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- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (31 July 2018)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07916NK4P
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"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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Sarah Henning is a journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, the Kansas City Star, and the Associated Press, among others. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids, and hangs out with her husband, Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Henning now lives in Lawrence, Kansas.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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‘The sea is forever defined by its tide, give and take the measure of its barter. In magic, as in life, the sea does not give its subjects lightly-payment is required, the value equivalent, no matter the ask. A shell, a fish, a pearl of the greatest brilliance-non can be taken without a debt to be paid.’
Then it takes a very dark unexpected turn and I ended up really enjoying it! There are so many twists and turns towards the end that you don't see coming. This is also definitely a dark book.
If you are having trouble with it in the beginning, just wait. Trust me.
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Sea Witch follows Evie, the daughter of a Fisherman and her best friend Prince Nik. The two are still reeling from the drowning of their friend Anna several years previously, so when Evie discovers a young woman who looks exactly like Anna, she immediately agrees to help her – but who is this mysterious girl and why does she look so much like the friend that drowned all those years ago?
This story was completely different to what I was expecting. It’s a clever tale that brings a really fresh perspective to a story that has been reimagined so many times before. It’s got plenty of twists and turns and the story is well paced – really allowing you to get to know the characters and the world.
I really enjoyed the setting in this story, the seaside Kingdom, beautiful scenery and twisting waves were all really brought to life in the story. I liked the characters too – they were well fleshed out and I thought Evie made an excellent protagonist. There were some plot points that I felt were a little predictable but I still enjoyed the overall execution of the story. The story jumps in time with each chapter containing a scene relating to the past and the friendship between Anna, Evie and Nik. I really liked this as it gave the reader the opportunity to get to know the characters and see how Evie and Nik cope with the loss of their friend.
The one negative I have about this book is the romance aspect. There are several romances taking place throughout the course of the story and I did feel that there wasn’t all that much to them. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone so I won’t name characters but the romances felt a bit forced, meaning I had less of an interest in the characters getting together. Despite this I still enjoyed the overall conclusion, and thought the ending was particularly well done.
Sea Witch is a really dark and fascinating tale, and if you’re a fan of retellings, you’re definitely going to want to try this one. There’s a second book coming in August, so you won’t have too long to wait to find out what’s in store next.
Quase dei cinco estrelas. Foi por muito pouco e talvez nem seja muito justo da minha parte, já que o que me incomodou foi ele ser uma releitura da história da Ursula da Pequena Sereia. Eu adorei como a autora fez referências para a história original e para a da Disney desde o começo, mas não queria que o final encaixasse tão bem assim. Se ela só tivesse feito uma história de sereias inspirada, eu teria gostado bem mais.
Além disso, teria preferido o livro sem o epílogo. O último capítulo acaba perfeitamente, devia ter sido o verdadeiro final. Além de ter quebrado o ritmo da história, o epílogo também quebrou um pouco o encanto dos paralelos que a autora tinha feito com a história original.
Mas eu realmente adorei todo o resto. Adorei a protagonista, Evie, sua relação com a Anna, com a garota que aparece e principalmente com o Nik. Também gostei de ver a história dela com Iker. Gostei de absolutamente todos os personagens, que tinham muito potencial para mais do que um livro único. Sim, eu fico louca pensando que essa história daria uma série de livros incrível se tivesse tido um final capaz de ser prolongado.
Mas a minha parte favorita foi ela se passar no século dezenove na Dinamarca. Amei todo o universo dele, como pude percebê-lo em todos os detalhes, como a autora trabalhou a história do país. A ambientação do livro é ótima! Por que não posso passar mais tempo nela mesmo?
Super recomendo o livro, mesmo que sua narrativa seja um pouco devagar e que tanto potencial para ser explorado acabar naquele final seja extremamente desapontador. É aceitável a autora escrever um final alternativo e continuar a história em uma série? Porque eu aceito. E vou atrás de qualquer outro livro que ela escrever.
Ich habe die Geschichte sehr genossen, da sie sowohl auf dem Meer als im Königreich spielt. Die Neuerzählung der Geschichte wird aus der wechselnden Perspektive der Hauptcharaktere erzählt. Im Buch gibt es zahlreiche Wendungen, die mich überrascht haben, und die ich absolut nicht kommen sehen habe.
I was hoping for so much more with this book. This is the third The Little Mermaid retelling I’ve read this year, and the other two blew this one out of the water. Now, it wasn’t all bad, and I did enjoy it, but I was hoping for so much more! The Surface Breaks and To Kill a Kingdom set the bar too high, so I was left feeling disappointed. On the plus side, the book was well-paced and flowed nicely throughout the story.
The story concept itself, of course, was a win. I love retellings, and I appreciated the changes the author made to The Sea Witch to make her own. It was a unique story, while still capturing the essence of The Little Mermaid.
I also liked that the book included events from the past. This helped shape the timeline and gave me a feel for why events unfolded the way they did. Additional character insight is always a bonus, in my opinion.
