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review 2017-08-07 00:14
Rise of the Sea Witch (Unfortunate Soul Chronicles) (Volume 1) - Stacey Rourke

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I was super excited to read Rise of the Sea Witch! I just love villain evolution stories! I find it incredibly interesting to see what makes a villain a villain, I feel like 90% of the time villains are made, not born. And who's story better to get than Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid?!



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Ursula definitely falls into the 90%, she was not born Ursula the Sea Witch, she was born Princes Vanessa, daughter of Poseidon, big sister to Prince Triton. Vanessa definitely didn't have things as easy as you would anticipate a Princess having. At an early age, after the death of her mother, it was painfully obvious that Poseidon was not the hands-on, loving parent that the kids so desperately needed. And it was apparent that Vanessa drew his ire more than anyone (the real juicy bit is why though!!).



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I feel like Poseidon's indifference to Vanessa only pushed her more to impress him and do everything, and anything, to just once feel like she mattered. It drove her to work as hard as she could to be his successor as Ruler of Atlantica. More often than not in this endeavor I feel as if Vanessa's intentions were good(ish) but they ultimately lead to her downfall nevertheless.



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Vanessa wasn't the purest, or sweetest, or the most thoughtful person, at times she could be downright selfish, entitled, and vindictive, but to be honest I feel like this endeared me to her even more. It made her feel more real to me. And it also made it hurt that much more when things inevitably came back to burn her, tenfold. I didn't always agree with her choices but I did come to understand why she made them. To be honest, by the end I was furious for Vanessa, a little part of me thought her a little justified in her craving for vengeance.



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I also really liked how the story was told, with Ursula telling her victims, who had no choice but to listen, how she was wronged and what drove her to help the "poor unfortunate souls" like them. It was both sad and glorious to see the Ursula we know, dramatically telling this woe-is-me tale to none other than the mer-people that she had imprisoned.



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I was really pumped to read this story and I am so glad I did because it exceeded my expectations! If any of this sounds even a bit intriguing to you, I highly recommend giving this one a try!




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text 2017-06-28 13:10
Blog Tour: Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke with Giveaway


Today’s stop is for Anna Santos’s Rise of the Sea Witch. We will have info about the book and author, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 




Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege.   Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people.   When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point.   Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips--Triton.









RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel   Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012

Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013   Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015   Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.




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review 2017-06-18 00:00
Rise of the Sea Witch
Rise of the Sea Witch - Stacey Rourke Rise of the Sea Witch - Stacey Rourke Princess Vanessa of Atlantica and her brother Triton have been in training all their life to rule the merfolk after their father King Poseidon’s reign. While Vanessa has taken her training very serious Triton has not. Triton could care less about being the king and wants no part of it but we all know who will be king. Vanessa has fault all her life for her father to pay attention to her and care about her but with no luck. King Poseidon has always ignored Vanessa and pretended that she was not there. Triton is another story he is the apple of his father’s eye as they say.

The merfolk have been in war with the humans for long while now and when Vanessa speaks up trying to help with the war and tragedy strikes Vanessa is put to blame and is punished for it. She is in hope that her people and her father would stand up for her and take her side in the matter but she is sadly mistake when everyone turns on her.

Vanessa has very big heart and has always wanted what was best for her people but after a while when people just keep turning against you and putting you down it starts to take its toll and it will and can turn the softest hearts hard and that is just what happens to Vanessa. Her poor little merheart can’t take it anymore and must fight back for what is right.

I really enjoyed following Vanessa on her journey through the merworld and watching her grow up and becoming a fine young lady who cared deeply for people and just wanted to help. I loved reading about the merworld and about the merfolk from all seven oceans. All the characters were great people but I would have like to know more about their lives and who they were.

If you like to read fairy tales and re-tellings then you are going to love Rise of the Sea Witch. Pick up your copy today and get lost in the merworld. Come join Vanessa and Triton as they swim along at the bottom of the ocean in the merwold with all their little friends.
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