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Sea Witch de Sarah Henning
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Sea Witch (edição: 2018)

de Sarah Henning (Autor)

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Wicked meets "The Little Mermaid" in the captivating origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die. Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt. Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after. But magic isn't kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can't stay in Havnestad--or on two legs--without Evie's help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend's humanity--and her prince's heart--she discovers, too late, what she's bargained away.… (mais)
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Título:Sea Witch
Autores:Sarah Henning (Autor)
Informação:Katherine Tegen Books (2018), 368 pages
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An interesting twist on the Little Mermaid story and the origin of the Sea Witch! Three best friends, two princes, and a mermaid – who might be more than she says she is. Evie’s friend Anna drowned four years ago, but somehow she’s back and calling herself by a different name. Determined not to lose her again, Evie grapples with magic she doesn’t fully understand, with consequences she never expected. ( )
  vvbooklady | May 9, 2021 |
This is a great retelling of Anderson's The Little Mermaid that had me totally engaged. Evie is the grandaughter of the village healer whose best friends - courtesy of Evie's grandmother having saved the King's life - are the prince and his cousin. Four years ago, the fourth member of their quartet, Anna, drowned. When a stranger arrives with stories of her previous life under the sea, Evie, lonely for her lost friend, takes her under wing.

Henning's world is cunningly built from Anderson's Little Mermaid, completely bypassing any Disney-style sanitising. Set in a loosely-Danish fishing community and drawing slightly on Viking history, this is a far darker world. The Sea-witch, as part of the local religion, pervades all aspects of life, from religious rituals and the long-ago banning of magic to sailing/fishing protocols and even everyday language. This connects the magic and realism for the reader in a powerful way, and helps create tension as we wait for the sea witch to make her inevitable appearance.

The narratorial voice was right on target for a fairytale retelling and the characterisation was unexpectedly complex, but what I loved most were the italicised flashbacks which allowed a more poetic voice to recreate past emotions, which reflected into the characters' present lives and kept me guessing about how the original story would play out. When the twist finally came it was none of the things I guessed but I could see that it had been clearly foregrounded - something many novels don't do especially effectively.

While I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a classroom text, it totally belongs in any reading circle or wide reading set to complement a unit on fractured fairytales. Recommended for teenaged girls and anyone who is into mermaids. ( )
  IsabellaLucia | Dec 14, 2020 |
This book was not what I expected, and I thoroughly discourage anyone from picking it up from the book cover alone. The book isn't bad by any means, but if you're coming in thinking its a younger Ursula you're going to be dreadfully mistaken.

Henning nails the fairytale tone without being childish. The world is simple and the story is driven primarily through the relationships of the characters. These relationships are also fairly simple, as fairy tales tend to be, but they weren't the "insta-love" that you see in Disney movies, and I was grateful for that.

The book has a non-linear format, which I usually love. Here, I don't think it was pulled off effectively. The initial flashbacks don't add a ton of information, while the final 2-3 are massive info dumps that feel out of place. The majority of the book is a very slow burn, and then the last 40 pages have everything happen all at once without much development or room to breathe.

The twist of the novel is that the childhood friend that drowned, Anna, was resurrected as a soulless mermaid by Triton and has returned to land not to find love, but revenge. She blames her friends for not saving her, and intends to ruin their lives with a convoluted, risky, Swiss Cheese style plan. Due to the flashbacks and heavy handed hints, the reveal is not surprising, so when it happens it lacks much if any impact. We spend little time with Anna and, as a result, don't really empathize with her or even fear her much, because her plan is so shitty. A slower reveal, or a parallel narrative giving us more time with her would have added a lot more import to her love-hate relationship. This would also allow for the side effects of Evie's magic, like the plague and the famine, to be built up more and feel less shoehorned in. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
What a bittersweet twist on The Little Mermaid!
1. I love the heart in our main character. She's unwavering in her caring, even when people have bad motives and I can get that. It's her folly and her strength.
2. That ending.
3. Sea magic.
4. Set in a Norse setting? YES.
Overall, this was a good one. ( )
  Noeshia | Oct 23, 2020 |
Actually not bad, it was slightly predictable for me, but damn the end and the last bit of the book was so engrossing I couldn't help but enjoy it. It took me a moment to realize what this book was actually about since I didn't read the synopsis but for what it's meant to convey it does a great job. I ended up having a love/hate relationship with quite a few of the characters by the end - emotions emotions! ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
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Wicked meets "The Little Mermaid" in the captivating origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die. Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt. Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after. But magic isn't kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can't stay in Havnestad--or on two legs--without Evie's help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend's humanity--and her prince's heart--she discovers, too late, what she's bargained away.

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