Wednesday, May 24, 2017

REVIEW: Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke

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.



I am a sucker for a storybook retelling and all things Stacey Rourke and you put the two together, then it's gotta be spectacular read!! So, obviously when this book was released, I just HAD to read it.

Did you know that Ursela had past before she became the sea witch? Well, yes, she did and like all evil villains, they had to have a back story to tell us just how they became who we know them as.

Rourke has outdone herself again!! She has brought forth the magic of a story that Disney never even dreamed of coming to life. 

There was so much agony and pain throughout this story. So much so, I could literally feel the emotions flowing off of each and every page as I turned them. This story completely tugged at my heartstrings and left me in tears and then the story could turn around and show us Ursela's comedic side. A piece of my heart was left between the pages of this book.

Without giving anything away, because there is so much.....The character were phenomenal. I loved how Rourke brought these characters to life and made me feel as if I was part of their story. Being able to meet these Mythological characters was just enchanting and seeing what the author saw in her mind was even more that incredible.

The story-line was just remarkable. Everything in this story screamed to be read and loved. I felt as if I was watching a movie within my head. Each scene had me turning the page just to find out exactly what would happen next. Disney, you better move over, because this just may become the next blockbuster!! I highly recommend this unforgettable read!!

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