Sea Witch is an origin story about Ursula from the Little Mermaid, told kind of in the traditional Hans Christian Anderson style with a bit of a modern twist.
Ever since her best friend Anna drowned Evie has been shunned as an outcast in her small fisherman’s village. Whispers follow her everywhere she goes accused of being a witch for ensnaring the heart of the crown Prince who happens to be her other best friend. One day a young woman who looks eerily like Anna approaches Evie and she can’t help but think that her friend has come back from the dead!
At times the pacing of the book was just a little off for me. There wasn’t really anything driving the plot forward in the first half of the book and it dragged a little bit for me. The second half did really pick up though and I really enjoyed trying to figure out who to trust and what was going to happen next.
I must be getting a bit cynical as I grow older because I found Evie to be super naïve at times and it kind of drove me crazy, I mean she chose to completely trusted Annamette when she knows absolutely nothing about her other than the fact that she looks like Anna. All of the legends and lore of the town say that mermaids aren’t to be trusted and even her aunt tried to talk Evie out of whatever she was doing. Iker started to see holes in Annamette’s story and tried to get more information out of her but Evie was so blinded that she overlooked all of it.
Other than that I found the premise of the book really original and kind of a throwback. It read like one of the old Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales and given the nature of the storyline I thought it suited the book perfectly. The characters and the setting was established very well and the twists and turns in the second half of the book kept me engaged and eager to read on!
⭐️3.5/5 stars Never thought I would be feeling empathetic for one of Disney’s most iconic villains!