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May 13, 2013

Blog Tour: The Savage Blue by Zoraida Córdova – Review, Interview, and G!veaway

Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for

The Savage Blue by Zoraida Córdova!

We are so excited to have Zoraida stop by the blog for a
quick Q & A where she shares some of her Top Favs!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

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A storm is coming…

The ocean is a vicious place. Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning —and no one is safe.

In the quest for the Sea Throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces racing against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.

Battling sea dragons and savage creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends’ support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between his crown and his best friend Layla — the only girl he’s ever loved.

add to goodreadsThe Savage Blue (The Vicious Deep #2)
by Zoraida Córdova
Publication Date:  May 7, 2013
Publisher:  Sourebooks Fire

Available for Purchase:
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Gabby NewI adored The Vicious Deep by author Zoraida Cordova. It was such a fun read and at the time I had been reading a ton of mermaid-focused novels, out of them all The Vicious Deep was one of the most memorable. Mainly because the main character Tristan had been laugh out loud hilarious and the scene when he first discovers his merman tail has been stuck on my mind for quite some time (it’s one of my favorite comedic scenes ever guys). Getting to read The Savage Blue was awesome for so many reasons, I’ll just say that like the novel before it The Savage Blue ends on a cliff-hanger.

               The Savage Blue takes place right where The Vicious Deep ended. Main character Tristan Hart has just found out that he is a descendant of mermaid royalty and, thanks to his grandfather, is now part of a quest to become ruler of the sea and get the Sea Throne. Tristan and co. go on a journey to find the remaining pieces of the trident so that Tristan may become king. Tristan searches for the oracle that will have the next piece of the trident.

During all of this Tristan battles against monsters in the sea (like sea dragons and water demons). However when Tristan does find the oracle a secret is revealed and Tristan is betrayed by one of the people closest to him. Nieve is getting stronger and somebody in Tristan’s group of friends is working with her. In the end, Tristan is left with a choice between the Sea Throne and Layla who he has fallen madly in love with.

The first thing I noticed while reading The Savage Blue was that the novel throws you into a ton of action. That’s what got me hooked. Right from the opening scene where Tristan and Kurt are fighting each other to when Kurt and Tristan are going at it with a sea demon that should have the upper hand and be able to kill them both (it doesn’t). The Savage Blue had a lot more the amount of action that The Vicious Deep had which caused the storyline to become more addictive because, seriously, who wants to stop reading in the middle of an awesome fight scene?

The Savage Blue opens readers up to more of the supernatural beings that exist in the world that The Vicious Deep is set in. I found that in The Vicious Deep we only really got to look at mermaids/mermen and then either saw a few brief scenes with other supernatural creatures or saw mentions of those supernatural creatures in dialogue. The Savage Blue gives you nearly everything. Faeries, centaurs, demon-type-things, the whole she-bang. Definitely refreshing considering that I assumed the novel would only really have mermaids (and it made a pleasant surprise).

Tristan’s relationship with Layla does get a bit more serious and the romance left me wanting the two of them to end up together (and to kiss without getting interrupted). Personally, I thought that Tristan kissed or was almost-kissed by too many other girls that weren’t Layla and it made me question his feelings for her. Besides that, my only other issue with the novel would just be a bit of the pacing about half-way through the novel when things start to get pitchy. Other than that it was actually really fantastic.

The last hundred or so pages honestly left me with my jaw smacking the ground. There is a major plot twist and the ending seriously broke my heart. I don’t know what to assume will happen in the next novel, all I know is that I am very, very excited to find out what happens next to Tristan and his friends. Will he win the Sea Throne and defeat Nieve? I need to know!!!

I’d recommend The Vicious Deep novels to readers that are big fans of mythology, mermaid lore and readers that are looking for a novel with supernatural elements and a comedic main character.

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Top Favs with Zoraida Córdova

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why:

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Holly Black – I’ve reread her urban fairytales so many times. I love the worlds she builds.

Joss Whedon – Technically writer/director, but Buffy is my favorite series ever. I’m still reading the Season 9 comics.

Poe – I was obsessed with Poe when I was a teen. I think the darkness and madness in his writing is inside all of us.

 

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why:

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Wine/champagne – Long gone are the days of absinthe infused dream stories. And while I don’t write drunk, I love indulging in wine or bubbles, especially when I can’t concentrate.

Cheese – I LOVE CHEDDAR.

Dark chocolate with sea salt – Seriously, these flavors are so good. Plus, antioxidants? (HA!)

 

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:

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Walk around Central Park. It’s three avenues away. There’s a statue of Hans Christian Anderson and I like to sit on his lap.

Draw. When you’ve overused one creative energy, it is good to move on to another for a bit. I’m more likely to be inspired by something visual than say a song.

Sleep. When you’ve hit a wall, you’ve hit a wall. Sure, you can force yourself to write that daily word goal, but for me it turns into words I don’t like. Sometimes you’ve got to wave the white flag to yourself, regain your strength, and dive back in the next day.

 

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why:

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Saved – This movie always makes me smile.

Moulin Rouge – The. Elephant. Medley.

The Empire Strikes Back – I love you. I know.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why:

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Ireland – I want to go look for fairies

Hogwarts – You said DREAM right?

Hawaii – My plan is to retire on a beach where I can drink pina coladas, write, and watch the sea change.

 

About the Author:

 

Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
She made her way up north and now works in the glittering New York City nightlife.
She likes shiny things like Christmas, merdudes, and the skyline at night.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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You can find them all HERE!

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5 Comments

  1. may
    5/13/2013

    I would say that I need a tour of the entire sea world!

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  2. Vivien
    5/13/2013

    A feast!!

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  3. Mary G Loki
    5/13/2013

    That sushi be freshly made and delivered to me at all times!!!! :D

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  4. bn100
    5/14/2013

    a banquet

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  5. Brooke D
    5/14/2013

    A party for all to attend :)
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