#BookThoughts | Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on July 31st 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover | Audiobook | e-Book

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.


Book Thoughts

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning was a stunning debut novel and creative take on the origin of the sea witch we all know and love… or hate, depends on the person. From beginning to end, you will be hooked (fishing pun not intended) and you will want to know what happens next to our resident hero turned villain.

Not all fairy tales have a happy ending, we know this because fast forward to the “present” and we have a villain. But she wasn’t always who we know her as. She was a girl just like any other. One small problem, her mother infused a dark magic into her soul when she was on her deathbed. Cut to years later, we have her trying to make her way in the world. A story mixed with sorrow, romance, and great characterization; pretty much everything you could have asked for.

My favorite part was the MC, Evie. She was so well created that as a reader you feel all the emotions she feels throughout the story. We feel her pain, her sorrow, and her momentary happiness. I also really liked the villain as well. There is many speculations who might become the sea witch in the end, even I was fooled at times, but both characters bring a little something different to the table. I can’t express my love for them any more!!

Sea Witch has great pacing, some pretty cool magics, and a lyrical prose to the way it is written. I want all amazing villain origin stories like this one, and I can’t wait to see what Henning has in store for us in the future!

Have you read Sea Witch? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them!

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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

2 thoughts on “#BookThoughts | Sea Witch by Sarah Henning”

  1. This is the first I’ve heard of this book and I’m amazed that it slipped by me so long. I love any twist on fairytales, especially when we get to see the villains side of the story. Thanks for brining this book to my attention!!


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