Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Published: July 31, 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Fantasy (YA)
Review type: SPOILER-Y
Goodreads synopsis: [HERE]
Okay, where to begin with this one. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this book half as much if I didn’t have my online book club to chat with about it afterwards. I so wanted to love this book, and while there were little bits of awesome (BREAD FESTIVAL!), it was generally a let down.
Evelyn, she who becomes the Sea Witch, is the most interesting character. While I constantly wanted to smack her for her dumb decisions, I understood her deep loneliness and grief over losing her best friend. I wish there had been more exploration of her magic, though we did get a good background into why magic was outlawed in this world.
The rest of the cast of characters really don’t warrant much, mostly because they are fairly flat. Annamette is the obviously returned and wrongly pissed off Anna. Iker is the roguish cousin of Prince Nik. And poor Prince Nik, that boy deserved so much better.
This book had a lot of promise but it was just missing a layer of depth. Honestly, the character I felt most connection with was the whale that killed Iker in the wrap up at the end of the book (#teamkingwhale). I definitely think that this author has a lot of potential. Her writing was beautiful, but there needed to be more work on the characters.
I have to specifically shout out the best scene in the book, the bread festival. It was a fun scene and the whole concept was amazing. Also, it gives me a reason to end this review with the mildly disturbing yet intensely funny bread gif that my book club found during our discussions:
Alright, y’all…tomorrow I’ll be back with Top 3 Thursday. And then if the blogging gods shine down upon me, I may even have another review up on Friday! Look at me, regularly blogging like a real blogger.