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July 1, 2014

Blog Tour: The Vast and Brutal Sea by Zoraida Córdova – Review, Interview, and Giveaway

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Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Vast and Brutal Sea (The Vicious Deep #3) 
by Zoraida Córdova!

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

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This epic clash of sand and sea will pit brother against brother-and there can only be one winner

In two days, the race for the Sea Court throne will be over-but all the rules have changed. The sea witch, Nieve, has kidnapped Layla and is raising an army of mutant sea creatures to overthrow the crown. Kurt, the one person Tristan could depend on in the battle for the Sea King’s throne, has betrayed him. Now Kurt wants the throne for himself. Tristan has the Scepter of the Earth, but it’s not enough. He’ll have to travel to the mysterious, lost Isle of Tears and unleash the magic that first created the king’s powerful scepter. It’s a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.

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The Vast and Brutal Sea (The Vicious Deep #3)
by Zoraida Córdova
Publication Date:  July 1, 2014
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Gabby-2013I loved author Zoraida Cordova’s The Vicious Deep series since I read the very first book. It was a new take on mermaids with a fun protagonist and a fast-paced story to boot. It was a fun time and every time I would enter her world of murderous mermaids, I wouldn’t want to leave. It pains me to know that this is the last book in the series. I don’t know how I’ll let go of Tristan and Layla and all of the characters who interact with them in the series. Obviously, The Vast and Brutal Sea would the epic conclusion. Romance, betrayal, war—I was ready for it all and I wasn’t left disappointed.

The Vast and Brutal Sea takes place exactly where The Savage Blue has left off. Tristan finds himself first at the mercy of a tribe of mermaids on a seemingly deserted island where he is reunited with an old friend. He knows that in two days all Hell will break loose. And with the Silver Mermaid—Nieve—having all the power and his best friend and sort-of-not-really girlfriend Layla, Tristan is stuck between a rock and a hard place. When Tristan is betrayed by Kurt, who plans to take the Throne for himself, he knows that there is only one way to win this battle and that it will require returning to the place where everything began.

What I loved most about The Vast and Brutal Sea is that it begins with action and it ends with action. There is no in-between. The Vast and Brutal Sea is everything that a final novel in a series should be. Action. Action. Action. And it’s all relevant to the plot. There are so many things that happen in The Vast and Brutal Sea that make it incredibly addictive and make you not want to put it down until you know exactly who will win, who will lose and who will survive.

The stakes are obviously high in the novel. Especially for Tristan. Nieve has Layla, she has everything set in place for her plan to work out. She’s dangerous and everybody knows it and it is only a matter of time before she shows just how dangerous she really is. There are chapters that I adored in The Vast and Brutal Sea that took place revolving solely around Nieve. They were beautifully written and added a lot of depth to her character that wasn’t there in the past two novels.

Betrayal is a big part of The Vast and Brutal Sea. There is so many plot twists and unexpected character deaths and betrayals. It left me reeling, constantly. Cordova writes it all in a way that is humorous when it needs to be, easy-flowing and at the same time very simplistic. My only real complaint would be certain scenes where Tristan’s character attempts to be witty in certain circumstances and just comes out looking a bit foolish. Other than that, The Vast and Brutal Sea was great. Truly, truly great.

The conclusion is good. It’s strong. I know that the series might be at its end. I’m so sad that I’ll never be able to enter this amazing world that has been built up over the past three books with beautiful lore and characters. This is a series that I will always think fondly of. I personally hope that there might be some sort of spin-off. That we might get to see more, perhaps not form behind Tristan’s eyes, but just more.

I would recommend the Vicious Deep trilogy to readers who are looking for an easy read that is well-written and fun. These are novels that have their serious moments but are also humorous and funny when they need to be. There’s romance but not too much romance. There’s lots and lots of action. Plot twists. This is a genuinely good series that I highly recommend.

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Q & A with Zoraida Cordova

1 – What made you want to write The Vicious Deep in the first place?

I wanted to write the kind of mermaid story that I wanted to read. I am very fortunate that other people have decided to pick it up and give it a chance. Plus, the majority o