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.
I received this book from the publishers via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this retelling of the little mermaid – recognisably linked to the original story but with its own twists, which I really enjoyed.
I’m afraid this review does have some spoilers as there’s bits in the later part of the story I need to talk about!
Let’s start with the characters – Nik is an adorable cutie pie and I love him! Evie is also really great – I like how she uses her magic to keep the boats safe. And how much she thinks about Anna. I really like Iker at first but afraid I’ll have to come back to him!
I also liked the way the society played so well on facts and how life actually was at the time. I wanted more on why they hate witches but I think it would have dragged away from the main story. And I loved how it was written, so I wouldn’t have wanted that! The society and their judgement of Evie was actually really great for me, it’s nice to have a character who sort of accepts that but gets on with life anyway.
Onto the ups and downs. I both absolutely loved when we started finding about more about Annemette, and hated it. I loved it because the book became darker and picked up pace a little, and I love a dark twisty surprise. I slightly hated it because the revenge trope is my least favourite. It was well done, but she wanted revenge for something that they had no control over! Argh. It’s over used in tv, so I really notice when it’s in my books too. Having said all that, as I noted, it was done well, and I really like how it played out!
I also disliked the romantic twist at the end. Wtaf. No feelings at all (on one side) and then suddenly omg feelings? Ugh. I actually liked Evie and Iker too (until a point, at least) so more frustrating.
And then we have Iker. I liked that he was doing the whole playboy turned actually interested thing. I liked how he was with Evie, and it felt honest. And maybe it was. But what he said at the ball (argh so cryptic but don’t want to spoil it all)? NOT COOL IKER. And especially his actions right at the end. Went right off him, and was following in my friend Bea’s footsteps by wishing he would drown! 😂
Overall I did really enjoy this book, and it’s only those last two points that dragged t down a bit for me. It was still so well written and I liked the concept enough that I still gave it four stars, despite considering downgrading it.
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