Adventure · Fantasy · YA

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch (Villains #3) by Serena Valentino (Author) & Walt Disney Company (Illustrations)

It seems I started in the middle with this series, but I regret nothing. Little Mermaid is one of all-time favourite Disney film and Ursula definitely one of the best villains, so of course this book is a must-have! The best part? It wasn’t disappointed, quite the opposite: unpredictable, heartfelt and very addictive!

This novel tells the story of Ursula, the most feared sea witch of all time and her journey to becoming the villain so known and terrifying in the sea world. Haunted by her past, fuelled by hatred you’ll take a ride to the depths of the witch’s’ heart and beware, it’s a wild ride.

I loved this novel! It was amazing to see her story from the beginning and it’s intertwined with the story of Ariel and scenes from the film To read “Poor Unfortunate Souls” while reading Ursula’s line of thought gave me goosebumps! This story gives depth to this villain and proves that no one is born evil. Being left in a state of fear, loneliness and rejection, turned Ursula to the path of hatred; so strong that she has no chance at redemption.

I couldn’t help with feel for her and understand with she is the way she is. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but she has one or two good reasons to be the way she is and to seek revenge, even if I know that isn’t the answer to the problem. I also could help but wish that the story ended differently and that her fate wasn’t the one we’re all familiar with.

My first read by Ms Serena Valentino and it’s my pleasure to highly recommend this book to any Disney villain fans out there! Can’t wait for the next volumes to arrive!

5 Stars

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