Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Series: The Vicious Deep, #1
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
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: Actual rating is 2.5 stars.
And that concludes my Mermaid Marathon. I'm sad that none of the books managed to impress me that much. I really liked Monstrous Beauty but I was never blown away by it. I was hoping at least this book would do just that, so I could end the marathon with a bang.
But, as you can already tell from the rating, I'm afraid that was not to be.
This review will be brief because I honestly don't have that much to say about this book. It's your usual "discovering-supernatural-heritage" story, just with a male protagonist. Basically the book is about Tristan Hart, a guy who was taken under the sea and wakes up three days later on the shore with no memory of what happened. And then he starts getting visions of this scary mermaid with sharp teeth and he finds out he's of merfolk royalty and . . . I think you know how the rest goes.
Right off the bat, I didn't like Tristan at all. The book is told in first person from his POV, and I thought that I could sympathize with him or something. But we find out that he cheated on his girlfriend and he doesn't even seem all that guilty about it. I felt so bad for his ex. Since I can't stand infidelity, the fact that he's a cheater was pretty much a deal breaker for me that I won't like him. And he was just so damn cocky all the time, so that didn't help at all.
The plot was all over the place. I couldn't follow it. Things just kept on stacking and stacking over one another and it really gave me a headache. Nearing the end, I was tempted to put this book on hold or just not finish it, but I did anyway.
So, yeah. That's pretty much all I can think of to say about this book. In short, I thought it followed the usual plot line of the protagonist discovering their supernatural heritage and such, I didn't like a lot of the characters although not all, and it just wasn't entertaining enough for me to want to read the rest of the series. But I give it 2.5 stars anyway because it wasn't horrible.