MUST READ: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

DEOTS_Cover 04_frontI am not even playing around: GO BUY THIS BOOK.  In fact, if you only read a handful of books in 2014, make sure this one of them.

The Deep End of the Sea is about Medusa, and it is beyond anything you learned in Mythology 101.   Scroll down for the link to a giveaway, my 5 Lighthouse review and an excerpt from the book… but first:

Official Blurb:

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.

giveaway

One lucky winner will get: a signed copy of The Deep End of the Sea,

a Medusa’s Makeup lip glass, a bracelet that says “this is my fairy tale”

and a Keep Calm and Believe in Fairy Tales tote bag!  Enter Here & Good luck!

review1

If anyone ever told me I’d be jealous of Medusa, I’d tell them to step away from the crack pipe.  After reading The Deep End of the Sea, however, I totally wish I was her… and not just because Hermes is my newest Book Boyfriend (Dibs!).  Medusa is one of the most intriguing characters I have read in a while, and her journey from beauty to beast and back again is my new favorite fairy tale.

The Deep End of the Sea is incredibly well written, fast paced and much more than a love story.  The cast of characters will be familiar to anyone with a basic understanding of Greek mythology.  Heather Lyons breathes new life into this dysfunctional family tree, making this book about ancient deities original and compelling.  The immortals are extremely well depicted through Medusa’s point of view, and I applaud the author for crafting such entertaining three-dimensional characters out of mythological beings.

5

Medusa is my favorite example of this: Greek myths tell us she is a monster with a hideous face, living snakes for hair, and eyes that turn all living things to stone.  As the book begins, this is accurate.  Medusa is not, however, cruel or seeking out innocent people to murder for kicks.  Her appearance and curse are the result of Athena’ wrath.  Her inner beauty shines throughout the story:  she shows compassion for those she accidentally kills, she gardens to bring forth life despite her fate, and she cherishes two very special friendships forged in exile.  She deeply cares for “the Girls,” the 12 snakes that make up her hair – individually naming them, protecting them and caring for them (as they care for her).  It is evident early on in the book that she is not the heartless monster depicted in history books.  This book is about how Medusa comes of age when she is a few thousand years old, against tremendous odds.

Meanwhile, the gods and goddesses go at it like Real Housewives of Mount Olympus.  This is nothing new, as it is common knowledge they are meddlesome, jealous and vindictive. When Medusa’s case is brought before them, they choose sides on whether to end her curse or not, and the story that unfolds is an enthralling tale of loyalty, love and life among gods.   Like all good books, there is action, mystery, humor and character development – even the immortal gods of Olympus can be humbled, justified and redeemed.  I don’t want to give too much away, but trust me when I say Hades, Persephone, Aphrodite and Hephaestus are tremendous characters and Athena makes for one great villain.

Woven through the story is the incredible, unconditional friendship between Medusa and Hermes.  Medusa experiences great loss at the hand of others, but she gains incredible blessings and opportunities through Hermes’ friendship and affection.    Their courtship is incredibly sweet and heartwarming, and despite a cursed life, Medusa becomes one lucky girl.  But when your fate is up to Zeus and company, nothing is guaranteed.

I highly recommend this book to all book lovers; the storytelling, characters, dialogue and drama are entertaining, compelling and unlike anything I have read before.  It seems I am not alone in my praise: this book is getting many outstanding reviews from bloggers and critics; it lives up to the hype and deserves much success.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. -kris

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.”

author

Author Photo (1)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.

 

Links:

Website: http://www.heatherlyons.net

Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/heatherlyons

THE DEEP END OF THE SEA Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18844839-the-deep-end-of-the-sea?ac=1

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