Sea Witch

Sea Witch

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, t...

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Title:Sea Witch
Author:Sarah Henning
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Sea Witch Reviews

  • Lea (drumsofautumn)

    Sea Witch is one of those books that grew on me more and more with every page that I read.

    I started it with excitement because I love The Little Mermaid and Ursula as a villain but also some hesitation because villain origin stories can be repetitive and unoriginal. But

    Sea Witch is one of those books that grew on me more and more with every page that I read.

    I started it with excitement because I love The Little Mermaid and Ursula as a villain but also some hesitation because villain origin stories can be repetitive and unoriginal. But

    This is also one of those books that I have a super hard time doing a review for because it's one that just took my heart by storm. I have a huge emotional connection to it that is hard to put into words.

    Not just that,

    It had some twists and turns and unexpected revelations and in general felt very original. In my personal opinion it didn't go the well-known paths that millions of authors have gone before.

    But obviously with retellings or villain origin stories it always depends a little bit on the picture you have of the fairytale or villain.

    that character to be. So it's hard for me to wholeheartedly recommend this, I just know that I truly loved this and I keep thinking about this story and its characters, days after finishing.

    It's also hard to talk about my expectations and how well they were fulfilled without going into spoiler territory or ruining your reading experience. As I said, I was impressed by this because I thought it went a different route than one might expect from an origin story like this. I think it is an amazing ability to write a story where everybody already knows the ending but constantly have you question how we will get there and what will tip this story over. I had

    until the very end.

    But as I said, not only did it completely meet my expectations, it was first and foremost a book that I was emotionally invested in from the very beginning. And it broke my heart.

    And there's not a lot of books that can do that so effortlessly.

    I know this is not my most conclusive review but it's probably one of the most sincere ones I've ever written. Because while I like all the aspect of this book and I could tell you how great the characters are or how much I liked the setting,

    And there's not always a way to explain why.

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    I wasn’t sure about this when I first started reading it, but I’m so glad I carried on! Around the 40pg mark, I became hooked on the plot. It ended up being hard to put down. Very unique take on the classic story of The Little Mermaid. I think people are going to enjoy this one!

  • Beth

    I'm just going to say I hoped and prayed this was going to be good. Ever since I read

    I was hook line and sinker for any form of a re-telling of The Little Mermaid. I say that but this is the first one I've read since then.

    I'm going to be frank, this is a real slow burn, but I

    that. It really builds up to what is coming. You get the back story of a specific day in the past and it goes backwards and fo

    I'm just going to say I hoped and prayed this was going to be good. Ever since I read

    I was hook line and sinker for any form of a re-telling of The Little Mermaid. I say that but this is the first one I've read since then.

    I'm going to be frank, this is a real slow burn, but I

    that. It really builds up to what is coming. You get the back story of a specific day in the past and it goes backwards and forwards in time.

    As previously mentioned, the build up for me was glorious, it had me second guessing everything, trying to dissect certain things, now I'm not saying that I didn't see some things coming, because I did however in the last few chapters it was just

    it was incredible. I kept think surely this isn't happening, but that's what was so

    .

    So we have

    to start with. They are two best friends, one is a high born Prince and the other is a fisherman's daughter who isn't seen as worthy to be friends with a Prince. I really really enjoyed the friendship between the two of them all though at times you could see it become a little strained. It was really interesting to see Evie learn certain things and she always tries to do things to help the people she cares for. Evie has a tough time with the place she lives and this is where Nik comes in. His protectiveness for Evie made me love him even more! I just couldn't cope with it. I'm sorry to gush, but I can't help it.

    Then we have

    I honestly couldn't figure either one out. I was questioning them both throughout for different reasons. That being said I

    enjoy their characters because it brought more to the story especially seeing things from the characters POVs.

    What I

    - Tante Hansa, I wish we'd seen more of her, but what I did see I was all for

    - The magic system was interesting, especially later on what things came together

    - Witches and Mermaids

    - The back stories, I

    - The loyalty they have for each other!

    - All of the little nods towards The Little Mermaid

    - Literally loved the Epilogue, it was

    interesting

    Overall I really really enjoyed this book, I actually think it's a miracle because normally when I'm super hyped for a book it falls flat, but luckily for me I enjoyed it! I know not everyone can be a fan, but if you can deal with slow (but building) pacing for an

    ending, I'd suggest this.

