E-pub ⚖ Sea Witch ☱ Franzbielmeier.de

I was really torn about this book I didn t LOVE it but it kept me entertained and intrigued enough to push through until the end It was the last hundred pages or so that really made this book great Besides that, it probably would ve been a solid 2 5 stars for me.I am a HUGE mermaid fan I love everything and anything mermaid and The Little Mermaid is and always will be my favorite fairytale That being said, my expectations were very high considering I haven t actually read a mermaid book that I loved and The Little Mermaid deserved a retelling nothing short of perfection Though Sea Witch didn t reach those expectations, I did find myself enjoying this origin story of the infamous Ursula.The overall story itself moved a bit slow and I never really connected with the characters To be completely honest, I didn t really like the book at all until we got to the last hundred pages because that s where everything started to click together Once we got to those last few chapters, I couldn t put the book down and I was on my toes the whole time just speed reading to see what would happen next Though I was never attached to the characters, the epilogue did tug on my heartstrings and my heart ached for the characters It is an Ursula retelling so you can only imagine how the story ends and if it ends in a happily ever after All in all, I didn t love this book too much but it was definitely a creative retelling of Ursula s origins The book wasn t my cup of tea but I can see many readers enjoying this one especially if you love a good sea tale or should I say TAIL like me. this was just.not good.reasons why this book did not work for me there was no plot up until the last 50ish pages the characters were flat with zero development the two male characters were completely interchangeable the romances were the worst cases of insta love I ve ever seen when the plot finally picked up all the characters became different people out of nowhereoverall this book was just flat out boring E-pub ☥ Sea Witch ♫ 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 DeadEver 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 AfterBut 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 5 Stars She knew that with power, the bravery to act would come.I m just going to say I hoped and prayed this was going to be good Ever since I read To Kill a Kingdom I was hook line and sinker for any form of a re telling of The Little Mermaid I say that but this is the first one I ve read since then Anyway I m going to be frank, this is a real slow burn, but I loved that It really builds up to what is coming You get the back story of a specific day in the past and it goes backwards and forwards in time.As previously mentioned, the build up for me was glorious, it had me second guessing everything, trying to dissect certain things, now I m not saying that I didn t see some things coming, because I did however in the last few chapters it was just blindside after blindside it was incredible I kept think surely this isn t happening, but that s what was so good about it.CharactersSo we have Evie and Nik to start with They are two best friends, one is a high born Prince and the other is a fisherman s daughter who isn t seen as worthy to be friends with a Prince I really really enjoyed the friendship between the two of them all though at times you could see it become a little strained It was really interesting to see Evie learn certain things and she always tries to do things to help the people she cares for Evie has a tough time with the place she lives and this is where Nik comes in His protectiveness for Evie made me love him even I just couldn t cope with it I m sorry to gush, but I can t help it.Then we have Iker and Annemette I honestly couldn t figure either one out I was questioning them both throughout for different reasons That being said I did enjoy their characters because it brought to the story especially seeing things from the characters POVs What I liked Tante Hansa, I wish we d seen of her, but what I did see I was all for The magic system was interesting, especially later on what things came together Witches and Mermaids The back stories, I lived The loyalty they have for each other All of the little nods towards The Little Mermaid Literally loved the Epilogue, it was so interestingOverall I really really enjoyed this book, I actually think it s a miracle because normally when I m super hyped for a book it falls flat, but luckily for me I enjoyed it I know not everyone can be a fan, but if you can deal with slow but building pacing for an epic ending, I d suggest this So your girl didn t get an ArcBUT THIS WAS INCREDIBLE Like holy fuck those last few chapters, I can t even cope.HOPEFULLY full rtc, cause I ve been reading to try and finish because I needed to know everything Never wanted Netgalley to approve an ARC so much Probably won t because I have a million other books, but I m requesting it.May the odds be ever in my favour prayforbethtogetanarc Magic was barter the right words, actions, potions for the right resultWell, that was unexpected.Sea Witch is marketed as a villain origin story, namely the sea witch from The Little Mermaid Being the weird kid in the murder corner, I eagerly requested on Edelweiss, thinking it d be a dark and transgressive retelling along the lines of Marissa Meyer s Heartless or Fairest What I got instead was a quiet, rather literary novel about friendship and social class The story does largely unfold the same way as the original tale a mermaid saves a prince, then goes on land to try to win his heart in four days If she fails, she ll be turned to sea form A human witch called Evelyn narrates the novel, with third person chapters recounting the past The mermaid Annamette bears a striking resemblance to Evelyn s best friend who drowned four years ago and she naturally wants to persevere Annamette s life Honestly, Sea Witch didn t start getting interesting until the 60% mark, when a twist kicks things into high gear The writing doesn t help either It s difficult to explain, but it tries too hard in places, plugging descriptives when they re unnecessary and weigh down a sentence Most of the novel has a small town atmosphere, focusing on Evelyn s struggle with her low birth and her friendship with the prince Nik There are also lots of insights into Danish history and culture, the country The Little Mermaid originated from Sea Witch will appeal to a certain kind of reader, but it failed to hook me in Fish pun intended ARC provided by Edelweiss You can find this review and other non spoilery reviews The Book PrescriptionActual Rating 3.5 starsIT S A PERFECT NIGHT FOR BURNING WITCHESI learned to go into books without high expectations because the end result will be better whatever it is But The little mermaid retelling I am lying if I say that I didn t raise up the bar a bit I recently read To kill a kingdom and that book was very good, it is getting much attention and for The little mermaid fans, it is actually a very good retelling Now I don t know if this can be called a retelling because that was only found after like 80% of the story Actually this was the biggest