by Sarah Henning
Published: July 31, 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings, Mythology, Young Adult
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.
I could not believe it! This is my favorite book of the year! If you’ve been following me in my bookstagram, you’d know that I’ve mentioned it and it is my fave book. I’ve already mentioned in my previous blog post, End of the Year Book Tag.
Now it’s time to share to you why I loved this book so much. Let’s start with the plot of the book. Upon reading the first chapter, I thought I was going to predict the entire story line of the book. I thought that one particular character would be the sea witch because she become a mermaid, but little did I know it was someone else. I love how everything happened for a reason. The only thing that I was able to predict, and most of you would have predicted, is the fact that their friend is alive (won’t mention names because that would be too spoilery, but if you’ve read the book, you know who I’m trying not to mention here!) I didn’t expect that things between their love interest would turn out that way, I thought it was it, but I guess the author has different plans. I also loved that the author aside from Evie’s point of view, we also get to see the point of view of the events before and after Anne drowned years back.
For the characters, let’s talk about the development of each character all through out the book. I love Evie and the fact that she is a witch. I love that she is very supportive as a friend and that she’s going to be there for them all the time. She would even risk everything for her friends sake but towards the end things turned upside down. As for Annemette, I liked her character at first but it turned out she was doing everything for revenge. I didn’t like it but the development and how she was portrayed was excellent. You wouldn’t know that she had that plan all along. It sucks but that is another thing that I didn’t see coming.
As for the two guys in the story, Iker and Nik. I love Nik so much and I feel for him. He lost a lot of people in the process of everything, from the drowning of his best friend, his father and the love of his life. It sucks if that happened to us or anyone, you’d know the feeling if you were in his shoes. I’ve seen Nik suffer from the very first of the page until the end. For Iker, I kinda liked him in the first part of the book but it sucks that he turned out to be awful. Evie doesn’t deserve him no matter what.
Now let’s talk about the writing style of the book and how hard or easy it was reading this book. I find this book really easy to read, despite reading from this author for the very first time. I like the fact that the author didn’t use too much deep words or the likes, she included a few that really relates to the entire plot, so no questions to those.
The world building in this book is great. I knew that this book was a Little Mermaid retelling. I thought it was going to talk about the mythical world under the sea but it wasn’t. It focuses on the dry lands with Annemette’s friends. We get to see some under the sea action but it was just brief imagines compared to the fairy tale.
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