Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino (Book Review #176)

Ursula is full of hatred and wants revenge. The revenge is on a much higher scale than anyone could fathom. She wants her brother, Triton, dead. She knows that she cannot accomplish this with her powers alone. Although Ursula possesses one of the strongest magical powers of all, she still needs help. Hence, she approaches the three witch sisters. As her luck might have it, they too are looking for the powerful sea witch. Their sister Circe has left them and they cannot call on her. They need Ursula’s power to help them find her.

This is the final book of what appears to be a trilogy, following Fairest of All and Beast Within. At first, I was exceedingly pleased. The story begins providing some backstory on Ursula, his father and how it all began. You understand where the hatred comes from and why she despised her brother. After reading a little longer, the story expands creating two other side stories intertwined with the original one. Although you still have hints of the little mermaid and the famous classical tale faded in the background, I was still more interested in having Ursula be the focus rather than several short stories bonded together.

Maybe the author was thinking of creating more stories in order to continue the series with additional tales. However, this took away from the important fact that Ursula was to be the main focus here.

I really enjoyed knowing how Ursula’s powers and how she transformed into a different look to trick people. There were hints of Beauty and the Beast and Maleficent in the story making it apparent that everyone knew each other back then. Some were even upset with their interference and the author even instigated that the Beast, for instance, used to be engaged to another girl before meeting Belle. How exciting is that?

Altogether, I still enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it to anyone that is a Disney fan and likes to read more into the classical tales.

Written by Jeyran Main

 

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