Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@epicreads @shhenning]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

SEA WITCH by Sarah Henning

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.

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.

published July 31st by Katherine Tegen Books

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I love the idea of an origin story for a villain (as in Marie Lu's The Young Elites). Readers get a character that we know who and what they become, and finally get to see the how.

Most of us already know Ursula from Disney's The Title Mermaid or maybe you know the witch from reading the fairy tales, either way Sea Witchis going to tell the part of her story we don't already know. Since this is a 'villain' that is already familiar to me, I am really intrigued to find out how much works backward from what we know of who she becomes and how much shows us parts about her character that we never knew - past or future.

It can be so much fun to know a character's end point but to, now, get to see the journey to that point, both where the character started, who they were then, and what it was that happened to them or that they did that set their course.

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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