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    So your girl didn't get an Arc...

    BUT THIS WAS INCREDIBLE!

    Like holy fuck those last few chapters, I can't even cope.

    HOPEFULLY full rtc, cause I've been reading to try and finish because I needed to know everything!

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    Probably won't because I have a million other books, but I'm requesting it.

    May the odds be ever in my favour!

    #prayforbethtogetanarc

  • Emily May

    3 1/2 stars. I gave myself a bit of a headache trying to rate this book. Parts of it were 2 stars, other parts 4/4.5, so in the end I've settled on this. But I will say one thing:

    . I hope it can find the right readers.

    It's really a question of how much patience you have. And how easily you can sit through maritime chapters without falling asle

    3 1/2 stars. I gave myself a bit of a headache trying to rate this book. Parts of it were 2 stars, other parts 4/4.5, so in the end I've settled on this. But I will say one thing:

    . I hope it can find the right readers.

    It's really a question of how much patience you have. And how easily you can sit through maritime chapters without falling asleep. It's a very slowly-paced book, especially during the first two thirds of the story. Any exciting witchy

    goodness you might be expecting happens in the later chapters, and even then it's pretty subdued.

    Though, in many ways,

    is much smarter than I expected for a YA

    retelling. The story is set in 19th Century Denmark and is woven with hundreds of years of Danish history. The Danes, especially under King Christian IV, put many "witches" to death in the 16th and 17th centuries. Henning combines this real fear of witches on land with the story of the sea witch we all know from the Andersen tale (and the Disney remake).

    There are many interesting aspects of what the author has done here. I love that

    ; I love that I googled Øresund Kingdoms and discovered that the Øresund strait is a real thing. I love that it mentioned the infamous "witch" - Maren Spliid.

    The story is about three unlikely childhood friends - Nik (the prince), Anna (now deceased) and Evie (the half-Italian fisherman's daughter). In the present of the story, Nik's near-drowning results in him being saved by a mysterious girl who looks like Anna. She is the beautiful Annemette and Evie quickly befriends her, feeling drawn towards this stranger who looks so like her friend.

    Slowly drawn friendship and romantic dynamics lead toward magical secrets. Annemette is clearly not all she appears to be, but the depths of what she's hiding are indeed dark and full of terrors. This is all set to an atmospheric backdrop of salty air and sea breezes. Henning does a great job of infusing everything with a sea-like essence.

    Also, Nik is a delightful little sweetie. Rarely are male characters allowed to be such starry-eyed romantics and it was adorable, yet not unrealistic.

    Unfortunately, though, it really is slow. I actually wonder if I would have made it through if I hadn't committed to an arc, and I foresee many DNFs on the horizon. It's not a thrills and romance kind of book - it's a gentle wander through history, class divides and the unwarranted fear of witches. The occasional third person chapters also slow down the book. I think

    will work really well for the right sort of reader, but I think the majority of readers will pick this up expecting something it doesn't deliver.

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  • Natalie Monroe

    Sea Witch is marketed as a villain origin story, namely the sea witch from The Little Mermaid. Being the weird kid in the murder corner, I eagerly requested on Edelweiss, thinking it'd be a dark and transgressive retelling along the lines of Marissa Meyer's

    or

    . What I got instead was

    The story does largely unf

    Sea Witch is marketed as a villain origin story, namely the sea witch from The Little Mermaid. Being the weird kid in the murder corner, I eagerly requested on Edelweiss, thinking it'd be a dark and transgressive retelling along the lines of Marissa Meyer's

    or

    . What I got instead was

    The story does largely unfold the same way as the original tale: a mermaid saves a prince, then goes on land to try to win his heart in four days. If she fails, she'll be turned to sea form. A human witch called Evelyn narrates the novel, with third-person chapters recounting the past. The mermaid Annamette bears a striking resemblance to Evelyn's best friend who drowned four years ago and she naturally wants to persevere Annamette's life.

    Honestly, Sea Witch didn't start getting interesting until the 60% mark, when a twist kicks things into high gear. The writing doesn't help either. It's difficult to explain, but it

    in places, plugging descriptives when they're unnecessary and weigh down a sentence.

    Most of the novel has a

    , focusing on Evelyn's struggle with her low birth and her friendship with the prince Nik. There are also lots of insights into Danish history and culture, the country The Little Mermaid originated from.

