Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

Title: The Deep End of the Sea
Author: Heather Lyons
Series: Standalone
Release Date: February 5th 2014


What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

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Author Bio

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.


1. I am a sucker for books with mythological elements in it! I love myths and legends, my favorites being the Greeks and Norse. That being said, if an author successfully manages to bring these millennia-old tales told by the Ancients, into the 21st century and it does the old poets justice, that is a win, in my book!
2. I love the twists and turns on Medusa's tale, how she got the justice that she deserved. This brings to mind Gena Showalter's twist on Pandora's myth and that's one of my favorite series. I also love how Hermes, a god I honestly never thought twice about, became pretty damn important - not to mention, swoon-worthy and BBF material - and the hero of the book.

So, these two seemingly unimportant mythological characters have another chance and they get it together, they get a HEA I would have never thought of.

I loved how Hades and Persephone weren't mean, like in other books I've encountered them. Just because they're the King and Queen of the Underworld doesn't mean they're effectively evil. That's discrimination, if you ask me. *waving pompoms* Rah-rah, Hades!

Poseidon was the bad guy and, in the end, I felt a smidgen of pity for him.

I recommend this book to any Greek mythology & legends aficionado. Seeing the ancient gods fully integrated in the 21st century is great and I'm sure the ancients never thought that would ever happen.

4 1/2 stars and I do hope this won't be the only one!  

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