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.The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.
I received an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
“The sea is a fickle witch. She is likely to bestow a kiss as to steal the breath from your lips.”
I’ll say it, I just wasn’t in love with it. This is a book that I honestly thought I was going to love as soon as I read it. I mean, that cover alone is enough to make me fall in love. The synopsis and it being a sort of a little mermaid retelling made me almost sell my right arm to get this. Sadly, it just wasn’t what I expected it to be.
Now the story is good, the characters could have been a bit more shelled out, but it was an entertaining story to say the least. I didn’t really connect to any of the characters at all. So with that and the slow moving plot, it took a bit to get into this story. The last 100 pages or so is when the story really picks and held my attention.
Most of the novel focuses on Evelyn’s struggle with a town that hates her and her friendship with prince Nik. I was just wanting something more than that. Also, the romance here so damn confusing. I won’t speak too much about it, but I’m still scratching my head.
Now everything wasn’t a miss for me. I loved the world building and the magic! I loved reading about Evie coming into her magic and learning her heritage. Also, we have ball gowns and dancing and I’m a sucker for that!
All in all, this cover is what dreams are made of but I couldn’t love it like I wanted to.
**Quote was taken from an ARC is subject to change upon publication.