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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 l
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Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Rane

This was fun, fun, FUN! I couldn't get enough of Zoraida Córdova debut novel, from the whole summer feel to *GASP* mermen! Yup! Cordova gave us something totally new with a male lead that is a merman- let the mayhem begin!

Tristan Hart is just your normal horn dog/manslut sixteen year old teen. His love for the water just seems to stem from being a great swimmer, and living around Coney Island, New York. Until one day a freak storm appears and Tristan is dragged into the sea, missing for three
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Experiment BL626
CAUTION: Long Review.

The Vicious Deep begins with Tristan on lifeguard duty at the beach when suddenly a freak wave hits. While everyone runs for their lives, Tristan races to rescue a drowning victim thinking he could make it. Alas, he didn't. Soon, Tristan washes up on shore and taken to the hospital.

People say a near-death experience can be life changing, but with Tristan it reached to a whole new level.

Tristan learned he was lost for three days at sea and was the only survivor of the freak
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Garrett
The cover of The Vicious Deep tells you not to let it pull you under. Well, you'll want to do the opposite. Because I'm warning you: this book's just like the whirlpool Tristan encounters in the beginning; it sucks you right in and refuses to let go.
The Vicious Deep is something I never expected to find: a guys' mermaid book. Well, maybe not exactly, more unisex, if anything. There's plenty of kisses and romance for the ladies, but there's also plenty of thrills, action, and fighting for the guy
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I love mermaids, I really do. Fishy folks just capture my attention, but so far I have been so let down by their depiction in fiction and film. From The Little Mermaid to the Vicious Deep series to the Lullaby series...it seems that the main similarities between fictional merfolk and sirens and other water-dwelling creatures in fiction is not their fins nor their affinity to water, but rather, their absolute stupidity and inability to think like a rational person (not person person, but you get ...more
Trisha Wolfe
You’ll see me mention voice in a lot of reviews. Some might understand what I mean by it, others might not, but if you want to read something that is a perfect example of “voice”, and how it can transform a character into a three-dimensional, real live person on the page, and suck you so far into a story you feel you’re there, too, then you must read The Vicious Deep. Told from super smokin’ hottie Tristan Hart, TVD grabs you from the first page. With non-stop action, hilarious dialogue, and sin ...more
Kelli Lee
May 09, 2012 Kelli Lee marked it as did-not-finish
My first mermaid or merman or merfolk (?) book and I wasn't left with a good impression. Didn't even reach my 100 page marker where I decide if I'll continue reading a book I'm feeling iffy about. 81 pages in and I threw in the towel. Story started out just fine, but then. But then, it just got all shades of huh? What? Why are you, Tristan (MC), continually talking about your dick, your junk? And when the main character went all Splash, you know, the bathtub scene where Daryl Hannah's character ...more
Misty
The Vicious Depp dammit every time Deep popped up on my radar when this happened, and from that point, I knew I hadto read it. And by the time that un-happened and a new cover was born, it was so firmly planted in my to-read wishlist that I found myself becoming a member of the Bloggers of the Deep street team.
And for that, I am glad.

The Vicious Deep is a very engaging, somewhat unusual take on mermaids. Riding the crest of the wave of what looks to be a pretty good mermaid craze, TVD forgoes t
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Kristalia
Final rating: ★★★☆/★★★★★

vicious deep

I have never read anything related to mermaids, and it was quite refreshing to find a book with male (first person)pov instead of female. In young adult world 99% of the books are from female pov and in first person.
I think i kinda felt like this:
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Except you must imagine a male "Merman" doing it. No wait, imagine Prince Eric doing it and having fins. And wait, he is not Ariel in personality, because he was born and raised as human.

Tristan was interesting character, i love
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Heidi

Three Stars: A fun book with mermen and more!

Tristan is enjoying another lifeguard shift at the Coney Island Beach. He watches the sun kissed girls in skimpy bikinis and sunglasses parading up and down the beach, a catwalk for the lifeguards. His eyes dart over them, but in reality he only has eyes for one girl, Layla, who just happens to be his best friend and has no idea of his feelings. The lazy afternoon is interrupted without warning when screams pierce the air. A giant wave is headed towar
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Ornella (Nyx)
3.5 Stars Rounding down.

