“Though magic can shape life and death, love is the one thing it cannot control”
Rating: 2/5 stars
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 was so excited for this book and it turned out to be a major bummer. The Little Mermaid was my jam back in the day (it still is, if we’re being honest), so imagine my excitement when I found out that 2018 would bring me not one, but TWO Little Mermaid retellings. Psyched isn’t even the word. Unfortunately, this fell short for me in so many places. This review is definitely going to be on the shorter side because I just really don’t want to rehash all the disappointment I felt while reading this.
The plot, first of all, was so incredibly boooooooo-ring. The story only really started getting good within the last 50 or so pages. And even then it was painfully predictable. Luckily for me, I was listening to the audiobook and was able to fly through it since I listened at double the normal speed. Otherwise this would have taken me weeks to get through because I just was not invested in the story plot-wise and it just became too redundant for me until the action started picking up.
As far as characters go, they were forgettable at best and that’s mainly because we weren’t given any real reasons to like them. The story focuses more on the characters backstories, and while the were necessary to the story, they didn’t really provide any development either. I could honestly care less who lived or who died. The love interests in the story just felt like a filler more than anything else. The romance was just so BLAHHHH.
EVERYTHING WAS JUST SO BLAND.
Last but not least, the VERY end of this book. Just why? It wasn’t really necessary, and now it just opened other doors for no reason. Not a fan, my friends. I would have been much happier if the book ended the way it was going to before we had one more plot twist thrown our way.
“Perhaps fantasties are only meant to come true for a moment.”
“Don’t grant all the prince’s requests, darling girl. Men are always asking for more than they should.”
Overall, I really wasn’t expecting to be this let down by one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. If you like retellings and The Little Mermaid then by all means give it a shot, it just wasn’t for me.
Until next time,