Blog Tour & Review: ‘Sea Witch Rising’

I loved the first book in this series, Sea Witch, and I was so happy to see there would be a blog tour for it! Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me on this tour.

Check out the summary and my review below!

Sea  Witch Rising (Sea Witch #2)

by Sarah Henning

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: August 6th 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings
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Synopsis:
“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.

 

REVIEW

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This book was just simply fantastic. I loved Sea Witch and I was dying to dive in to the sequel! Sea Witch Rising delves deeper into Evie and her story as well as exploring Runa’s story. I was drawn into the story from the first page and I was gripped in a way that I couldn’t stop reading. Ursula’s story has always intrigued me and this is such a unique take on that story. Yes, she’s called the sea witch here, but giving her a name of Evie and chronicling what is left of her humanity really speaks to my heart. You find yourself relating to Evie, feeling for her, and wanting her to win out in the end. Yet again a mermaid wishes to have legs and this time Runa is trying to save her sister from certain death on land. Runa is a new character and we learn more about her, as well as discover the passion she has for her sister. I found myself really liking Runa. She wasn’t one of those characters that made rash decisions and while she learns more about magic, she finds some new friends along the way. Her friends were wonderful supporting characters and I enjoyed reading about how they got themselves out of the predicament they found themselves in.

I think this is such a wonderfully written re-telling. It’s brilliantly done and provides a new take on the sea witch story. I am a sucker for retellings and this is one that I will recommend to everyone forever. I can’t wait to see what Sarah writes next and the way in which she draws you into the world of the ocean is truly astounding. I find it unique that she is able to take this already established story and weave something completely new and refreshing from it. Evie intrigues me and so much happens with her in this book that I am dying for more about her. There were alternating POVs and usually I am a little hesitant with that but this one is done so incredibly well. Both characters were well-rounded and where their stories intersected was analyzed from both points of view. I can’t recommend this title enough. I think really anyone would like it (just make sure you read Sea Witch first!) you will not be disappointed with an enchanting read.

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, which, despite being extremely far from the beach, happens to be pretty cool.

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GIVEAWAY

We always love a good giveaway. You can enter to win a copy of both SEA WITCH and SEA WITCH RISING!
It begins on July 16th and ends on July 30th and is US only.
You can enter by clicking here!
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9 thoughts on “Blog Tour & Review: ‘Sea Witch Rising’

  1. Oh my gosh. I shivered when I saw the cover for this book. How do I not know about this?? I’m a big fan of retellings and I too hesitate a bit when it comes to alternating POVs. I’m so glad both are done well. I will definitely check this out.

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  2. I am so glad that you liked the book. I am super excited for this book and cannot wait to get it. I loved the first book and I bet I will love this one as well. Lovely review and thank you for not giving any spoilers.

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