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Posted May 18, 2013
I adored The Vicious Deep by author Zoraida Cordova. It was such
I adored The Vicious Deep by author Zoraida Cordova. It was such a fun read and at the time I had been reading a ton of mermaid-focused novels, out of them all The Vicious Deep was one of the most memorable. Mainly because the main character Tristan had been laugh out loud hilarious and the scene when he first discovers his merman tail has been stuck on my mind for quite some time (it’s one of my favorite comedic scenes ever guys). Getting to read The Savage Blue was awesome for so many reasons, I’ll just say that like the novel before it The Savage Blue ends on a cliff-hanger.
The Savage Blue takes place right where The Vicious Deep ended. Main character Tristan Hart has just found out that he is a descendant of mermaid royalty and, thanks to his grandfather, is now part of a quest to become ruler of the sea and get the Sea Throne. Tristan and co. go on a journey to find the remaining pieces of the trident so that Tristan may become king. Tristan searches for the oracle that will have the next piece of the trident.
During all of this Tristan battles against monsters in the sea (like sea dragons and water demons). However when Tristan does find the oracle a secret is revealed and Tristan is betrayed by one of the people closest to him. Nieve is getting stronger and somebody in Tristan’s group of friends is working with her. In the end, Tristan is left with a choice between the Sea Throne and Layla who he has fallen madly in love with.
The first thing I noticed while reading The Savage Blue was that the novel throws you into a ton of action. That’s what got me hooked. Right from the opening scene where Tristan and Kurt are fighting each other to when Kurt and Tristan are going at it with a sea demon that should have the upper hand and be able to kill them both (it doesn’t). The Savage Blue had a lot more the amount of action that The Vicious Deep had which caused the storyline to become more addictive because, seriously, who wants to stop reading in the middle of an awesome fight scene?
The Savage Blue opens readers up to more of the supernatural beings that exist in the world that The Vicious Deep is set in. I found that in The Vicious Deep we only really got to look at mermaids/mermen and then either saw a few brief scenes with other supernatural creatures or saw mentions of those supernatural creatures in dialogue. The Savage Blue gives you nearly everything. Faeries, centaurs, demon-type-things, the whole she-bang. Definitely refreshing considering that I assumed the novel would only really have mermaids (and it made a pleasant surprise).
Tristan’s relationship with Layla does get a bit more serious and the romance left me wanting the two of them to end up together (and to kiss without getting interrupted). Personally, I thought that Tristan kissed or was almost-kissed by too many other girls that weren’t Layla and it made me question his feelings for her. Besides that, my only other issue with the novel would just be a bit of the pacing about half-way through the novel when things start to get pitchy. Other than that it was actually really fantastic.
The last hundred or so pages honestly left me with my jaw smacking the ground. There is a major plot twist and the ending seriously broke my heart. I don’t know what to assume will happen in the next novel, all I know is that I am very, very excited to find out what happens next to Tristan and his friends. Will he win the Sea Throne and defeat Nieve? I need to know!!!
I’d recommend The Vicious Deep novels to readers that are big fans of mythology, mermaid lore and readers that are looking for a novel with supernatural elements and a comedic main character.
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Posted June 1, 2013
3.5 Stars 'The Savage Blue' is the second book in a young adult
'The Savage Blue' is the second book in a young adult fantasy series that continues to follow main character Tristan - a teenage merman - as he searches for the Sea Throne and the trident that will make him king. On top of this mission, he must lead his people in a deadly war against those that will stop at nothing to make sure he doesn't reach the throne. Then there's Layla - Tristan's best friend since childhood and the only girl he's ever truly loved. But a deep betrayal will cause Tristan to choose between Layla and his place on the Sea Throne. Will they reach the trident before it's too late? Will Tristan be forced to lose another dear friend in the fierce battle that's raging beneath the ocean's waves?
This was a great second installment in a fast paced and exciting fantasy adventure series. We see Tristan's character grow and mature more in this book, as he deals with the loss of a good friend and must lead his people on a dangerous quest to find the trident. Tristan is a great main character, with his sense of humor and sarcasm, along with his deep loyalty to his family, his friends, and his people - all of these qualities make him a realistic and enjoyable lead. Not many books, especially in this genre, have a guy as the main character, so that gives the series an edge over other books out there right now. I like Tristan's insight and his outlook on things refreshing. The plot was interesting and I loved learning more about the Sea Throne, the trident, and the history of the merfolk. The author really did a good job with the descriptions and backstory behind the plot, which I feel made it more complex and layered. The writing was well done with a great pace and effortless flow to the book. There were a great mix of genres in the novel, including action, fantasy, adventure, and romance. The romantic part of the book is a great addition, but it doesn't overshadow the main plot line of the book. I thought it does a good job at making the plot more believable and realistic - especially with the problems that Tristan encounters. It shows that even though he's a merman and trying to find the trident, he still has to deal with normal teenage problems. I found Tristan's inner dialogue and the conversations between characters to be witty and fun, and it felt natural - not forced or awkward, which made the story all the more believable for me. Overall, this was a great second book in a fun and interesting YA fantasy series. I definitely recommend it for fans of the genre or those looking for a fun series about mermaid mythology.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted June 13, 2013
Posted June 8, 2013
The Savage Blue
Man was this book great I loved it so much. I think Gwen doesnt really want to do that to tristan because I think she does truely like him. The twist with Kurt was really unexpected, and poor Layla.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 11, 2013
Yes! That's was amazing. By page 87i thought the story was wrapp
Yes! That's was amazing. By page 87i thought the story was wrapping up...but then I was like its only page 87out of 300 this is so much that can happen!!!!! Oh kurt! Oh layla! Omg when dose the next come out!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2013
Say it ain't so. Dear Kurt, that was NOT COOL. Dear Gwen, I fe
Say it ain't so. Dear Kurt, that was NOT COOL.
Dear Gwen, I feel for you.
Dear Tristan, you got this bro. Keep your head up.
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Posted May 23, 2013
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