    Sea Witch will appeal to a certain kind of reader, but it failed to hook me in. (Fish pun intended)

  • Hamad

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    🌟 I learned to go into books without high expectations because the end result will be better whatever it is. But The little mermaid retelling? I am lying if I say that I didn’t raise up the bar a bit!

    🌟 I recently read To kill a kingdom and that book was very good, it is getting much attention and for The little mermaid fans, it is actually a very good

    You can find this review and other non-spoilery reviews

    🌟 I learned to go into books without high expectations because the end result will be better whatever it is. But The little mermaid retelling? I am lying if I say that I didn’t raise up the bar a bit!

    🌟 I recently read To kill a kingdom and that book was very good, it is getting much attention and for The little mermaid fans, it is actually a very good retelling! Now I don’t know if this can be called a retelling because that was only found after like 80% of the story. Actually this was the biggest problem in this series: nothing pretty much happens till 70% of the story. Now this is not a bad book, but it starts out good and then things start to get slow and there is dragging till the above mentioned part! I can see why people won’t be motivated to continue this in early parts, so if you want the good parts in this book, you have to be tolerant/patient.

    🌟 The writing style is good. Not so special but it held my attention enough to make me finish this. There were a few quotes that I like too.

    🌟 The characters are well-written. Once again, nothing too special and by that I mean I didn’t add them to a favorite list or any list in mind, I believe they are the kind that is good but won’t stick with me for a long time.

    🌟 Summary: There are many Mermaids stories now and they are increasing too. Sea witch is not the best one of them, but it is a good story if you wait enough. The last 20-30% made me happy. There were literal quotes from the Little mermaid movie, I know some scenes by heart and that’s why I got excited reading them. The majority of the book is 3 stars for me, the final parts were 4 and 5 stars. So the final Rating from me will be 3.5 stars!

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  • Riley

    this was just....not good.

    reasons why this book did not work for me:

    -there was no plot up until the last 50ish pages

    -the characters were flat with zero development

    -the two male characters were completely interchangeable

    -the romances were the worst cases of insta love I've ever seen

    -when the plot finally picked up all the characters became different people out of nowhere

    overall this book was just flat out boring

  • C.G. Drews

    It was thoroughly not what I expected and the beginning had me slowly drowning...but that ending. THAT ENDING. The plot twists! The vengeance! The magic! The stabbing! It was so freaking good!

    Like I went in expecting a sea witch origin story, but we get Evie, who is the actual sweetest Hufflepuff witch...she's a mistrusted outcast, but also BFF with the crown prince. (Th

    It was thoroughly not what I expected and the beginning had me slowly drowning...but that ending. THAT ENDING. The plot twists! The vengeance! The magic! The stabbing! It was so freaking good!

    Like I went in expecting a sea witch origin story, but we get Evie, who is the actual sweetest Hufflepuff witch...she's a mistrusted outcast, but also BFF with the crown prince. (They're just friiiiends tho...yes. I have heard

    one before.) And then the story unravelled this slow romance-centric plot, where mostly they just talked and participated in a festival and had a love-square that was very polite.

    ....

    things went down.

    Seriously the last 100 pages were epic and I wish the beginning had captivated me as much, but at the same time?? I understand it had to build up to it? I just was a little bored lmao I am so sorry.

    Basically we have four main characters:

    (fisherman's daughter and nobody and secret witch) and

    (crown prince and BFF of Evie) and

    (Nik's cousin, also a prince, somehow a whaler?? but apparently a player), and lastly

    who is a mermaid turned human and must win Nik's love or pERISH...she also resembles their dead friend Anna who drowned 4 years ago, but Annamette is a mermaid.

    Like dude, I ship them all with each other though. Except the princes, they are cousins. But Evie/Anna had an epic "hey if the prince things doesn't work I'LL DO ANYTHING TO SAVE YOU" thing going on that was amazing. And Nik/Evie are like "yeah we're just friends" (me @ laughing hysterically in the background) while Iver/Evie are kissing in the garden and she's swooning for him.

    It had TWISTS too, which was epic. Although Nik was about as dynamic as pebble, but he was a sweetie?? And Iver

    .

    Even though the beginning really didn't do anything for me. I'm just so pleased by the direction it turned mwhahaha.

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