Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Review: Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

AUTHOR: Heather Lyons
PAGES: 332
SOURCE: From publisher

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.

I was suppose to do this review awhile ago, and couldn't make myself do it. This lack of reviewing is not because the books are bad. I've loved a lot of them. Sometimes I think I just sound repetitive. #bookbloggerfail and to be honest that's the last thing I want to sound like. So without trying to sound like myself, but being myself here goes...(Yeah that's how I roll)

The more I read books with mythology especially Greek (I think) the more I become interested in it. Maybe though it's just because I finished a book that makes it sound awesome. Ever had those feelings where once you read a really good book that has a theme around it you wanna find out more about it, go do it, go to it. Yes? No? Just me? Anyways, I do (I do this with movies too.) The few books on greek gods/goddesses that I've read in my opinion were good like the goddess test series and others.

The ones I've read and the ones I have sitting on my shelf (where I only read the synopsis) always tend to be about the major ones though. Hades, Persephone, Athena, you see where I'm going with this. I don't think I've come across one that tells the story of Medusa (I take that back I think Sweet Venom is about the ancestors of her or something. Hey I read it awhile back and can't remember) but even so The Deep End of the Sea shows a completely different side to Medusa or Dusa as Hermes calls her. :) A side of her that shows how compassionate she is. How she doesn't like being this "monster". How she cares for the people she turned to stone. 

Being stuck on the island that hardly nobody can find Medusa has only two friends an older blind gentleman and Hermes who believes Medusa was wronged by his ancestors so when he is able to get the gods to overthrow the curse Medusa goes to live with Hades and his wife. Here is another aspect I like about the book things I've read in the past have Persephone as being this prisoner in the under world and having these hateful feeling towards Hades for making her live there. In The Deep End of the Sea the love between these two is sweet and I didn't see any resentment there.

This is definitely a unique and heart-warming story about loving yourself and believing that there is good in people.

 Amazon $3.99


  1. I sometimes really get interested in a topic too after reading a book; however, then I usually end up reading something completely different! LOL.

  2. I am so excited to read this book. I love Greek myth but it's not always that we come across books with Medusa as the main character. And I always love reading books with villains as MCs and see things through their perspective.


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