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The Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep #1)

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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
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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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
Khanh (the meanie)
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 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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
You know those books that have a slow start, but then continue to build up and you can hardly believe the potential and epicness of the story, until you pass the middle and everything is back to the "pretty-good-but-not-the-awesomeness-I-began-to-expect" stage?

Nevertheless, The Vicious Deep is NOTHING like the majority of the YA mermaid books flooding the market - we have a mermen as a protagonist, who is not an angsty, quiet and misunderstood by the world teen, but an outgoing, popular and coc
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Paige  Bookdragon

This book is okay, I think. It has some funny part but most of the time I'm rolling my eyes to the lead character.I find the MC somewhat inconsistent and whiny and the plot doesn't hold much interest to me.
Trisha Wolfe
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
The Vicious Depp dammit every time Deep popped up on my radar when this happened, and from that point, I knew I had to 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
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.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Leigh Collazo
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok

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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
Ornella (Nyx)
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned-series
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
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!
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mermaids

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Check out my interview with Zoraida Córdova!
“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!

Final rating: 3.75/5 stars

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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:
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 lo
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think THE VICIOUS DEEP might be my favorite of this year's mermaid books that I've read. Tristan Hart is a lifeguard who gets sucked into an epic wave when trying to save someone. When he's found alive and well three days later, he can't remember anything except a silver mermaid and he's a little . . . different.

Zoraida Córdova may be a debut author, but she already knows how to write an absorbing story. I cannot wait to read THE SAVAGE BLUE and find out what happens next to Tristan, his best
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun story line, would have liked more merpeople action! A few humdrum parts, but over all, good. Will probably finish trilogy...
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, What Can I say this was my second go round and I still love this book and I'm so glad that I decided to reread it sooner than later.

This book follows Tristian who learns that he's a Merman and while internally freaking out also thinks why couldn't he be something less girly like a werewolf. I like his sense of humor in face of learning that he's something not human.

I feel like he came out on the chill side of things while learning what he was but he still had the right amount of WTF is ha
Howard Parsons
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tristan Hart has a problem. Several problems, actually. Tristan is a relatively normal adolescent boy; Awkward at times, tongue-tied when he really needs to not be. His troubles include problems with girls in general, an ex-mermaid for a mother and the fact that his grandfather has decided that Tristan should inherit his throne as Sea King. There are more problems as the book progresses but this short list will do for starters.

This reviewer decided that The Vicious Deep would be a great "beach-r
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-emmy
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
Nancy The book junkie
Review to come!
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
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Giselle (Book 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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Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her latest novel, Labyrinth Lost, was a Best Book of 2016 and has been optioned for film by Paramount Studios. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel.

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