Review: ‘The Vicious Deep’ by Zoraida Cordova

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Vicious Deep’ by Zoraida CordovaThe Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova
Series: The Vicious Deep #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 1st, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mermaids, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 372
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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.

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You never know what to expect when you come across a book about mermaids. Especially when the synopsis gives way to very little plot. We find Tristan Hart, a sixteen year old teenager who loves the ladies and is also a swimmer. His best friend Layla by his side, he realizes he’s not your average teenager. He encounters a world full of mythical beings and is surprised to be a part of the fantasy world.

I hadn’t read too many reviews on this one since the release date is so far away, but I had high expectations. Mermaids is a new genre that YA authors are touching upon, and I couldn’t help but love the new “trend.” World building can be so intricate in any story, and The Vicious Deep showed a whole new world of elements that works well in Tristan’s modern world. Tristan’s character is everything I would have thought any teenage boy would act. I love how Zoraida got right into the nitty gritty of what teenage boys think. So fresh and honest, his point of view was spot on! I loved this book! Having the book set in a teenage boy’s frame of mind just made it all worth while. Considering that merpeople are in the vicinity of females.

Zoraida fully showcased a realistic portrayal of a world where everything is vicious in the deep. I can’t wait until the next book comes out, I’ll be sure to pick it up as soon as it hits stores.



Now, I can’t say I haven’t dreamt about this moment before, because when your best friend suddenly transforms into The Girl every guy notices walking along the beach, believe me, it’s the only thing to think about. (13)
Here she is, trying to beat a merman at swimming without even knowing it. It’s kind of hot. (134)
The day of the storm, I cried from the moment the wave hit you ’till the moment I found you. Please don’t leave me like that again. (186)
If I’ve learned anything by watching human interaction, it’s that they’re always angry at the person they feel they love. It’s easier to feel anger than love. Love makes people sick. Anger just consumes you so you think you’re not feeling anything. (241)




1 Comment

  1. Jaime Lynn

    August 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I don’t have a very good track record with mermaid stories, but this is one that I have wanted to try for a while. It sounds like it is a good one!

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