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.
I give this story 4/5 stars. Here is why:
What I liked:
First of all, this is the first Ursula retelling that I have read and I am absolutely amazed by the writing style of this story! With the brief flashbacks and the suspense, i couldn’t put the book down. The love story was cute, and the book was extremely fast paced. The ending. OMG. That ending killed my soul even though i was expecting it the entire time. It was just so good!
What I didn’t like:
Okay, so the love story was cute, but it was super tropey. I am not a fan of love triangles, and I am certainly not afraid of the “I have always loved you but never said anything” trope either. Some parts, I felt to be unnecessary and it made it kind of irritating to get through. I found myself skimming through pages. The book went off to a slow start, but as the plot thickened, it was all worth it.
If you like fantasy meets fairy tale, you will love this story. Give it a go. I certainly don’t regret it.