Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
I haven’t read many books with mermaids, and I definitely haven’t read a fairy tale retelling for the Little Mermaid so this was just a really fun read! Now, this wasn’t just a Little Mermaid retelling…no. This was a sort of prequel to that! And it was GLORIOUS. I had a lot of fun reading about this tale of friendship and love, and I was honestly surprised with how the tale clicked into place and worked itself into a perfect prequel to the beloved tale!
So for those that don’t know what this is about already (as if I haven’t basically explained it haha), it’s about three friends: Evie, the outcast and best friend, Nik the Prince and sole heir of Havnestad, and Anna, the girl who drowned years ago. Evie and Nik are dealing with tons of guilt, not to mention everything that come with growing up. And of course, there’s a little bit of love, and a <s>little</s> lot of drama, especially when a mysterious newcomer with a stunning resemblance to Anna comes to town. There’s magic and secrets… and I mean… it’s about how Ursula came to be, so who wouldn’t want to read this?
In the beginning, it was a bit confusing for me because you’re kind of just thrown into this world and the names and words sort of swam around my head and I was just a little lost with the foreign words. But once I got used to it, it was really great! I had a lot of fun reading about Evie and Nik’s friendship. Plus, I just really loved Evie and Iker’s banter and fun! The friendship between the three was just fun to see! When Annemette (the doppelganger) shows up, it was really interesting to see the bond between Evie and her, especially because it was so sad seeing Evie long for her old friend Anna.
Without revealing anything, I can tell you that this retelling took me by surprise. I kept reading thinking that I knew what would happen and waiting for things to make sense and when things finally clicked, I couldn’t stop! I couldn’t put the book down! It was exciting and new (at least in my opinion)!
Fans of fairy tales, villain origins, the Lunar Chronicles and the Wrath and the Dawn will love this tale of friendship, love, and magic! If you like mermaids, crazy food fights, secrets and drama, and friends that seriously know how to sneak away from their responsibilities, this should be your next read!