Narrator: Billie Fulford-Brown
Published by HarperAudio on July 31, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 8 hours and 25 minutes
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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.
Sea Witch is filled with surprising twists that kept me anxiously glued to the end. This is an entertaining retelling fans of villains can’t miss.
What did I like?
- This is a creative retelling of the Little Mermaid told in the voice of a future villainous. Evie is the only daughter of the royal fisherman, enjoying her life in a small kingdom with her friends. Even though social class should keep them apart, Evie’s best friends with Ana (the daughter of a nobleman) and Prince Nick. As close as they may be, Evie must keep the secret that she is a witch from her friends. Witchcraft is banned from their kingdom, so Evie secretly studies to learn and strengthen her power. When tragedy strikes, Evie and Nick’s friendship becomes stronger as they heal from the painful loss of Ana. Years have passed when a beautiful and mysterious girl arrives to their kingdom. Evie and Nick are immediately drawn to the girl, which starts a chain of events that will forever change their lives. I was mesmerized with this story. The story alternates between the past and present, which kept me guessing at what would happen next.
- I thought all the characters were well developed. I loved Evie the most. In my mind I knew she would become the Ursula we all love to hate, so seeing this authors version of how she came to be was heartbreaking. Evie was a sweet girl and a loyal friend. She was also lonely because of her secret and knowing that eventually her friendship with Nick would have to end because of his royal duties.
What didn’t I like?
- At one point I was tempted to DNF this book because the pace of the story was slow. It is a slow build up with details that were sometimes boring, but as I continued reading the suspense captured my attention. At first the changes to third-person retelling of the past felt more of an interruption, but eventually it all made sense to me and I enjoyed the twists of the story.
- I listened to this as an audiobook and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read this. This was my first time listening to narrator Billie Fulford-Brown and I thought her performance was ok. Her voice was very calming, and I was easily distracted from the story. I eventually changed the speed for the reading and that helped me stay focused on the story. I don’t know if I would listen from this narrator again.
Would I recommend this book?
I would recommend this book with a warning of the slow pace. Reading this book requires patience and all the pieces of the story come together for a shocking ending. If you are a fan of fairytale retellings and villains POV you should give Sea Witch a try.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge