationships, Henning tells the origin story of the Sea Witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid.’” (Publishers Weekly)

“Readers who gobble up every watery paranormal story will certainly enjoy this angst-drenched tale of forbidden love.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This enjoyable read will entertain and be a great fit for collections where fairy-tale retellings are popular.” (School Library Journal)

“This spin on “The Little Mermaid” is full of plot twists and heart-in-throat action.
Fans of twisted fairy tales will find plenty to love.” (ALA Booklist)

About the Author

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, the Kansas City Star, and the Associated Press, among others. When not hunched over her computer, she runs ultramarathons, hangs out with her husband, Justin, and goes on absurdly long walks with her two adorable kids. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, hometown of Langston Hughes, William S. Burroughs, and a really good basketball team. Sea Witch is her first novel and is followed by Sea Witch Rising. You can visit her online at www.sarahhenningwrites.com.









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