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Published by Katherine Tegen Books on July 31, 2018
Source: the publisher
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.
This book was my number one most anticipated read of 2018, so I was REALLY excited to finally read it! It had a little bit of a slow start, but it picked up in a MAJOR way. And the ending was INSANE!!!! From roughly page 275 until the end, I was just on the edge of my seat, freaking out, and going “OH CRAP OH CRAP OH CRAP!!!” the whole time. The characters in this were amazing!! I LOVED Evie. She was strong, fierce, and loyal. I loved her friendship with Nik, and her relationship with Iker. I loved the dynamic the three of them had, and the way Annemette effected that dynamic. It’s hard to go into further details here without spoilers so I won’t, buuuuttt…. !!!!!! As far as Annemette goes, there was one twist I saw coming from a mile away, and another that completely blew my mind, but made total sense once it was revealed.
Throughout the book, there were several references to the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, and I was ALL FOR IT!!! I especially loved the character parallels. Again, I can’t go into further detail without spoilers, but if you read this book (and you should!!!!), you’ll see what I mean!
This book honestly just made me feel ALL the feels. The hardest part was the ending. I loved Evie SO MUCH and I desperately wanted her to have a happy ending. But since this was a villain origin story, I knew that could never happen. Still, I was intrigued with the way her story ended, and completely satisfied.
Overall, if you love The Little Mermaid, villain origin stories, or fairy tale/classic retellings, this book is perfect for you! I highly recommend it! It was a fun, fast read and Sarah Henning is definitely on my radar! I’m excited to see what she does next!