*First Line Friday 8/16/19* Sea Witch Rising- Sarah Henning

42800505. sy475 “The Little Mermaid” takes a twisted turn in this thrilling sequel to villainess origin story Sea Witch, as the forces of land and sea clash in an epic battle for freedom, redemption, and true love. 

Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.

Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds?

Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.

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“The sharpest of things keeps its edge even in the dullest of settings.”

*Arc Review* Sea Witch- Sarah Henning

“Witchcraft has no place except in the depths of hell…. Shall there be any devils on our shores, know you do not belong here nor in this world. The light will win and you shall be swallowed deep into the flames and returned to your horned maker.”

Ursula is my twin. We are both large and in charge and rude as hell. She is the villainess queen of all queens. So I was desperate to get my hands on this book to see an original origin story of the queen of the dark seas.

Throughout the entire book, I kept second guessing what was going to happen. We all know the story of the Little Mermaid and how she gets to be where she is. But I just didn’t want to believe that sweet, little innocent Evie turned into something pure evil.

With these origin stories, my heart always sticks with the villain throughout. We see the beauty of their heart and what tears it into a million pieces. I will say that the transformation of each character is shocking and also mesmerizing.

For what this was I wasn’t blown away but it was a decent story. The character and world building was good but a tad bit slow for my tastes. All the backstabbing made me giddy as hell and that was what I wanted more of. But we come out of this with a fantastic back story that sheds a lot more light on the past and the future.

Ursula: You’ll have your looks. Your pretty face and don’t underestimate the importance of “body language.” Ha!