Review: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

February 13, 2014 Book Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather LyonsThe Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons
on February 13, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, NA, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural
Format: eARC
Source: 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.

Everyone knows of Medusa. Snakes for hair, gaze turns you to stone. Evil monster … or is she? The Deep End of the Sea takes the Gorgon’s story on a whole new spin. “Dusa” was brutally attacked by one god and cursed by another. She has been exiled to an island, and because of her curse, kills anyone that happens to look at her. So you would see where she has some trouble making friends.

However she is not totally alone. One of the gods, Hermes, found her fascinating and kept visiting over the years. After he finally breaks down her walls, and she lets him in as her friend, he petitions to have her curse removed. And that’s where the fun really starts.

In the beginning this read a lot like YA, so I naturally assumed it was. As it turns out, I was mistaken. It was NA and it deals very plainly with some horrible subjects like rape. No there isn’t graphic scenes of rape or anything, it is more about how the act itself can affect the survivors whole life and how she deals with it and moves on. It is actually a bit empowering from that aspect.

The romance is obvious from the start. Hermes and Dusa have been friends for thousands of years before the story starts, so once her curse gets lifted she starts to be able to move on from what happened to her all those years ago and let love in. I did find myself missing the “getting to know you” stages of the love story. But that doesn’t make it any less satisfying for me. They are still pretty adorable.

It was a little obnoxious that Dusa kept referring to the gods as liking to play games with mortals, yet no examples were given, and none of the ones she was trying to trust ever did anything to betray that trust. It appears that it was trying to force some tension where there didn’t need to be any. Or even just highlighting the lack of human interaction for Dusa over the years could be the explanation for the tension and uncertainty.

I liked how, near the end, they brought in some other mythological beings and lesser known creatures. It made for a more dynamic story. It brought a new dimension to the story and provided more depth to the characters. And as I am a very character focused reader, I appreciated that.

If you are a fan of fairy tale and mythological re-tellings, I think you will find The Deep End of the Sea a captivating and enjoyable read.


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