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The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

Saturday, May 19, 2012
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.

Goodreads Summary

Ready for a summer mermaid read?  The author introduces the reader to the main protagonist, Tristan, early on in the novel.  Tristan is slowly changing into something he is not quite sure of, but has no choice in.  Get ready to dispel the idea that only females can be mermaids...males can be mermaids, er, mermen too!  Tristan knows he must get to the bottom of these odd changes and goes in search of his family, unexpectedly diving a little deeper into his past than he would care to. 

The story takes off as soon as Tristan goes searching for some answers.  The reader will view the eerily quiet and chaotic underwater world through Tristan's eyes.   The underwater world is both terrifying and beautiful.  The author clearly invested a great deal of time in creating the perfect setting and slight tension underlying the plot, keeping the reader firmly on her hook.  The idea of diving into a new world is both exciting and scary, the author evokes both emotions, as well as a host of others, in the reader. 

Tristan's character is dynamic during the story.  He does seem to mature and grow throughout the novel.  The author writes the male point of view with ease, even perfection.  The other characters, particularly those of the underwater persuasion, were exciting to meet.  The love interest was good, but sometimes felt forced (my only complaint).  Overall, this story is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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  1. aparajita said...:

    okay this sounds interesting and worth checking out...we don't get many books with male protagonist in the YA category these days....great review...

    Le' Grande Codex

  1. Addie R. said...:

    Yay, great review! I got this from the library, and it should also be coming in the mail soon from a giveaway. Thanks for the review! I can't wait to start reading it!

  1. Kelly said...:

    Thanks for the review! I haven't read any mermaid books yet, although there are a few I have my eye on, including this one.

  1. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb.

  1. tjmetz said...:

    I love mermaid stories and this sounds like an interesting twist - a mermaid with razor-sharp teeth instead of the beautiful sirenesque types usually written about. Thanks for the review!

  1. Cyn said...:

    Ooh, love mermaids.

  1. Loving all the mermaid books out this year! So excited for this one!

  1. Unknown said...:

    Now this sounds like a different kind of mermaid book. Love the sound of it!!

  1. I just love mermaid books! This sounds like a very realistic review, that's honest. Great review!

  1. Jennifer said...:

    I love mermaid books and this seems like an interesting take on mermaids! Great review- it has raised my intrigue in this book! :)