Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke @Rourkewrites @XpressoTours

Rise of the Sea Witch
Stacey Rourke
Publication date: June 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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.

My Review:

Princess Vanessa of Atlantica and her brother Triton have been in training all their life to rule the merfolk after their father King Poseidon’s reign. While Vanessa has taken her training very serious Triton has not. Triton could care less about being the king and wants no part of it but we all know who will be king. Vanessa has fault all her life for her father to pay attention to her and care about her but with no luck. King Poseidon has always ignored Vanessa and pretended that she was not there. Triton is another story he is the apple of his father’s eye as they say.

The merfolk have been in war with the humans for long while now and when Vanessa speaks up trying to help with the war and tragedy strikes Vanessa is put to blame and is punished for it. She is in hope that her people and her father would stand up for her and take her side in the matter but she is sadly mistake when everyone turns on her.

Vanessa has very big heart and has always wanted what was best for her people but after a while when people just keep turning against you and putting you down it starts to take its toll and it will and can turn the softest hearts hard and that is just what happens to Vanessa. Her poor little merheart can’t take it anymore and must fight back for what is right.  

I really enjoyed following Vanessa on her journey through the merworld and watching her grow up and becoming a fine young lady who cared deeply for people and just wanted to help. I loved reading about the merworld and about the merfolk from all seven oceans. All the characters were great people but I would have like to know more about their lives and who they were.

If you like to read fairy tales and re-tellings then you are going to love Rise of the Sea Witch. Pick up your copy today and get lost in the merworld. Come join Vanessa and Triton as they swim along at the bottom of the ocean in the merwold with all their little friends. 

Author Bio:
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.



Giselle said...

This sounds like a fun retelling, and well written overall! Great review, Nancy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting, great excerpt! Happy Release Day Stacey Rourke!

Madonna said...

thanks for the review and a chance to win