Feb 15, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Mythology, Romance

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’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!


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:
“Where are Hades and Persephone?” I ask, glancing around the empty living room. They are nowhere to be seen tonight; neither are any of the Automatons.

The corner of Hermes’ mouth quirks. “Out. Possibly in the Underworld. One never knows with those two.”

Relief unfurls in the muscles in my shoulders. Still, I can’t help but ask, “Without saying goodbye?”

He’s definitely amused. “Shall I fetch them for you?”

“No!” My answer is too quick, which I fear broadcasts just how ecstatic I am at the thought of being along with Hermes right now. And that realization causes me to blush for the millionth time around him in the last month, so I clarify, “Of course not. I was just curious.”

“Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” To my delight, his hand finds mine and our fingers intertwine. It is a delicious sensation: his hand, warm and worn in mine in just such a way that feels like it’s an extension of my body.

It must be criminal to adore touching someone so much.

“Did it, though?” I ask, and he laughs a burst of exasperated air.

“Possibly, but then again, who am I to judge, when I am often struck by curiosity that I cannot help but sate?” He gives me that dazzling grin of his and pulls me through the house. “Case in point: you.”

“Me?” I squeak unattractively. There are lights ahead through the French doors leading to the patio, and I am curious myself enough to wonder what they are, but not nearly as much as I am for what he might mean.

“Yes, you.” He glances back at me. “I’ve never told you that I was overcome with curiosity when I heard Athena cursed some girl from one of her temples. It wasn’t like it was the first time she’d gone vindictively bonkers, but she was really put out over you. I mean . . . one of her followers? Even that was low for her.” His fingers squeeze mine gently and we stop about twenty feet from the doors. “When I first showed up on your island . . .”

I am helpless at looking anywhere but in his eyes. Tonight, they’re green. Vivid, beautiful, clear green. “Yes?”

“I’d been warned that you were a monster and that I best keep my distance. That you would slay me at the slightest provocation, and naturally, I believed it, as I could not blame anyone’s hatred toward my family after what my sister and uncle had done to you. But once Death handed me that first soul and departed, I heard you crying. My curiosity inflamed tenfold. What kind of so-called monster weeps like her heart had shattered and never would form whole again?”

Like clockwork, my cheeks burn. His fingers brush my reddened skin ever so gently before I turn my face to rest in his hand. The butterflies in my chest swarm frantically. “My sister misjudged you. I knew that the very second I heard your anguish. I’m afraid I was lost to you from that moment on. I had to discover all that made you you, even if I would suffer the same fate as the proverbial cat. And I never cared about the risks, as long as my curiosity about you was sated first.”

“Truly?” The word barely escapes my lips.

His eyes are so intense. “Truly.”

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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  1. I love mythology and now I am excited to have a new book to read! This cover is awesome and the book sounds fantastic. I can't wait to get started. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Awesome!! Youll love it Jess, it such a great take on Medusa!