The Deep End of the Sea Review!

I am thrilled to say THE DEEP END OF THE SEA BY HEATHER LYONS is fantastic!! I am so excited because this book is wonderful. I owed a review and now I get to show you!

The Deep End of the Sea


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.

Release Day 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.”

My Review 🙂 
I am blown away by this one. One of the best takes on mythology I’ve ever read! It’s heart breaking and on top of that is heart wrenching but it’s also a wonderful take of hope and love and friendship!

Medusa was once beautiful, now she isn’t, or so she thinks. And 2000 years ago the unthinkable happened. She was blamed for her own assault and then cursed. She never got over that assault. But she did grow into a beautiful soul. Like when she accidentally turns people to stone, she cried and names them and kept them clean and polished. It’s kind of pitiful. And she loves her snakes like pets as they are the only beings she can see and be around and the give her comfort. She’s also terrified of all gods because they are the ones who did this, even when she worshipped them. But then she meets Hermes, and a blind fisherman named Mikkos. Those friendships are absolutely wonderful! And they show just how good of a person Medusa really is.

The Greek Gods are so damn spiteful. Look Hades, Persephone, and a few others make the exception. They were wonderful to her. Aphrodite especially is a favorite 🙂 But Athena an Poseidon, ugh!!! Horrible, down right retched! Freaking CRAZY ya hear! But Hermes has loved her, both when she was human and when she was monstrous in appearance. And there are those in the pantheon who also seek to help right the wrong done to Medusa. And once something is done to help Medusa from her curse, threats and ominous things reign down on her. Suddenly she is needing protection around the clock.

The plot is absolutely perfect. You realize how much the games of the gods effect so many, usually harming innocents. The writing is magnificent. It was so damn hard to put this book down, so I recommend reading it when you have the time! Lol and the emotions I felt are spectacular. I swear I felt every single one described and I so cried! Oh yeah! And it totally has a wonderful epic ending with a surprise twist that blew my mind! Like woah!!! A MAGNIFICENT ABSOLUTELY STUNNING 5 PAWS!!!


About Heather Lyons:

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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.



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