Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Cautionary Tale

Sea Witch
Sea Witch
Author: Sarah Henning
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: July 31st, 2018
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 went into this book with incredibly HIGH expectations—so, I only have myself to blame for feeling disappointed.  

At its core, Sea Witch is a fairly good story. The writing flows well, the imagery isn't overly done, and the characters get you invested...all this to say, it simply was not the story I was expecting. Maybe I'm just not accustomed to backstory retellings? But I feel that this book missed its mark.  

I was under the notion that there'd be more nautical, mermaid, and SEA witch scenes. This book is very heavily witch focused but not SEA witch focused, if you get my drift. The tagline is extremely misleading. 

While I didn't mind Evie's narration, she also came across flat to me. Evie doesn't seem to have her own agenda, she thrives off of where and how and what her friends are doing.  I was invested in Evie only because of who I knew she would become, and not because of who she already was.

Evie's best scenes were with her love interest, Iker. (AHOY, he is the best thing about this entire novel and he needs a prequel!)  Evie's friendship with Prince Nik was something I grew fond of but it took a turn for the trope toward the end—which was a bit of a let down 

Overall, I think at it's heart, Sea Witch is a simple cautionary tale about the power and destruction of friendships. With a cute little romance sprinkled in. If you're expecting a dark retelling of Ursula's story, I think you may find yourself disappointed as well. 


12 comments:

  1. Ah, I dont know how I feel about this one now. I was thinking it was a SEA type of theme. But that doesnt seem to be the case and I have to many books on my tbr to devote time to one that isnt want I was expecting. This was a great review, Brooke, thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful day. 💋

    Can’t-wait Wednesday: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I definitely wouldn't recommend it as a "drop everything else and read" type of book. Maybe give Sea Witch a try if you were excited about it, you could end up loving the story!

      Delete
  2. It's always a bummer when you start something with expectations and then feel let down. It's why I wait to read books that get a lot of hype. I'd rather not know anything before diving into a book. It makes the experience better, and my expectations are not as high. Sorry this one wasn't a better fit! It doesn't sound like a book for me.

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I need to be better at not over-hyping in my head. GAH THAT'S SO HARD I'M SUCH A HYPSTER!

      Delete
  3. Well I do like cautionary tales! Sorry that Evie's voice didn't work for you, but thank you for the warning!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You won a copy right? Let me know what you think once you read!

      Delete
  4. Oh no! D: I was definitely looking forward to reading something dark and, well, water-y. I'm disappointed! D: Flat narration will definitely put me off, too. :/ Sorry this wasn't what you were expecting, Brooke!

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was so sad that it didn't live up to its dark debut reputation!

      Delete
  5. Ah darn! Thanks for the heads up!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Of course! Maybe you'll have better luck :)

      Delete
  6. I can't wait to read this one! Jenn (My co-blogger) loved it. sorry it just didn't hit the mark for you. Great review!

    ReplyDelete