May 30, 2012

Review of The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova


For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.

He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.

His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotion like never before? How can he explain he’s heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he’s suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods.

Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea…and now it wants him back.

Date of Release: May 1, 2012

Published by: Sourcebooks Fire

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

Loved it! Love! Love! Loved it! Everything about The Vicious Deep took hold of my heart and my emotions and throughout the novel it never let go. Lucky for all of us readers, each “part” of the novel starts with a fancy and deep quote and tosses us into the awesome storyline. The novel itself starts at a fast pace as our main character Tristan is swallowed whole by an ocean wave and is swept off into the sea.  Because of this, we also get introduced to the Silver Mermaid and to Layla: Tristan’s best friend and his soon to be crush.

I have to admit that it took a while to get to the mermaid-goodness of the story and while the story introduced us to Tristan’s life and to his jerky past… when we do get to see/read about the mermaids it all happens in a hilarious scene where we meet Kurt and Thalia, learn that Tristan’s mother was keeping a ton of secrets from Tristan and even watch Tristan panic as he grows his…erm… tail? Or is it fins? Either way, from that point on in the novel, everything about the story was just amazing.

When we got to go to the mermaid kingdom, my childhood totally kicked in and had me imagining the little mermaid kingdom and all of its citizens. Except, that like the novel states: “These are not the mermaids you know” … and that’s totally true!  If you were expecting to see a little red-headed mermaid who wants to walk on land, you are going to be in for a shock when there are mermaids who attract every man around them, use magic, and there’s the occasional abomination mermaid that I can’t go into much detail on because they scare the living daylights out of me.

As I reached the mid-way point (or at least around there), I didn’t think that the story could get any better.  That is, up until Tristan is forced to compete in a challenge to become the Sea King, by finding an Oracle (Greek mythology anyone?) who has a piece of the Triton and the first three Champions to find the three Triton pieces have to battle it out at some point in time. Come on!  How awesome does that sound?

The ending of the story not only took away my breath, but left me hanging and wondering what happens next.  I would recommend this to fans of Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series as well as fans of fantasy and Greek mythology and sparkly mermaid tails.

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  1. I just won a copy of this book, so I’m really glad that you liked this book! I’ve never read a mermaid book before, so I’m glad that this is going to be my first one. Thanks for the great review!
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    What a great book to dive into the mermaid genre! There are so many parts that will have you literally laughing out loud! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!


  2. Jenna

    Sounds awesome! Wee! :)


  3. I am such a sucker for all things Mer!! I just won this one and seriously can not wait for it to get here!! Great review :) Made me more excited to read the book!!
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    OMG Tiff, I am so excited for you to read this!! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. <3


  4. kimba88

    This sounds amazing..you actual read about the Mer-city and Tristan sounds swoon worthy…adding to my list
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