{Bee Reviews} SEA WITCH by Sarah Henning

Posted January 30, 2018 by Bee in Reviews / 6 Comments

{Bee Reviews} SEA WITCH by Sarah Henning

Sea Witch

by Sarah Henning
Published on July 31st 2018
by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3 Stars

I know, I know! First book I write a proper review for in months and it’s one that’s still months away. How dare I, honestly? But you see, I was always a big fan of the fairy tale (and it’s Disney movie version) The Little Mermaid. In fact, the Disney movie was my favorite one for years when I was a child. So I HAD to read this book the moment I got a copy. I was so eager to read a twist on the famous tale that would reveal the origin of the famous villain in the story. Villain origin stories are always welcome, let’s face it. But did it live up to my expectations? Well… kind of?


• The writing was easy to read and had me hooked from the start, not gonna lie. It was hard to put down and if time had allowed it, I would’ve read it in one sitting. So points for that.

• The setting was so vivid I could almost smell the sea and the fish. It’s set in Denmark, which I love because I haven’t read a book so far that is set in this country. AND the original story is from Denmark so yay for diversity and authenticity!

• Nik is a precious cinnamon roll boy and we must protect him. That is all.

• The ending, by which I mean the epilogue, was pretty fabulous and also smart. Though I can’t reveal much more because spoilers.


• I would have liked more worldbuilding. While the setting was awesome and vivid, the world around it stayed a bit too vague for my liking. I wanted more about the magic, the myths, the legends,… All of it! It plays such a big role in the book and I felt like I didn’t know enough about it to fully understand what happened sometimes.

• Because of that, the ending that came before the prologue, was a tiny bit confusing. I had to read it several times to be sure what was happening.

• The twist was kind of predictable. The whole story was, in a way, because I knew how it would end. I saw most of the story coming from a mile away so I wasn’t surprised. More like “oh yeah, I knew that would happen”.

• I wasn’t really invested in Evie as a character. I didn’t feel for her and that’s not because I know she’d turn out as a “villain”. Because you can still feel and care for a villain. But I just didn’t care about Evie.

• The story dragged a bit around the middle. The whole festival didn’t really keep me invested as much and I kind of wanted the story to get on with it.

• The romance was a bit… confusing? Like it didn’t know where it wanted to go. The whole book it went one way and I was liking it but then at the end it took a 180 turn and I was like “whut? where did that come from?”, so yeah. It didn’t really do anything for me.

Overal I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I’d hoped I would. But then, this is just me and you could feel entirely different about it, so if this book sounds like it’s for you and you’re interested, please do give it a try!


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6 responses to “{Bee Reviews} SEA WITCH by Sarah Henning

  1. I haven’t read this novel yet, but I’ve been seeing it absolutely everywhere lately because it seems to be in everyone’s hauls! But this is actually the first time I am reading a review of it. It sounds okay but like overall it could have been developed more? Which is a little disappointing :/

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