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.

Thoughts: When I first saw this book pop up on my goodreads, at first, I was like holy canoli that cover is amazingly beautiful! Then I realized not only was it about merfolk but it had a hot boy narrator! I knew I had to get my hands on this book, and when I did I wasn’t disappointed. With it’s fresh take on the lore of mermaids and it’s fierce thrills The Vicious Deep is a wave of excitement. 

We start off with hot I-can-have-any-girl-I-want lifeguard Tristan Hart. He been enjoying life but that all changes the day a vicious storm shows up on his beach in Coney Island. Tristan is pulled under in one wave, and somehow shows up alive three days later. Soon all the pieces start to fall into place and it just so happens that Tristan is a very important merman. With the help of new friends and his best friend Layla, Tristan will be tested and pushed to the limit in aspects he didn’t even know were real, and now there’s no turning back.

Lets start off with Tristan Hart. Tristan has always been one of my favorite boy names and adding Hart to it just adds to the appeal. Tristan is that cocky, sexy, guy that you cannot help but love right away. But as you get to see more of his heart and his thoughts, he just sinks deeper into you. He’s a main character whose journey you want to follow. He has a brilliant voice and I loved watching him through his adventure.

I really enjoyed all the other characters introduced as well. Kurt is someone I definitely want to crack open some more. At times we see his shell break and that’s where you see his sauceyness or gentleness too. Then is his sister Thalia who I adored. I love her whole demeanor, her carefree personality, and plus she can talk to her seahorse! I would definitely want to be able to talk to animals if I could have a talent! Finally, I need to mention Layla. I not sure whether to applaud her or shake her. She’s this tough best friend who would do anything for Tristan and I love that about her. But, I still am waiting for her to give in, to just freely feel what she and we know Tristan feels. Oh and Ryan! Shout out for Ryan, I loved him too!

Overall, I truly enjoyed what The Vicious Deep had to offer in its stormy waters. The story itself is thrilling and completely unique. I love how Zoraida introduced the mer-world. It was beautiful in it’s own way. If you love mermaid stories like I do, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one! There’s laughs, drama, danger, and romance all braided into one! Definitely pick it up!

– 4 Out of 5 Splatters –

-Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for the review copy – 

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

7 thoughts on “The Vicious Deep by: Zoraida Cordova

  1. I've heard a few mixed things about THE VICIOUS DEEP, so I'm very happy you ended up liking it so much. Sadly I'm not such a huge fan of the name \”Tristan\” (that happens when the only Tristan you know is seriously weird), so I always ended up being a bit unsure whether I want to read it or not (which is stupid, of course). 😀 Thanks for sharing!CarinaFictional Distraction


  2. I have to type up my review for this one!! i absolutely LOVED Thalia and Ryan too! They were my favorite thing about this whole damn story! Best believe i'm gonna babble about them in my review! lol I want more Kurt & Thalia in the next one!! Also, OMG! When that one thing went down and that one girl got hit and we thought she was you know what!?!? OMG! I was flippin'! AHHHH! What's gonna happen next?! I need to know. Awesome review Jenjen! ❤ you!


  3. I totally agree with everything you said! and I love how eloquently you've put it : a wave of excitement! Yes, this book definitely is just that! I loved how adventurous and beautifully depicted Zoraida's world was. While I loved all the side-kick characters, though, I did not fell under Tristan's charm. He was just a tiny bit too much at times. i like cocky and arrogant characters, but he was too much of a player, hopefully he'll get better in the next book! but I just loved the quote: \”I have a fu**ng tail!* 😀 LOL Fabulous review!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: