Saturday, May 12, 2012

SBB Tour Review: The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

Synopsis: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.


Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Thanks to Southern Book Bloggers for letting me be a part of this blog tour!


Review:
This is actually the first 'mermaid' type book I've read. Technically it's a 'merman' book, but you know what I mean. It didn't quite meet my expectation of a Young Adult novel. I think it would be more appropriately categorized as Middle Grade. That being said it is an interesting story.

I find the idea of an underwater world really cool. I did grow up with The Little Mermaid after all. The plot is simple and direct. Tristan finds out he has some royal mermaid heritage on his mother's side and is whisked into the turmoil going on under the sea. I do wish the characters had been fleshed out more and there was a huge lack of dialogue in my opinion. That may have been why I couldn't connect with the characters.  Also, there were instances of crude language and themes, which I don't have a problem with, but they were inconsistent with the rest of the book.
As I said, I think this would make a really great Middle Grade read (aside from the mature parts).

1 comment:

Yago Dalben said...

Hey,

I've never read book about "mermaids" before. I have Siren by Tricia Rayburn, but I didn't have time to read it yet.

"The Vicious Deep" looks a good book, but it wasn't able to caught my attention...

Hugs,
Yago.