Though magic can shape life and death, love is the one thing it cannot control
This is one of those books where people overhype a book. I wish it wasn’t so, but it is. It is an okay book, but far from the super book I had come to expect.
Book Review: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Title & Author: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Release date: July 31 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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.
I give Sea Witch by Sarah Henning three out of five hearts because it wasn’t the greatest. I do think the way it is written is great, but the story could have done with better foreshadowing and a difference in pov’s.
Near the end, a new pov is introduced and it really annoyed me. I really don’t like it when povs are introduced halfway down a book. I do get why Sarah did it this way, but it does feel as if she didn’t know how to foreshadow anymore and just added this as a way of explaining why things are happening.
The book starts with a prologue about a brown-haired girl, a blond girl and a boy. It is really interesting they way Sarah has written these parts, which return every so often in the book. It tells more about the past of the two main characters and who Anna is. This is something I really liked because it was a way to make me care about what happened to these three kids when they were younger and is now coming to bite them in the butt.
But the plot itself is very much predictable and a lot of the elements that are introduced are never really used except when it was easy to fix something. While I was reading I was waiting for them to be used but it felt very disappointing when they did not.
The end went much to fast, it made me lose track of what actually happened and then it was over. The twist was much too obvious with the introduction of the new pov and it contained too much information for a human to digest and understand. And the reasons felt very childish about why the mermaid was with Evie and Nik. It collapsed the entire story.
Maybe rereading this in a couple of years might make me change my mind, but I felt like I was dipped into a cold bath by the end of this book.
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