Wicked meets "The Little Mermaid" in the captivating origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.
Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.
Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You may think you already know The Little Mermaid from the Hans Christian Andersen tale or the Disney movie, but Sea Witch delves into unknown depths, explaining the origin of the story’s unforgettable villainess. Sea Witch is told from the perspective of 12-year-old Evie—an outcast in her small Danish fishing village since her best friend, Anna, drowned four years earlier—who becomes drawn into an otherworldly love triangle that ends in loss and revenge. Like Wicked or Dorothy Must Die, this quirky, melancholy book made us see a favorite fairy tale from an unexpected new perspective.
Deftly transforming a fairy tale into a richly layered exploration of culture and relationships, Henning tells the origin story of the Sea Witch from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Sixteen-year-old Evie is a child of Havnestad, a Danish fishing town, and of the sea, but she also possesses a dark secret that could see her killed by her own people. After the death of their mutual best friend, Anna, Evie and the crown prince, Nik, forge a friendship, which is tested daily by public judgment as well as their private pain from the loss of Anna. Evie finds welcome escape from her grief with Iker, Nik's cousin, a crown prince in his own right and the young man who has captured her heart. Then Annemette, a mysterious young woman, arrives in the kingdom and quickly fills the role that Anna previously held in Evie and Nik's lives. Exquisitely detailed examinations of Danish seaside traditions lend gravitas to a debut novel rooted in the sea and its mercurial moods. A focus on Evie's internal monologue and romantic attachments unfortunately overshadows the subtly nuanced explorations of magic and its uses, but readers who persevere will be rewarded with richly woven threads of fairy tale allusions and a surprising ending. Ages 13 up.
Please Pick Up This Book
At this point in time than we are stuck at home, than you should take the opportunity to pick up this book. I love it and It was one of my favorites. I completely fell in love with Iker in this story because he was flirty, cute and everything that I would want as a boy. I also love Evie so much, she is a strong woman. Please just read this book already!!!!!!
Spoilers —-> I really liked the book, but it kind of shocked me whenever the author just totally left Evie by herself and made it where everyone else just moves on and thinks she’s dead... like I wish that she had given Evie a new life and romantic option under the sea instead of leaving her to be miserable.