Ah, the Sea Witch. Before reading this book, I didn’t know much about Ursula. To be honest, I’m not sure I have ever sat down and watched “The Little Mermaid” start to finish more than once, if that. I was very excited to see how the author might make Ursula’s story grab my attention like Ariel never could.
Serena Valentino did not disappoint! This is a wonderfully told Tale of the Sea Witch. The reader can find/experience practically every emotion in the writing of Ursula’s story.
The book begins by giving the reader a glimpse into Ursula’s derangement. I put the book down two or three times during the prologue due to my shock. Everyone knows the villains of Disney are bad, but the author shows an evil in Ursula that is beyond anything I would have imagined. It is very clear that hate drives evil, and Ursula has nothing in her heart but hate. Then, a moment of confusion when Triton tries to stop her from destroying the town and reveals her true identity. I definitely did not see that coming.
The odd sisters from Valentino’s first two villain novels, Fairest of All and The Beast Within, play a large roll in Poor Unfortunate Souls as well. The author shows how all the stories are connected in some way. This may seem redundant to anyone who has read my other reviews from this series. Nonetheless, I absolutely LOVE the way Serena Valentino ties together these stories.
Poor Unfortunate Souls is a very sad tale of hatred and betrayal. When the readers discover the truth about Ursula and why she is the Sea Witch she has become, it is a heartbreaking discovery – one that serves to fuel Ursula’s hatred, hatred she turns on anyone she believes deserves it, including the sister witches who, , ignoring warnings from the Dark Fairy, consider Ursula their friend.
Poor Unfortunate Souls is a welcome addition to the Villains Series by Serena Valentino. She is a wonderful story teller. A word of caution though, there are some parts I would not recommend for young children. But I can assure you that when my niece is old enough, she will be introduced to Serena Valentino’s writing, particularly the Villain Series.