Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: February 13th 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.
What a great story for a mythical character like Medusa. If you're like me, a Book Addict who loves a good Mythology story, you'd love Heather Lyons' The Deep End of the Sea. It's mind-blowing and completely unexpected. And it's time for stories about the "bad guys".
What I mean by "bad guys" is that Medusa was punished by the Gods to be a monster. Lot of people might see this as a reason to categorize her in the "bad guys" section, but Heather Lyons gives her story a spin and shows us that sometimes we have to know further into a story to judge.
Medusa was a great character. She's strong, good and pretty likable. It's easy to read her story and to feel something for her. With her heroic role in the story, she never forgets what humanity is and that means that she feels remorse, hurt and sadness for her "curse" actions.
A character I was not expecting at all to find myself wishing for a relationship with Medusa was Hermes. I mean, I haven't read a similar story, so I was shocked to read how these two start as friends and see how their relationship goes further than that. It was shocking and amazing. I liked that it caught me of guard. But Hermes' personality is what truly captivates us and makes us love their relationship. He's sweet and is completely determined to keep Medusa safe.
The plot is quite unique. Instead of the well known monster that Medusa might be in other stories, in The Deep End Of The Sea Medusa's a victim. Far from deserving her punishment, Medusa has not dealt with everything that happened to her until now. She has to face her demons and try to take control of her life. The author does is with a perfect writing and an easiness that made this read an epic Mythology read.
So if you love Mythology, romance and unfair situations in a Young Adult story, The Deep End Of The Sea is definitely your story. I highly recommend to give Medusa's story a try and let Heather Lyons tell you why Medusa is a victim and her and Hermes together are beyond lovable!
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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.
Win (1) signed copy of THE DEEP END OF THE SEA, a Medusa's Make-up lip gloss, a bracelet that says "this is my fairy tale and a tote bag with the "Keep Calm and Believe in Fairy Tales" (US/CAN Only)