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Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep Book 1) by [Cordova, Zoraida]
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Length: 383 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 17 Grade Level: 7 - 12

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"Powerful and unique, The Vicious Deep gripped me with its edgy voice and authentic, compelling characters. Zoraida Córdova has created a fearless new world." - Trisha Wolfe, author of Destiny's Fire

"I cannot stress enough how well Zoraida told this story from a REAL guy's POV. It was like being inside a guy's head, no holding back, embarrassing moments and all, and the feelings that guys usually cover with humor or sarcasm are stripped down to their raw truth. It's just awesome on a whole new level. If that was the only reason to read this book, it would be more than enough, but the story has many layers and an amazing plot, too. Original sea creatures, fun side characters that heighten the adventure, and a deep, memorable romance that made me ache-I'm squirming to get my hands on the next book to find out the next part of Tristan's story. He is my new book boyfriend and I will fight for him!Original sea creatures, fun side characters that heighten the adventure, and a deep, memorable romance that made me ache-I'm squirming to get my hands on the next book to find out the next part of Tristan's story. He is my new book boyfriend and I will fight for him!... Zoraida Córdova mastered the written word, and created a fearless new world. This is a must read for every YA lover out there." - YA Bound

"HOLLA! T I love that the mermaids in THE VICIOUS DEEP are being described as something much darker and nastier. As much as I adore Ariel and King Trident and their sweet, weepy moment at the end of The Little Mermaid and their generally likable dispositions, I've always LOVED reading about the vindictive, manipulative side of mythological creatures who have little care for humanity. I can't wait to see what happens with Tristan and his battle to be KING OF THE OCEAN. Sounds so epic." - Tripping Books

"I so appreciated the quirky, funny voice of this fun and fantastic adventure story about a teenaged Brooklyn merman prince, the sea witch out to get him and the human girl he loves." - Sarvenaz Tash

"This mythical tale is a great read told on land and below the sea. These mermaids are not the lovely creatures you know - they may be beautiful but they are also deadly. Córdova gives us a great new ending to The Little Mermaid. Boys and girls will enjoy this book, because while there's a romance here, there's also a good amount of action. 4 Stars." - RT Book Reviews

""[A] multilayered debut . . . what she [Córdova] does exceedingly well is capture an authentic 16-year-old male voice and viewpoint . . .the great title, killer jacket, and edgy portrayal of the mythical creatures should cast a wide readership net." - Booklist" - Booklist

""I am so impressed with THE VICIOUS DEEP–finally a mermaid novel has been done 100% right!"- Jen, Literally Jen" - Literally Jen

"" The Vicious Deep is incredibly original and is plump full of funny, witty, charming, likeable characters"- Blogger Emireally, Night Owl Teen " - Night Owl Teen

""Cordavo kept you on the edge of your seat. "- Blogger Loretta, Between The Pages " - Between The Pages

""...this book was written for [teen boys]!"- Blogger Elizabeth, Alamosa Books " - Alamosa Books

About the Author

Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney's The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson's Moonwalker on repeat. Her favorite things are sparkly, like merdudes, Christmas, and New York City at night. Visit her at www.zoraidawrites.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 2534 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007INSDSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
From the moment I first heard about The Vicious Deep, I've been pining for it. Both the promise of being introduced to mermaids that, as stated on the cover, are "not the mermaids you know", and the cover design hinting at this book being more of an adventure than a supernatural romance, got me extremely excited for this title. And the fact that the story is told from a male's point of view only made me want to read it more. Plus, I love all things dark and eerie, and this novel seemed like just the perfect treat for me. And in many ways it was. Yes, there were also a few things that I didn't like, but these tiny little shortcomings didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying the story. Ultimately, I came out of reading this book feeling impressed and satisfied. The Vicious Deep is extremely unique and breathtakingly imagined YA debut, full of gorgeous creatures and dangerous adventures. Zoraida Cordóva is a talent to be reckoned with, her writing - both powerful and enticing, and there's no doubt in my mind that she can really turn this trilogy into one of the best - if not THE best - supernatural series out there.

I won't lie, I went into reading this novel with huge expectations. With all the hype it was getting, I was pretty much prepared to be swept off my feet. Was I swept off my feet? Yes, most definitely, although not right away. In fact, I found it very hard to get through the first 80 pages or so. The beginning of the story was quite chaotic, jumpy, and hard to focus on. I had serious trouble following the plot line and it took me a while to really get into the story, the awkward relationship between Tristan and Layla being one of the reasons for it. Thankfully, it gets so much better once we get past the first few chapters.
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This book is a bit hard to rate. Im a bit torn, because I love the author, but I just didn't connect with the book the way I wanted to.

I definitely think the story shows promise to get more interesting, but for me, lack of strong character development was a concern for me.

I'll start off first by giving you a run down of the book's content. "The Vicious Deep" follows the exploits of Tristan Hart, a young man, whom with time discovers he is a merman, and must embark on an adventure to gain not only the favor of the people, or fey-folk(really anything type of creature really), but also to find pieces of the Triton, a powerful weapon he would've inherited, had he been born to the sea, but must prove he is worthy to hold.

There were more things I didn't connect with than I did. Im not sure if this is the writing style signature to the author, or the way the story is edited, but there are many times where the story drifts and leaves me either bored, or confused. Or perhaps it could be the many characters that were often introduced, with either little warning, and not enough for me to have any type of relationship with.

In my opinion, the book is it's strongest during it's first 50-60 pages. Im not sure why I wasn't in love with the way the story was told, but I did like the story itself. The pacing was often at times slowed down because of the main character. Perhaps Tristan is not a clear enough narrator. At times he focuses on many things that lack importance, and while I get why(he is after all a teenage boy)his narrative wasnt as intelligent as I wouldve liked him to be.

This is not to say he's not likable. In fact he is. But perhaps I only feel this way because he is extremely good looking.
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By RHarsha on August 24, 2015
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This book follows a merman through his teen years, crushes on girls, and finding out that he is a mermaid prince.
Good storytelling. Starts slow but gets good about halfway through. First YA mermaid story I've found where the protagonists are involved in sexual activities. The main hero gets a BJ by a minor character. Totally different than the usual pristine princesses I have usually read about. The dialogue is intended to appeal to YA readers, so it's a little clunky and teenyboppery. I'd recommend it.
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This novel (and the two that follow it) is now one of my favorite books! Ioved all the surprises, twists, and turns this story had. Not your everyday cliche hero/heroine, either! Every chapter ended on an amazing note, leaving me yearning for more, and even when it was time for bed I didn't want to put the book down! Trust me, if you love fantastical novels and adventure/ romance, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! I'd give it ten stars if I could! ♥♥
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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.
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