Jun 19, 2017

Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour!

Unfortunate Soul Chronicles 1
216, paperback
Young Adult, Fantasy
June 19th 2017


Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway



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.

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book review rating 3 out of 5

IN THE TIMELESS tale of The Little Mermaid, there is a backstory that has been insightfully reimaged in Rise of the Sea Witch, by Stacey Rourke. It’s a turbulent tale of an ambitious, young female tested by catastrophic events and its calamitous consequences. It’s brutal and heartrending. Welcome to Ursula’s untold story.

Princess Vanessa “Nessa”, daughter of Poseidon, would like nothing more than to ascend to the coveted throne of Atlantica. Yet, secrets buried deep within the sea have a penchant of surfacing, and the truth of Nessa’s origins will unfurl with revelations that will risk everything she holds dear.

The world that Ms. Rourke immerses readers in is familiar with a unique touch of its own. It's vivid and lush; enchanting and otherworldly. I really enjoyed how she uses familiar geo-landmarks, making this world accessible and plausible. There were a few characteristics that gave me pause. As a land creature, I had a hard time grasping the nuances of life in the sea. How does one drink in the water? Or, could a mermaid be “sweat-drenched”? These things didn’t bother me. It just made me curious.

Told from Nessa’s POV, her voice is quite sassy, even snarky at times. But, she can also be endearing. My fondness moments are scenes of her and Alastor—a handsome and alluring servant son who allows her to let down her guard and share her darkest nightmares with him. Unfortunately, I also find her acute moral failings disturbing, and even unforgivable at the worst of times. When Nessa arrives at a fork in the road, she tends to favor war and destruction over peace and diplomacy—devastating decisions that limit her moral complexity and undermine her vast capacity for more, for better.

Nevertheless, Rise of the Sea Witch, by Stacey Rourke, is an imaginative and insightful portrayal of Princess Nessa’s transformation from victim to villain. Her story is less about destination and more about journey. It is a story worth persisting through the worst so that you could enjoy the best that's to come—an illuminating portrayal of a girl who suffered an exquisite travesty in her rise to become the infamous sea witch.

{Thank you to the author and publisher for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}



Stacey Rourke

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel

Young 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, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. 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.

Find Stacey Rourke: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter



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