problem in this series nothing pretty much happens till 70% of the story Now this is not a bad book, but it starts out good and then things start to get slow and there is dragging till the above mentioned part I can see why people won t be motivated to continue this in early parts, so if you want the good parts in this book, you have to be tolerant patient The writing style is good Not so special but it held my attention enough to make me finish this There were a few quotes that I like tooMy father, the sea king, says that when everything is as you hoped, you are blind to the imperfectionsThe characters are well written Once again, nothing too special and by that I mean I didn t add them to a favorite list or any list in mind, I believe they are the kind that is good but won t stick with me for a long time Summary There are many Mermaids stories now and they are increasing too Sea witch is not the best one of them, but it is a good story if you wait enough The last 20 30% made me happy There were literal quotes from the Little mermaid movie, I know some scenes by heart and that s why I got excited reading them The majority of the book is 3 stars for me, the final parts were 4 and 5 stars So the final Rating from me will be 3.5 stars ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Buddy Reading this with Queen Of ARCs Video Review Sea Witch is one of those books that grew on me and with every page that I read.I started it with excitement because I love The Little Mermaid and Ursula as a villain but also some hesitation because villain origin stories can be repetitive and unoriginal But what I got out of Sea Witch was incredibly specialI could tell her that it s like the tang of summer wine and the sound of arrival bells as a new ship docks Like the scent of salt and limes and the tinkle of a boy s eyes just before a kiss in the moonlightThis is also one of those books that I have a super hard time doing a review for because it s one that just took my heart by storm I have a huge emotional connection to it that is hard to put into words.Not just that, it did exactly what I wanted from a villain origin story It had some twists and turns and unexpected revelations and in general felt very original In my personal opinion it didn t go the well known paths that millions of authors have gone before.But obviously with retellings or villain origin stories it always depends a little bit on the picture you have of the fairytale or villain These can be hit or miss solely on the fact that this author s portrayal of a character simply doesn t fit what you imagine that character to be So it s hard for me to wholeheartedly recommend this, I just know that I truly loved this and I keep thinking about this story and its characters, days after finishing.It s also hard to talk about my expectations and how well they were fulfilled without going into spoiler territory or ruining your reading experience As I said, I was impressed by this because I thought it went a different route than one might expect from an origin story like this I think it is an amazing ability to write a story where everybody already knows the ending but constantly have you question how we will get there and what will tip this story over I had huge hopes for how this would turn out but I was still questioning everything until the very endI return to my lair, the new silence ringing in my ears Somehow, it s painful than before As if hearing a new voice, regaining the shortest moment of humanity, has torn open the wound that is my lonelinessBut as I said, not only did it completely meet my expectations, it was first and foremost a book that I was emotionally invested in from the very beginning And it broke my heart I could already tell after the first third that this would shatter my heart into pieces, long before I knew how And there s not a lot of books that can do that so effortlessly.I know this is not my most conclusive review but it s probably one of the most sincere ones I ve ever written Because while I like all the aspect of this book and I could tell you how great the characters are or how much I liked the setting, I simply fell in love with this book And there s not always a way to explain why Booktube Channel Twitter Instagram I received an ARC of this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review This story just shoved me off the edge of Plot Twist cliff and I m still falling tbh It was thoroughly not what I expected and the beginning had me slowly drowningbut that ending THAT ENDING The plot twists The vengeance The magic The stabbing It was so freaking good I do admit I chaffed at the beginning Like I went in expecting a sea witch origin story, but we get Evie, who is the actual sweetest Hufflepuff witchshe s a mistrusted outcast, but also BFF with the crown prince They re just friiiiends thoyes I have heard that one before And then the story unravelled this slow romance centric plot, where mostly they just talked and participated in a festival and had a love square that was very polite then things went down Obviously I won t spoil the ending but OMG and YES Seriously the last 100 pages were epic and I wish the beginning had captivated me as much, but at the same time I understand it had to build up to it I just was a little bored lmao I am so sorry Love square Do I see thee Basically we have four main characters Evie fisherman s daughter and nobody and secret witch and Nik crown prince and BFF of Evie and Iver Nik s cousin, also a prince, somehow a whaler but apparently a player , and lastly Annamette who is a mermaid turned human and must win Nik s love or pERISHshe also resembles their dead friend Anna who drowned 4 years ago, but Annamette is a mermaid.Like dude, I ship them all with each other though Except the princes, they are cousins But Evie Anna had an epic hey if the prince things doesn t work I LL DO ANYTHING TO SAVE YOU thing going on that was amazing And Nik Evie are like yeah we re just friends me laughing hysterically in the background while Iver Evie are kissing in the garden and she s swooning for him Usually love square irritate me, but I really enjoyed this one It had TWISTS too, which was epic Although Nik was about as dynamic as pebble, but he was a sweetie And Iver view spoiler turned out to be a slimy sNAKE but I m not even surprised I kind of didn t like him the whole time But hOLY SHIT Anna suddenly turning into a stabby revenge machine was BRILLIANT and I love it Even if I still lowkey ship her and Evie hide spoiler I decided to make my own painted edges They are not great, but I love them I used purple to go with the purple in her eyes Book Poster BelowA million stars for the cover and the poster I got in one of my book boxes and got laminated I liked the story I didn t love it to death as I m not a big fan of The Little Mermaid But who cares, it was good enough for now and I m glad plenty love it Happy Reading Mel I wasn t sure about this when I first started reading it, but I m so glad I carried on Around the 40pg mark, I became hooked on the plot It ended up being hard to put down Very unique take on the classic story of The Little Mermaid I think people are going to enjoy this one