Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.
Title: Sea Witch
Author: Sarah Henning
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: July 31, 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.
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.
Why am I excited?
Holy. Freaking. Hell. This is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, but in reverse, from the villain’s POV. I have a secret obsession with the older fairy tales because I love how dark they are. Sure, Disney does an amazing job bringing us the happily-ever-after versions that we sing along to, but the original versions are amazing. This being the origin story for who we now call “Ursula”, or the Sea Witch, is extremely exciting. I feel like she is such an underrated character and I can’t wait to see how this version of her is portrayed and how she came to be “evil”. There are so many great books about sirens out there, but not many sea witch-related ones. Bring on the betrayal, magic, and inevitable heartbreak!