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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-22 23:54
This Little Mermaid Prequel is Delightfully Wicked-esque
Sea Witch - Sarah Henning

Sea Witch was marketed as a prequel to The Little Mermaid meets Wicked, and since I love both, I immediately requested to read and review this. It’s the story of Evie, a young Danish girl secretly a witch, and what she’ll do to save the people she loves. If you know either The Little Mermaid (both the Disney version, the original Hans Christian Anderson tale) or Wicked, you’ll recognise the tributes to both within the narrative, although it’s all weaved together by elements of originality. It’s also got a wicked twist that’s worth reading even if leading up to the twist is a little frustrating.


What I found frustrating is 

that Evie’s never really sure if her magic works or not. Her spells almost feel like ritual superstition. That is until all of a sudden yes, her magic works in spectacular ways, but only with an audience that will threaten her life. It was frustrating to read that Evie may or may not have been any good at magic except when she needed to be exceptional. She constantly regretted not training more but managed to cast powerful spells when needed. I found the lack of consistency frustrating. Where did her sudden confidence come from? Is she supremely gifted or just lucky?

(spoiler show)



I really liked the other characters in the novel, specifically Nik and the mysterious girl Evie vows to help. I appreciated how much effort the author put into developing Evie’s friendships with these two characters. It was nice to see a boy-girl friendship untainted by romance but with the interesting twist of them also increasingly aware of becoming grown up, and the added awkwardness between them as Nik was pressured into finding a bride that could in no way be Evie.


The worldbuilding was fine, if a big vague. I loved how everything revolved around the ocean and the Danes revered it as almost sentient. The setting, on the other hand, was extraordinarily vivid. I could almost smell the fish, feel the ocean, the storms, the rocking of the ships.


The best thing I can say about this book is that the payoff is worth it. It opens with a prologue that doesn’t really seem significant until quite far into the novel. I was constantly thinking to myself, How is this prologue relevant? In the end, it was very relevant, and also kind of awesome, but I had to read almost the whole novel to get to the pay off.


Which is, I know, often the point of most novels, but the point here that I want to reinforce is this: do not give up on this novel if you are feeling frustrated by the slow pace or a plot where you feel not much is happening. The focus to me felt much more on the friendship between the main characters, so sometimes it felt like there wasn’t a lot going on, especially in the middle part. But it’s worth it in the end.

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text 2018-03-10 23:47
Red Game Round 4 Guess (Kill Your Darlings)
Hedge Witch - Simon Kewin


Simon Kewin's first name starts with S, so I'm guessing Severus Snape as a victim for the Red Game.

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review 2018-03-10 22:43
Hedge Witch by Simon Kewin
Hedge Witch - Simon Kewin

Series: The Cloven Land Trilogy #1


Alright, I mostly finished this just so that I could count it for the Kill Your Darlings game. It started out promising with Cait but then jumped to a fantasy land for a good ten chapters. I'm not sure what it was exactly that prevented me from connecting with the story but I guess it was a lack of polish. I felt like the book would have benefited from at least one more pass from an editor to point out things like you shouldn't be referring to falling to the floor when you're outside, or you could use some actual description of the settings, or just streamline portions of it. The dialogue was lack-lustre and I just wasn't impressed overall. I won't be bothering with the rest of the trilogy.



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text 2018-03-09 04:28
Reading progress update: I've read 29%.
Hedge Witch - Simon Kewin

The first few chapters with the teenage Cait seemed somewhat interesting even though it wasn't riveting, but now we seem to be stuck in an alternate magical world where explanations get dumped on you and people have long boring manufactured conversations to fill the reader in on the world. I just don't find it to be very well done. Maybe I should have abandoned it, but I kept hoping things would get better and we'd get back to Cait. 


The whole plot is lame so far. I mean, there's a dangerous magical book that they decided to cut in two instead of destroying it so now the other half needs to be retrieved before the bad guys get their hands on it. And the oldest witch sent the coven's half to another world without telling anyone. 

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text 2018-03-01 11:53
#KillYourDarlings - Reading progress: 1%.
Under Witch Aura - Maria E. Schneider

I'm in green group.  Reading for weapon.


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