Tuesday, March 4, 2014

YA Book Review: The Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep 1)

Book Title: The Viscous Deep (The Vicious Deep 1)
Author: Zoraida Corgova |WebsiteTwitter| Facebook|
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Fiction
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: Paperback
Cost: $9.99
Pages: 370
How I got it: BEA 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Shelfabililty: Must Read

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.

This was for me a surprising read.  I wasn't sure what to expect from the author as she was a new one to me and this was a debut novel. Can I say I was on the bus, and train laughing out loud?? I mean actually laughing out loud. I found the characters fresh, fun and very real.  Tristan was my favorite kind of character, it's very rare to have a male character be the lead and he was so good.

Tristan was your typical teenager, until he finds out about his mother's ancestry. I can't tell you how much his reaction amused me. I tried sharing it as a joke to a friend and she was like "i guess you had to have read it" talk about a buzz kill, I still got chuckles though.  I have to say his friends kind of reminded me of several other guy,girl friends. except without their own magic, loyal and willing to stick with you no matter what.  I did however find Layla to be a bit of an a**, there is being brave and then there is sheer stupidity and many times she confused the two believing she was better.

I liked that the characters were fleshed out, and many had their motives for why they were doing what they did.  The world building was done well, as there are not too many stories based on this mythology. From the very beginning the story pulls you in and keeps you wanting more.  Tristan is a likable character and his adventures are well written.  I can't wait to see what happens as Tristan races to stay ahead of his comptetitors and attempts to stay alive.
I'm trying to tell you I love the story without sounding like a teenager gushing about their fave band. But I do I love the story and I can't wait for the final book to come out this year and when it does, don't expect to see me for at least 2 days.

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