Title: Sea Witch
Author: Sarah Henning
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.
As you have probably already guessed, this is a retelling of The Little Mermaid from the perspective of Ursula (aka Evie). So, of course, I’m going to be a little skeptical going into the novel since The Little Mermaid was such a big part of every 90’s child’s life. But, this was actually a prequel to The Little Mermaid and was solely focused on the evolution of Ursula, which was a nice change being able to see the villain’s perspective. I think we sometimes seem to forget the depth of the villains because we are only shown their surface. This just made me see the potential for so many other novels to focus on our favorite (or not so favorite) Disney villains (or any others for that matter).
The novel kept the reader engaged, wanting more romance (What?! Who said that?! Not me!), and feeling ashamed of all of the hate we once gave this loyal villain.
One last thing…the cover is b-e-a-utiful! And is actually a large reason why I was so attracted to reading this novel aside from the plot.
Bad things follow her. Black death. Minnows…