Now for the negative. While the concept was cool, the story itself felt flat. Yes, it was entertaining, but it was shallow. There was no depth to the storyline, and at times, parts of it felt downright redundant. There was little world building, and I had a hard time imagining the events as they unfolded.
Additionally, I was engaged in the book, but not in the characters. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in the book. While the book provided insight into the characters’ pasts, there wasn’t enough development to force my investment in the characters themselves. Any of them could have lived or died, and I wouldn’t have cared one way or the other.
Despite my wishy-washy feelings towards the book, I did like the ending. It was unexpected, and I like the unexpected. However, the very, very ending of the book with the wayward girl felt unnecessary and somewhat confusing. It wasn’t needed, and I’m not sure what the purpose of that scene was.
Should you read this book? If you’re a sucker for retellings like me, then of course you should! It wasn’t my favorite retelling, but I’m still glad I read it.
I love that the story takes place in Denmark, the food and culture giving the story extra depth. The ocean plays a huge role in the town, bringing both sustenance and death.
Evie was such a sympathetic character. She just wants to do right--by her friends, her family, and herself--but things keep going wrong. Knowing that this was the origin story of the sea witch from Little Mermaid, it was enthralling to read how she eventually meets her downfall. And, oh, that final moment is so torturous!
The romance was definitely solid, and I couldn't figure out which prince Evie was really in love with. That being said, I would argue this book is more about the strength of friendship, and it was beautifully done.
Can't wait to read what Henning writes next!
Mermaids are kind of a family thing. My sister and I used to spend rainy days reading from A Mermaid Summer by Mollie Hunter, so anytime a new mermaid tale crosses my path, I feel compelled to check it out.
I heard good things about this story from a fellow blogger and was captivated by the theme and cover art. I've been reading it off and on for a few months now (other stories getting in the way).
Personally, I enjoyed the tale. It surprised me a couple times and was not altogether predictable. I thought this was a unique retelling of The Little Mermaid story we all know and love. It was thoughtful, nicely paced and original. I found it to be a clever re-imagining version of the creatures that live under the sea and their origination.
My only disappointment lies within the world building. I felt so much more could have been done with the mermaid's home and culture. My hope is that the next installments will reveal more and let us dive further into this creation.
I was pleased with the way the story ended. It felt finished but with the opportunity for more. I don't feel forced to continue the series. I loathe series (even though I read them), so I appreciate when an author provides the reader with enough closure.
It only took a few chapters to get me fully invested in this story, with our protagonist, Evelyn, the daughter of a fisherman with royal favor, as well as a witch in secret. Her character and arc are fleshed out and relatable, riding the emotions along with Evelyn. The other characters are well developed as well and stand out in their own way, along with their interactions with each other.
I love the setting, which is 19th century Demark, specifically a coastal fishing town, a homage to Hans Christian Andersen. It’s vivid and almost it’s own character at points, along with great world building. The prose is clear and easy to read and I didn’t get lost once, which almost never happens for me. And yet there’s depth and character to it as well, which isn’t easy to do. I can hear Evelyn’s voice while reading.
I finished this in a single day, the story was really hard to put down. Even though I knew what was going on in regards to a couple of the twists, it was gripping to see how things develop, and through the last 100 pages, I kept wondering how things might get worse for Evelyn and her friends every other page. And yes, the story gets dark, and it really adds that extra layer that this story needs.
This is a must read you cannot miss!
This review is spoiler free.
Sea Witch tells the story of Evie, a witch and a commoner who befriends Niklas, the crowned prince, and Anna, a noble girl, at a young age. The three of them grow up inseparable until the day Anna drowns while playing with Evie. Evie and Niklas are devastated by her death but learn to live without her.
Four years later, Niklas is training to become king of a kingdom where witches are hunted and burned. Evie learns to hide her magic until the day Niklas falls into the ocean during a storm and is rescued by a mermaid who looks exactly like an older version of Anna. Evie will do everything in her power to free Anna from the ocean using every resource available to her, including magic, but she has no idea what she might set in motion.
This story is a wonderful tale of friendship, magic, social status, and forbidden and unrequited romance, a colorful world where conflicts arise at every turn. The characters are charming and pure in a way. What I loved most about this book is how the plot often takes an unexpected turn, leaving the reader guessing.
I give this story four stars because the beginning was a little slow for me, but when the story picks up, you will not be able to put down this book. The ending is beautiful and made me tear up. Again, I loved how this book surprised me by not taking the obvious route and by focusing on a different character than the usual suspect.
I really enjoyed this story.
It should come as no surprise that there isn't a happy ending.... this is a villain origin story, as well as the book description itself tells you there is no happy ending. So this is not a spoiler. That said, the plot unfolds pretty predictably throughout the story. But it is done in such a fabulous way, that you're left wanting more! I liked the extra aspects such as Evie and her magic, Tante Hansa, and the hierarchy.
And look at that cover! Instant-lust. I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Sarah Henning.