ARC Review: Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke
Published: June 19, 2017
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Review: ARC ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
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.
Man oh man how much talent does this author have? I have read almost all of her books and I can say she has a talent for writing a darn good story.
I was wondering where this book was going to go with the title of The Sea Witch and I can say it did not disappoint. I love how we got an inside view so to speak on how The Sea Witch Ursula came to be and it was simply AMAZING! Kind of makes me feel for her as it seems that even family can turn on you.
I really enjoyed how the story flowed and we got told the story through the first person point of view of Vanessa who becomes Ursula. I always wondered how Ursula came to be and when we get that twist I was like OMG, because I wouldn't have thought it went that way.
As I started reading the book it took me a while to find out who exactly Triton was and then it hit me right in the face. The way that everything was woven together was fascinating. I could go on and on but just go and pick up the book!
If you loved the movie Little Mermaid read this book it will give you a twist and a turn you would not have seen coming. Love will be lost and Ursula will find her true self. It all takes places under the sea!
My favorite quote: "It was smart to wait until I was emotionally invested before letting me see this side of your crazy."
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series NovelYoung 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, the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series, and twisted fairy tale Unfortunate Soul Chronicles. 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.