- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (April 24 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402265107
- ISBN-13: 978-1402265105
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,310,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Vicious Deep Hardcover – Apr 24 2012
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About the Author
Zoraida Cordova was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. She is the author of the Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro or visit her at zoraidacordova.com.
Top customer reviews
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I absolutely adored this story. It was like an emotional rollercoaster and I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. I actually found myself gasping aloud at times! I think it was really smart to have the main character to be male because not only will that mean more guys will be attracted to the story but usually we hear stories about merpeople through a female perspective. I thought that Tristan was convincing. He is thrust into this new world and he has to decide does he want anything to do with it? I also really liked the other characters especially the strict Kurt and his fun loving sister Thalia. I hope in the future we learn more about them and their histories.
This book really reminded me of the Harry Potter series in a good and new way. Of course we have the male character who finds himself immersed in a new world. He is famous as the boy who survives this perfect storm and the challenge that he is presented with is reminiscent of the TriWizard tournament in a way. I really have high hopes for the next books in the series, and as aforementioned I can't wait to see what happens with these characters. This whole world fascinates me so I will wait with bated breaths for the sequel which is called Savage Blue, and according to Goodreads will be out sometime in 2013.
This book will definitely appeal to boys and girls alike since it has adventure, comedy and a little romance. It was a fun read and I think that a lot of people will enjoy it since it keeps you guessing until the end and even after that. Pick this up if you want a fun summer read to get your imagination flowing and your heart racing.
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I also really loved the descriptions, and the way that the different species of creatures: mermaids, fairies, vampires, and an abundance of others were incorporated into our world. When Zoraida Córdova described things, I almost felt like everything was in technicolor and super vibrant. I think that finding theperfect balance with how you describe something is an art, and Córdova is excellent at it! :D There are so many times where you read something and it's so descriptive that you almost get bored with all the adjectives, but not with The Vicious Deep. Instead, you feel as if you've been submerged in the same world as Tristan, and you're just as mesmerized and overwhelmed with it as he is. I also love that Tristan's reactions are realistic. He's so confused, and he acts like a snarky and sarcastic teenager, which I found pretty amusing.
Along with the awesome descriptions, and characters, I loved the whole story in general. It was such an interesting plot, and while the story was very character-driven, it was also full of action. There was always something going on, or something to be figured out, and because of that, The Vicious Deep constantly keeps you on your toes! :D
Overall, I loved this one! So much! It's definitely on the top of my favourite reads this year, and I'm counting down the days until I can read the next book, The Savage Blue! :D I would recommend this to someone who loves mermaids, or even someone who isn't a mermaid fan. This book is so versatile with its male narrator and the action throughout, I think it would appeal to a lot of readers. It would also be great if you're a YA fan and are looking for an awesome story with a male lead. I know I personally like to mix it up and read a story with a male narrator every once in a while and there aren't too many YAs out there with them. :D
***I received an egalley of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
***A copy of this review is also posted on my blog, Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright and on my other online profiles.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
My first mermaid... sorry, merdude book. And I had major fun with it. Mostly due to the book not taking itself or the mermaid mythology too seriously. It had its fair share or solemn and intense moments, but the overall mood of the book was light, fun and adventurous with constant subtle or in your face humor.
Tristan is basically what took the book for me from ok to really good, I praise the author for successfully and beyond writing in a male POV. He was refreshing, charmingly dense and stuck up and a boys boy, a narrator who, from first glance, was your typical teenage pretty boy throwing out constant sarcastic, self-centered and just spot-on comments and reacting in ways that I just want to smack him over the head or pinch his cheeks of swoony overload. A hero you just cannot not find appealing. Next to him, this story definitely had a wide cast of distinct characters, a couple somewhat unnecessary ones, but all recognizable and for the most part likable.
I can't believe I'm actually saying this but I didn't mind the lack of romance as much as I usually would. Yes, Tristan had feelings for Layla, but he was too busy flirting with and being distracted by other girls so there wasn't a clear focus on their potential romance. I'm hopeful though. There was enough secondary character relationships and overall fun to keep me busy from missing blushes and kisses.
What I wasn't really wild about was the adding of other supernatural mythologies to the already central one. It just makes the waters murky and takes the focus away from the main theme. I hope that was just a small detour and nothing too permanent.
The ending left me hanging a bit as well. It kind of just happened and I didn't feel that there was a proper final climax. Several events, next to that beforehand, in the book were more like the peaks of the story.
I've already raved about him, but Tristan was a great flawed and fleshed out hero. I enjoyed reading the story from his point of view immensely because it felt authentic. He was just so harmlessly arrogant and a smooth talker while coming across a dork instead most of the time. His was laidback and calm, which also helped to create an overall chill atmosphere for the story. I also found his ignorance in regards to his behavior with girls sad yet hilarious. He needs to get his act or, more precisely, his hormones together and not be such a Casanova, otherwise, Layla will never take him seriously. Despite this, I have to congratulate him on managing what many probably wouldn't - to be manly/cool and a fish at the same time. Good job!
Kurt was stiff as a board but an amusing sidekick.
I couldn't fully relate to and understand Layla, she was nice and didn't take any of Tristan's douchebaggery, but there was something missing. I hope we delve into her character more in the upcoming books and she has chances to shine next to the awesomeness of Tristan.
I loved Tristan's parents: cool, fun, supportive, caring and always the first to tease, make fun of and agitate their son.
All the merfolk were vividly created and colorful. The couple that received more focus were unique, inserting and we'll definitely hear more about them.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Not only is this a decent and fun mermaid story, it's a book with a memorable hero and colorful cast of secondary characters. Most of all though, I liked the simple yet witty humor. Definitely recommend!
Now, about the book. Oh God, the book! Its so good, so good that I don't have the right words to describe it. Its written in first person, and that method is used so well that it feels the main characters himself told me the story. If I just say that the book is about mermaids, it will be complete injustice to this wonderful book. True that it is about mermaids, but not just your average mermaid in distress that you see abandoned in the sea and save her then you both fall in love and get married. No, this book will give you a completely different view of merfolk and the ocean. It'll open your eyes two times wider. The excellent fact about this book is that it's very first line is so describing and attention catching, interesting. What else could an author and reader want? I'd say once again that this book is very, very good, very accurately told from the main character's point of view. 6 out of 5 stars to this amazingly book that I have fallen in love with!