Lark lives in a pretty crazy world. Apparently to sustain the energy needed to run this world they harvest children. Creepy right? Each person containLark lives in a pretty crazy world. Apparently to sustain the energy needed to run this world they harvest children. Creepy right? Each person contains some magic and there is a ceremony where a group of children are chosen to be harvested. It’s an honor to be chosen. After you’re harvested you get to join the world of adults and be assigned a job. (Doesn’t sound all that much fun to me!) Lark is reaching the ripe old age of 16 and yet she still hasn’t been chosen to be harvested. She’s starting to get a complex.
She’s devastated when she discovers that she didn’t make the list once again. Then mysteriously she is chosen.
And being harvested isn’t exactly what it’s cracked up to be and Lark ends up escaping with barely her life in tact. She’s on a journey to discover what she is and find the Iron Woods.
I’ve got to admit I was a little confused at the beginning of this book. But I find that happening to me frequently when I’m reading about a new world, so I try not to get detoured by that. I had some ups and downs the first half of the novel. Once Lark gets chosen and in the process of the harvesting, there was some crazy things going on. Then once she escapes, I got a bit disinterested. I was still a little confused at the pockets of magic and what exactly was going on. Also, Lark was alone, so it got a bit tedious for me. Thankfully Nix and then not long after that Oren show up. I was back in the game at this point and it kept going till the end.
I loved Lark and Oren. And I totally did not see that “thing” coming. You’ll know what I’m talking about. Totally threw me for a freaggin loop there. I was so distracted by this crazy world and Lark trying to navigate everything around her that I was totally blindsided.
I liked the world building, but I would have liked to know more of the “why” of it all. What was the war exactly and why did happen? Maybe we’ll find the answers to that later on in other installments of the series?
Even though I had initial reservations, I ended up devouring this book. The writing was superb, the characters were complex and well thought out and the story was just so intense! I am ready for more. I really want to meet Basil. This MUST happen! Sci-fi, fantasy, maybe a little dystopian elements thrown in there and some magic, Skylark has it all....more
I love books about mythological beings and mermaids, er mermen, are one of my favorites! Something I’d yet to encounter with this type of story was on
I love books about mythological beings and mermaids, er mermen, are one of my favorites! Something I’d yet to encounter with this type of story was one told from a boys perspective, and with The Vicious Deep we get that perspective!
The story starts off with a whirlwind! Almost literally! Tristan is lifeguarding and get’s caught up in a massive storm while trying to rescue a drowning swimmer. Three days later with no recollection of what happened, Tristan washes up on the beach. And something just isn’t right.
One thing leads to another and we discover that Tristan is no ordinary human. He’s a merman. And not just any merman. He’s a part of the royal family and the Sea King wants a word with him!
I loved Cordova’s take on the mermaid lore. It was brilliant how she contrasted the somewhat darker world below the sea with the whimsical and entertaining Coney Island. I don’t know why I feel in love with the setting like I did, but it just worked so well!
Tristan is a boys, boy. He is too hot for his good, he is charismatic and athletic. He can be the biggest a-hole one second and then have you feeling sorry for him the next! But you want to root for him. You want to see him become Sea King and at the same time you want him to be with Layla. Speaking of Layla. I wanted so much more of her! And this relationship with Tristan! What is going on with those two! It is driving me crazy!
This book is fun. Don’t let the darker tone of the title sway you. You will be laughing out loud at points! There are a few serious and dangerous moments, don’t get me wrong it’s not all fun and games. But it’s mostly just a fun ride! You get the front row seat on an epic adventure with Tristan and his friends. You’ll get off and want to get right back on!
I was so not ready for this book to end. WHY DID IT HAVE TO END!?! There is so much more that can happen! And I can’t wait to see what does!
If you are looking for a read that is fast paced, fun and just a little bit different. You need The Vicious Deep!...more
Maybe I enjoyed this one so much because I’m a sucker for a mermaid story. That being said, I wasn’t expecting much. The cover is gorgeous and that goMaybe I enjoyed this one so much because I’m a sucker for a mermaid story. That being said, I wasn’t expecting much. The cover is gorgeous and that got my attention, but the plot didn’t get me excited. A girl that can talk to fish is going to save a kingdom? Seriously?
It starts with Emma going on vacation with her best friend. She literally runs into this guy, Galen. Of course he is absolutely gorgeous and he has these strange eyes. I know, I know! But stay with me here!
Emma and her friend Chloe go frolicking in the ocean, even though Emma has a bit of an aversion for the water. Then something happens. Something that makes Galen curious as to what Emma is. Could she possibly be a Syrena, like him. Oh, did I forget to mention that Galen was a Syrena! Not just any Syrena, he’s a Syrena PRINCE!
Of Poseidon was light, entertaining, cute and just plain fun! (Although there is one not so light moment.) It was just the sort of book I needed in that moment that I read it. Something that captured my attention so much it made the rest of the world fade away for a while.
I loved these characters. Emma, Galen, Rayna and Toraf. Even Galen’s pretend mom, her name is eluding me at the moment and I’m much to lazy to get up and find my kindle! But she was a riot! They are just a group of quirky and amusing characters. I loved Emma’s sarcastic and slightly neurotic voice. She reminded me a lot of myself at times! And the chemistry between Emma and Galen! Whew! It’s a wonder those two didn’t have the ocean boiling!
The story was told in duel perspectives, but in a different way than I am used to. Emma’s part of the story is told in first person, but for Galen’s part it was told in third person. While it threw me a bit initially it really worked well for the story that needed to be told.
While I was more than satisfied with Of Poseidon, I am beyond anxious for more!
This is definitely the perfect read to grab for a day at the beach!...more