This book started out great, lots of humor, dirty jokes, and it was written in a guy's POV which just made it that much more funny. I am still not sure what to make of Tristan, sometimes I liked him others not so much, but by the end of the book I still feel undecided...There is just something about him that is missing. It almost feels like when you are in shock, you can see everything that's going on but you don't truly feel anything, and that's what it felt like at some
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Marie
Loved this book! So action-packed- had me sitting on the edge of my seat for the whole 3 hours I read it!!
Praise to the author for writing a new amazing series! Hope you don't take too long writing the sequel I don't think I can wait!
Jon

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“He was claimed by the sea...and now it wants him back.”
Thank you to Goodreads which helped me find the Vicious Deep! I found it on a listopia for YA Mermaid books and I was so excited to find a book from the point of view of a merman. I also met Zoraida Cordóva at an annual book festival and she was very kind and friendly! Also my Goodreads friend Dr. Bob recommended it to me which made me want to read it even more!

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Matt
Meet Tristan - man-slut, popular, life-guard, ultra-pretty-boy, average intelligence.

Tristan's life, up until the beginning of the book, is pretty straightforward. In fact his life is easy.

But all that's about to change because...HE'S A MERMAID! Wait, they prefer the term Merman. Cause that's 10,000 times more manly.

So, Merman Tristan discovers that he is, in fact, related to the Sea King, the ruler of all merpeople, his mother being a princess. Turns out, his grandfather is nearing the end of h
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~Tina~
This turned out to be very different from what I was expecting.
The Vicious Deep started out strong, dark, mysterious and enjoyable but then it went from alluring to ridiculously comical and strange, completely changing my experience and entertainment.
All Things Urban Fantasy
More Nevernever Land than Hogwarts, THE VICIOUS DEEP is a mix of the poetic and profane that would do Shakespeare proud, ribald banter alongside lyrical imagery. Tristan faces challenges that range from a centuries old sea witch to a heartbroken ex-girlfriend and this blend of epic and ordinary created a memorable story that has me anxious for more.

Though this book is about merfolk, Tristan may as well be a siren. His voice absolutely seduced me from page one. Descriptive, wry, and distinct, as
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Leigh Collazo

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REVIEW: On the surface, Vicious Deep has all the ingredients that I love to see in a YA novel: a male protagonist, a seemingly unattainable romance, mermaids and an assortment of mythological sea creatures, snarky humor, a quest to find an oracle... but I can't say I loved this book. For one thing, it took me THREE WEEKS to finish reading it. I kept putting it down, falling asleep after three pages, reading other books "in between." Why did that hap
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Mitch
Really liked how this book started, but also felt it kind of runs out of steam and collapses towards the end. The beginning though, is absolutely hilarious. Normally books by female authors from male points of view are hit or miss for me, because, no offense, but a lot of female authors write guys like how girls expect guys to behave, not how we actually behave, but I had a stupid grin on my face through most of Part One because Tristan just spouts guy humor. Really, while I was reading this at ...more
Anne
Cute book...just not what I was expecting.

From the title and the blurb, I thought this was going to be a much darker/grittier story.
The Vicious Deep.
Sucked out to sea...terrifying mermaid with razor sharp teeth...haunted dreams...pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods...
Darkish, right?
Except, it's not.

Raise your hand if you've ever seen Disney's Little Mermaid.
Ok, good.
So, this is more like what would happen if Ariel and Eric had a son, and he didn't find out he was half merman until he was ab
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This great, debut voice takes the readers under the sea with a refreshing male perspective, action and romance. But once you dive into this novel, you won’t want to put it down!

Opening Sentence: I hear the first wave before I see it–

The Review:

Tristan thinks his love for the ocean comes from being an excellent swimmer. Or, maybe, because his mother always told him he was born on the ocean. But that’s before a freak tidal wave sucks him out t
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Rebecca Gordon
Tristan Hart would have never guessed he was a merman. The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova begins with Tristan lifeguarding at Coney Island and being swept away by a vicious wave. He was gone for three days, and then reappeared at Coney Island with no clues of what happened to him. Soon his dreams are being haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid and he has several new “relations” appear in his life. Layla is Tristan best friend and she knows Tristan is acting strange. Tristan soon learns he is h ...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Aug 20, 2014 Bonnie (A Backwards Story) is currently reading it
Shelves: mermaids, 2012
THE VICIOUS DEEP is different enough from other mermaid novels that it stands out. For one thing, it features a male protagonist. Male voices are seldom-heard in YA to begin with, but a book from the POV of a guy who doesn't know he's a merman is even rarer. Plus, the author is female, and while I often find that male POVs written by females tend to have a false ring to them, Zoraida Córdova is spot-on in her narration. Sometimes we're meant to love him, while other times, we want to slap him up ...more
Katy
3.5 stars - I'm not sure what to make of this book.

