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Sea Witch #1
Sarah Henning
Fantasy, Retelling
Katherine Tegen Books
31st July 2018

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.

This book had so much wasted potential. I can’t even. I mean look at how gorgeous the book cover is! The book had such a promising premise… Like a retelling of Ursula from The Little Mermaid? Sign me up!

But the book disappointed me through and through…

I powered through this book because I listened to the audiobook so it was more bearable but in all honesty, had I read this book I would have DNF-ed it halfway through because fucking hell nothing fucking bloody happened throughout the whole damn book. I kept listening chapter after chapter after chapter and I am like when is shit gonna get spicy?

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So, my first criticism would be the plot. This is because there was no plot at least not for the majority of the book. It was only when I was listening to the last 20 – 30 minutes of the audiobook did anything remotely interesting happened that actually pushed the plot to any sort of direction or ending or anything really.

Second is the pacing and this will link with the third criticism I have. The pacing of the book was inconsistent whereby the bulk of the book was so incredibly slow and boring and dull and suddenly towards the end, you have so many things happening all at once at a breakneck speed that you as a reader are confused because why now?

I say the second and third criticisms are linked because the slow pacing would have better had the main characters were even remotely interesting to read about. Watching paint dry is far more interesting than these set of characters. Evie is a witch kot. A WITCH. How did she come off as a bland and boring character, I can never understand. The love interests, Nik and Iker, are also just as equally boring and interchangeable. Do these characters not have any type of personality? Wit? Something?

My fourth criticism would be how does the magic work in this book? How and why is Evie a witch? How does she get her powers? How does she use them? Are there limitations? What about other creatures like the mermaids? How does their power work?

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Fifth and last criticism that I can remember (as you see this book was so dull I can’t even remember why I disliked it, took me a good 40 minutes to really crack my head to remember why) is the ending. As stated above, the pacing towards the end was so rushed and the characters were acting so out of character that I gave up with the book and just wanted all of them to die miserable deaths.

Okay, the ending it was revealed that Nik has been in love with Evie all this while and Evie is too has loved Nik as well and that her thing with Iker was just a fling to not get in the way of Nik getting a proper bride or some shit and this plot point completely makes no sense because WE HAVE BEEN READING THE BOOK FROM EVIE’S POV AND NOT ONCE DID SHE INDICATE ANY ROMANTIC FEELINGS FOR NIK. All she has been doing is complaining the shit out or worrying for Iker, thinking she just one of Iker’s side hoe’s and on and on and on about Iker.

You’re telling me at the end of the book she too has been in love with Nik? THIS IS HORSESHIT!

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While we on Evie’s case I must say she is an idiot. She studies magic on the down-low and on her own when she has an aunt who actually practices magic and is pretty good at it. Why not insist on getting some tutoring sessions? Because had she done so she wouldn’t have been so naive and gotten herself in the shit she was in towards the end of the book.

I understand that she was lonely and she met this new friend so she was ultra-clingy ASAP but girl, have some brain cells. YOU BEING USED! HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE?!

Anyways, will still continue to read the second book just to see if there’s any improvement and also I chose the second book for a readathon so yeah.

Do I recommend this book? Maybe… I don’t know man, if you like slow-paced books that don’t explain a lot of shit and teen romance then yeah maybe sure.

I am sorry my review is all over the place. I left it too long and can’t really remember why I disliked it.