Book Review: The Vicious Deep

Book Review: The Vicious DeepThe Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova
Series: The Vicious Deep #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 1st 2012
Pages: 372
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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.

Every now and then, I get a craving for mermaids. Thinking that I had read all my mermaid related reads, I was surprised to stumble upon The Vicious Deep. Wanting the read to be a surprise, I decided to skip the summary and start it based on what I could remember, which was something along the lines of scary mermaids. Wrong… sort of.

The Vicious Deep introduces us to Tristan, a young man who after a near-death experience with a wave discovers that he is a merman. There is a lot more to it than that, but I don't want to spoil the surprise.

In the beginning, The Vicious Deep had a lot of promise. I loved that it was different than so many other mermaid books, mostly due to it being from the male POV. But despite the promise of the read, I was bored. The Vicious Deep had so many basic day to day events leading up to the big surprise / twist that I honestly almost didn't make it there. More than once, I had considered just cutting my losses and moving on. But against my better reading judgement, I decided to keep going, and was rewarded for it.

As with many first books in a series, The Vicious Deep was about the foundation. Setting the story. Meeting the characters. Then, finally getting to the action. While I usually enjoy all the set up events, for The Vicious Deep, at times, it was just a struggle to get through. And to be honest, I am not exactly sure why. However, once I hit that half way point, and the action started, I was sold.


Final Verdict:

The Vicious Deep wasn't perfect, but there was times that I couldn't put the book down. Maybe some of the issues are related to it being the first book. Maybe I am just having an issue focusing on reading lately. I don't know. Regardless of whatever it was, by the end of the read, I found myself scouring my bookcases hoping that I had book two.

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