Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons Blog Tour

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.


My Review!

Reading the synopsis makes The Deep End of the Sea sound like a typical mythological story. But be advised, it really isn't. Honestly, if not for the fact that there are Gods and goddesses, curses, and a woman with a head full of snakes and eyes that can turn anyone, even immortals, into stone, this is just a contemporary romance with healing, redemption, and true love.

Rating: 4.5 stars!

From the very beginning, I was pulled along in this journey of healing and redemption for the main character, Medusa. Her narrative and voice were easy to connect with, the way she weaved the tale of her pain and anguish, her torment, the fleeting feelings of happiness she finds with her two best friends, had me wanting to dive into the story and give her a big hug. She's had a tough 2,000 years. From having her innocence stripped away from her to being banned by a goddess she worshipped, from being isolated on a tiny island with no company than that of the stone statues that surround the place, Medusa has never had much good happen to her. But she's still an amazing person. Who she was before she became a feared legend never changed; she's never let herself succomb to the lonliness and hunger for companionship. And in 2,000 years, she's only ever taken 63 lives. And she still mourns their loss for them on a daily basis.

Innately, she is good. Kind. Caring. Her best friend, the only God she's ever allowed herself to trust is the only one who knows this and knows that what happened to her was not her fault. And he will stop at nothing to right this wrong and give Medusa back her life. Because of Hermes' hardheaded stubbornness, a journey takes place. Not the kind of journey where people travel over rugged terrain and battle dangerous foes. But the kind of journey that happens within the person; a journey of self-discovery. 

Thanks to Hermes, Medusa has the chance to live a life she's never dreamed she could. His stubbornness leads her to standing before the gods and goddesses, pleading her case and asking for the curse to be revoked. But she didn't have to plead hard, or long, because the Assembly of gods and goddesses have already decided. They've had enough of Athena's pettiness and make her revoke the curse that destroyed Medusa's life. But it's not all rainbows and sunshine for Medusa. Being there brings back memories of that fateful night, the night she lost her innocence to a man she trusted and the goddess she loved turned her back on her faithful follower. She thought that, after 2,000 years, she'd be over it. But it's not so simple when she can still see the 63 lives she destroyed on a daily basis. She believes herself to be a monster, even if she is no longer cursed and can finally live her life. She can finally be around her best friend without worrying about killing him. She can finally have family and friends, to not be isolated on that tiny island no longer. 

But Medusa has a long way to go before she'll ever feel "normal" or feel like she can breathe without a god who wants her and a goddess who wants revenge. The only person she feels safe with is Hermes. He's been her friend for thousands of years; he's never once given up on her. And it's obvious to everyone but the heroine that he's in love with her. That everything he's done has been for her. It takes Medusa a long time to even think about trusting a god, but Hermes broke down her every barrier, leaving her stripped and bare and open to falling in love with him. Their relationship was simply beautiful. It was sweet, and romantic, and warm. Hermes is a totally swoon-worthy hero who'd do anything for the person he loves. He was pretty much.. perfect! And he brought out the best in Medusa and made her see that she could be loved, that she was wanted, that she was worth more and deserved more than what she got. 

Like I said before, this isn't really a typical mythological book. While there is the fact that the gods and goddesses are present, they are more like an ordinary family. If you were just reading their conversations, how they acted, what they did, you wouldn't find anything extraordinary about them. I absolutely loved when they were all together! These secondary characters were all great fun and very important to Medusa's healing and new life. Hermes, Hades, Persephone, Aphrodite. They're a family; they love and protect each other through everything, which means they'll do the same for Medusa. She's never been cared for like this, so it takes her a long time to open up to them, to feel safe in their presence. I mean, who can blame her, after what Athena did?

The plot twist was sort of.. epic! I had absolutely no clue what was going on, or why, until another goddess shows up and the truth comes to light. I really liked how it happened, and what it brought to the story. 

I really loved The Deep End of the Sea and its main character. Her journey of healing was beautiful and touching. The secondary characters were all wonderfully fleshed out, and I love how this book didn't center around the mythological aspects. This was pretty much a contemporary romance, but I didn't mind that one bit. ;)


About Heather Lyons
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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