Title: The Deep End of the Sea
Author: Heather Lyon
Category: Urban-Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5Publication Date: February 13th 2014 by Cerulean Books
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
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 don’t think I have encountered a book like this before. Of course I have read books based off Greek Gods and Goddesses, but I feel that Heather really took a unique approach to the Greek myths and legends. She made the characters feel fresh and very interesting. And I just got so swept away with her story telling! The Deep End of the Sea was just so fascinating!
I loved the legend she played with. I mean we all know who Medusa is, a goddess you don’t wanna piss off. But Heather turned that myth upside down! And that just brought newness to the book and made me really want to get to know how she built her characters and her story.
Medusa wasn’t what I was expecting. I really adored her character. Many legends say she’s a beast of a goddess; cruel and mean. However, this book brought to focus that she was just a girl suffering from the wrath of other gods and goddesses. What I really loved about Medusa was her simple beauty and kind heart. And also the strength she portrayed throughout the book. That girl has been through quite a bit, and though she isn't the fighting type of heroine, her modest demeanor and strong determination made me really fall for her. And of course feel for her. Medusa goes through so much. so of course I felt for her!Thus, not only am I a monster. I'm a really lousy one. A lonely, classic Five Stages of Grief following, insecure, shut-in of a pathetic beast who talks to the snakes on her head and the statues on her island.
Another god that came into play was Hermes! Yes! Usually he is characterized as a mischievous god, a bit flighty. However, like with Medusa, his personality was completely portrayed differently than he usually is. I loved that! He was such a kind and amazing god. And I enjoyed watching how he cared for Medusa, despite what everything that happened to her. I really came to love his character!
Not only were Medusa and Hermes portrayed differently but so were many other gods and goddesses. I just loved so much how Heather portrayed them all. Each one had such personalities, different personalities than what I am used to. I think the other characters I enjoyed thoroughly were Hades and Persephone! I also found it refreshing that the normal good gods and goddesses were also put in completely different viewpoints. Some that are mostly seen as good are turned bad, and vice versa.
I think Heather really brought out unique personalities for all the characters that are featured in her book. I loved ones I didn't think I would love, and I didn't enjoy others I usually do enjoy. That spin in the story made it so much fun!
The pacing and character growth was another factor I thought that played out well. So much happens in the book, and a long time span is covered, but I felt that Heather played it all out nicely and wrapped it up beautifully. I also saw a lot of growth in a lot of characters, and though it played out a bit slowly, I enjoyed it. The transformation that Medusa went through was the best.
His sunny smile reemerges; if I'd been wearing pants, he'd be charming me right of them with just such a sight.
The buildup of the plot, the conflict, and the twists were mesmerizing. Everything played out nicely. And though I did figure out one of the twists, there was one that just knocked me off me feet! Oh! I loved that twist!!
I highly recommend The Deep End of the Sea to readers who want a new spin on old myths and legends. One that brings in a refreshing twist, interesting characters, and a beautiful love story!