The Vicious Deep
by Zoraida Cordova
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Well, it's certainly the summer of merpeople.sirenz,selkies! And I am loving it! Some are eerily dark, some are deeply romantic and some, like this one had me laughing even though it had some dark (slightly) moments. Zoraida Cordova can get inside a teenage boy's head as if she is one! And I've seen pictures, she's very pretty, she is no boy! But Tristan Hart, who narrates The Vicious Deep, is so funny. He's a bit stuck on himself, like when Layla comments on the good looks of someone he thinks to himself "hey what about me" or he thinks he can get any girl, any, to fall for him. Except of course, the one he wants who thinks he's a man wh*re.
For the serious part, Tristan gets swept out to sea in the very beginning by a huge rogue wave. Lots of people die. Tristan is the only one that makes it back alive. Despite that, his mother doesn't want him in the hospital. She makes him leave the same day they find him and at home he's having a hard time settling down into his old routine. His skin doesn't feel right. He feels like there is sand everywhere. Oh, both parents still there, no alcohol or drug problems, mom and dad very much in love. Not stinkin' rich, but well to do. Yes, this is YA, I know. But, they kept one bit of information from Tristan thinking he'd never have to deal with it. I cannot tell you how he learns about it, but it has got to be one of the most comical scenes a secret of this magnitude has ever been revealed.
Then the world Zoraida Cordova builds, is just so fantastic. It's exactly what I would imagine and not at all what I would be able to come up with on my own. The fantasy aspect of it was so great, I felt like I was reading a fairy tale, but there were no Ariel's. This is a cutthroat kingdom! The food and drink, the bed chambers, I ate it all up!
I read the ARC of this novel courtesy of Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tours, but I loved it so much, I bought my own copy. Thanks to them for allowing me to read it and hold my review until the week of the All Male Review Challenge Week. Obviously reading the ARC in no way influenced my review and I'm so excited the next in the series comes out early winter! Thanks for writing so fast Zoraida Cordova!!
This is one of the books that you can choose in the All Male Review Challenge Giveaway!