Today I'm featuring THE VICIOUS DEEP, a thrilling YA featuring a teen who finds out he has merfolk lineage.
Here are some things I love about this debut:
A hot merman? Hello! What's not to like? Tristan can come off as arrogant, but he's also charming as he tries to come to terms with his new identity.
All the merfolk mythology. It's obvious the author is fascinated by the subject and did her research.
I like that the book doesn't take itself too seriously. There are amusing details such as the sea king chewing gum ("The flavor is all gone." - ha!) and Tristan wondering where certain parts of the male anatomy go when mermen are tailed.
The author is from Ecuador (where I was an exchange student for one year) and I enjoyed how she integrated tidbits from Ecuadorian culture. It jazzed up the characterization considerably.
Now let's chat with Zoraida!
What is your favorite scene in the book?
My favorite scene is Chapter 10. This is Tristan's big reveal, and though it seems so many things are coming at him all at once, I think there's still a level of surreal humor that keeps him grounded.
What is your favorite line in the book?
"And when I open my eyes, it's still there-- My great blue fishtail."
What setting was most fun to write?
I absolutely LOVED writing the mermaid island of Toliss. It's where the Sea Court travels from coast to coast. You can see their hierarchy
Who is your favorite supporting character - one you could see getting a spin-off book - and why?
I love Marty McKay. He's such a complex character underneath his humor. He's got a big heart and big personality. In the world he lives in, he's got just as much self-discovery waiting as all the lost souls that go bump in the night.
What has been your favorite part of your publishing journey so far?
Meeting other writers! We're such a strange bunch with our writing quirks. It's like knowing you're not alone in the world.
Thank you Z!
THE VICIOUS DEEP is available now. Find out more about it at the author's website.
FTC disclosure: I got my copy via Netgalley. Also Z and I once shared a cab across NYC. The cab driver got a ticket.