The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Mythology, Romance
REVIEW:I’m such a sucker for mythology books but it’s usually about the more well known gods and goddess. Lyons takes mythology to the next level focusing on a character that I don’t really know much about except she is usually portrayed as a scary woman who you don’t want to mess with. Medusa is brought to life in this book and it was such a fantastic take on such a interesting character that now I want to read more about. Plus look at the beautiful book cover, it screams read me! I haven’t read Lyons’ other series Fate but after reading this I’m definitely going to be following her writing.
The Deep End of the Sea follows Medusa (Dusa) who is actually a normal girl that has been punished by Athena’s wrath and exiled for two thousand years on an island. She also has power aka curse that everyone knows her for, turning sadly and not on purpose, anyone who visits into stone. Luckily she has one visitor who wants to break the curse, her friend and god Hermes. But with every mythology there are always challenges and Athena along with the god Poseidon won’t make it easy for Medusa to find any happiness.
Medusa is such a wonderful character in Lyons’ take of mythology. She is an innocent young girl, the reader’s will seriously empathize and care for her in the struggles she has gone through and does go through in this book. She has a lot to prove and has a strong and determined persona. I felt for her with the guilt of what she had done, turning people into stone, all she wants is to stop hurting people and for someone to be there for her. Anyone who reads this will root for her,
Hermes is not the god that everyone reads about in the books either. He’s so sweet and will do anything to protect Medusa. I loved that Hermes and Medusa were best friends first and that their connection was always there and they just needed to find that push to bring them fully together. What I loved most about there chemistry is that Medusa can’t see her true beauty, Hermes sees it and wants her to see what he does.
Overall this story is the reason why I love mythology so much, I love authors like Lyons who can take an old tale a give some love to characters that nobody really focused on before. I really enjoyed the secondary characters Hades and Persephone, and many more, but even more so the villains Poseidon and Athena. I’m not use the villains in this story being portrayed, as villains so it was a nice twist that made me love this that much more.
In the end the readers will be pining for more as we learn about Medusa and her parents. There is a huge twist, actually there are a lot of shocking moments all through out but the ending was awesome! I’m defiantly hooked with all the romance, fantastically developed characters and a strong well thought out plot that can only come from such wonderfully writing. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
RECOMMENDATION:This is a young adult novel with that takes mythology to a new level! Fans of Tellulah Darlings The Blooming goddess series and Jennifer Esteps Mythos Academy, will absolutely love The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons.
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Relaease Day Excerpt:
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.
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