Monday, June 8, 2015

[Review] The Vicious Deep - Zoraida Córdova

Title: The Vicious Deep
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: 2012
My Rating: ★★★1/2

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 . . . 

My Thoughts:

Tristan Hart is Percy Jackson's slutty, older cousin. He's a bit of a screwball, he's popular with the ladies, and he's the grandson of the Sea King. Totally likable, except for when he's being a complete ass to the girls he dated before. Seriously, he's a whore. But he's a funny whore, so I forgive him. 

When he first transforms into a merman, the reaction is a bit . . . nonexistent. There's some panic, some disbelief, but then the arrival of two merfolk (via his bathroom faucet) distracts you from the fact that Tristan now has a sparkly blue tail. And, of course, his biggest concern is where his junk went. Boys. This wasn't the only time where I felt like I was reading the bare bones of a scene, like it wasn't fleshed out enough. Despite this, Córdova has some great descriptions and Tristan's voice (first person, past) is spot on. 

My biggest complaint is that I wanted to skip all the high school fluff and get straight to the plot--Tristan claiming the Sea King's throne. The novel mostly takes place on the beach or at his high school. I was really expecting more of a, you know, underwater theme. Maybe I'll get that in the next book. 

Part The Little Mermaid and part The Lightning Thief, The Vicious Deep makes for a great summer read. 

Have you read it?

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