On one hand, I REALLY liked this book. It was quite entertaining, and I thought the writing was witty and pretty awesome. I really liked Tristan's sense of humor and how he was well... such a guy. You may say, "Well, DUH, he IS a guy." But not very many people can write guy characters in a way and not make them either too sappy or too much of a jerk. Don't get me wrong, Tristan did have his jerk moments, but it was with that guy cluelessness how
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Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
You never know what to expect when you come across a book about mermaids. Especially when the synopsis gives way to very little plot. We find Tristan Hart, a sixteen year old teenager who loves the ladies and is also a swimmer. His best friend Layla by his side, he realizes he's not your average teenager. He encounters a world full of mythical beings and is surprised to be a part of the fantasy world.

I hadn't read too many reviews on this one since the release date is so far away, but I had high
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Laura
What an exciting debut! I haven't read many mermaid books, Zoraida Córdova really took the genre and shook it up. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Tristan Hart, a high schooler from New York, is washed out to sea during a freak storm. He's found days later, alive, but shaken up. His world becomes even more topsy turvy when he finds out that he's a merman, and a royal one at that. A challenge is issued, and Tristan, along with his friends and family – both human and otherworldly – must
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
So super excited to read this! I hope I get approved on Net Galley!

Update Ok ok... Netgalley didn't dig me but that's ok. First in line at library!! Woo woo!!!

Update My library system has it and it is now in transit to me!! YAYS!! Super excited!

The Review!

Tristan is a lifeguard for Coney Island.

Sounds awesome, right?

Well, it sounds awesome to me! I've always wanted to go to Coney Island and Tristan works there... in an orange SPEEDO!!!

I'm not quite sure how old Tristan is. I'm guessing 16 but I
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Katelyn
Cordova has brought readers and fans of the young adult literature scene a fresh new voice and a ton of fun new characters to enjoy. As a fan of series reading, this first installment has me convinced that Cordova has a winner on her hands and hopefully more of her wonderfully fast paced writing style and adorable characters still to come. While mermaids might be staging a come back among the paranormal genre in 2012, Cordova brought a unique spin of her own and didn't show any signs of slowing ...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
The Vicious Deep is Absolutely Fan-friggin-tastic. Thank you, Zoraida Cordova, for Tristan Hart. I love this guy. Yeah, Tristan’s a little bit of a jerk when it comes to the girls. He's six-foot two of gorgeousness with a smart-ass sense of humor, but he’s learning the error of his ways. Tristan made me want to jump into this novel. I know I'm gushing, but that's how deliciously awesome Tristan Hart is. Cordova created an excellent character with the way a teen guy would talk, think, and act. I ...more
Skandia
If you like Percy Jackson books, this book is as good as Rick Riordan's with some similarities in the main character, his entourage and even the course of adventure. Regardless, this is a very good YA adventure book with different merfolk creatures.
Jo
I think this would have been a better book had I not read Of Poseidon first. Not that either book was better than the other, they were just very similar. I do think the author did a good job of taking a main character who is unlikable and bringing the audience around to routing for him. Jane Austen's Emma did this brilliantly. My daughter, who has not read Of Poseidon, really enjoyed this book. There are a couple of parts where you can see into a teenager boy's mind (or what we as women think is ...more
Ricky
I first discovered this one on Wattpad and really enjoyed it. When I learned that my library had a hardcover copy, I had to get my hands on it immediately.

So I did.

At first, I noticed a lot of parallels to Percy Jackson...



For instance, the New York setting, the underwater setting, the trident, the First Person Smartass protagonist (my favorite kind, both to read and to write), and of course the connection to Poseidon. There's also more than a few dashes of Toby Daye in the DNA here, especially w
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Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She made her way up north and now works in the glittering New York City nightlife. She likes shiny things like Christmas, merdudes, and the skyline at night. She loves making new friends.
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