The Deep End of the Sea [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

**newly re-edited special edition, including interviews with both Medusa and Hermes alongside a playlist for the book
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times best selling author - Cora Carmack
Fascinating mythology + Imaginative Plot + Sexy Greek god = YES PLEASE.
RT Book Reviews - DJ DeSmyter
Heather Lyons's The Deep End of the Sea is a radiant, imaginative romance that breathes new life into popular mythology while successfully tackling the issue of sexual assault. Lyons is a deft storyteller whose engaging prose will surprise readers at every turn. Readers will have no trouble sympathizing with Medusa, who is funny, endearing and courageous all at once. The romance between her and Hermes is passionate, sweet and utterly engrossing. This is a must read!
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Bet - Rachel Van Dyken
One of my top reads for 2014. Heather Lyons weaves an incredibly creative and addictive story. This is more than a must read, it's a must buy. Immediately.
author of the Touch of Death series - Kelly Hashway
A unique twist on Greek mythology that will have you rooting for Medusa from the very start.
author of the Tethered series - Jennifer Snyder
This novel honestly captivated me from the start like no other I have read thus far this year . . . everything about it was so eloquently executed and beautifully written.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148326649
  • Publisher: Cerulean Books
  • Publication date: 2/12/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 102,110
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she's also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find. You can visit her at
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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars 'The Deep end of The Sea' was definite

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

    'The Deep end of The Sea' was definitely a special read for me. It's extraordinary in various ways and deals with darker themes one normally wouldn't read about. The Greek myths are handled in a very different way than in the books I normally read, and it was very entertaining to read about it. However, due to a pile of little issues, I eventually enjoyed it as a whole less than I wanted to.

    For starters, I'm not saying this book is a disappointment and bad. Quite on the contrary, there definitely are elements of this book that are just excellent. The characters, for example, were all so wonderful. Every one of them is introduced at the right time so it was very easy for me to get a grasp on them. Thanks to the 'Percy Jackson' series, I already was familiar with every god and goddess. What changed, were the personalities of everyone. The gods in here don't behave so superior and they care for little things. While there still are stereotypes when it came to Aphrodite and Demeter, everyone else is so different. They all have their flaws, and above all: wonderful character development. She managed to create beautiful characters out of stereotypes. All of them felt so human, and that is something I applaud the author for.

    Besides the characters, there are two more things I loved even more. One of them was the writing. Oh, how beautiful the writing is in this book. I usually don't have much to say when it comes to the style of writing in a book, but when it is so wonderful I feel like I have to. The writing here managed the explain Medusa's situation very well. The anger she feels, how lonely she is, it made me compassionate with her at the very beginning already. It's clear that the author has experience with writing, because she knows how to show and don't tell. Even when something isn't made clear or actually said in the book, it makes you wonder and you know what's going on without a confirmation. Let's just come to the conclusion and say the writing was fantastic.

    Moving onto the romance, I want to go onto my roof and scream how perfection and the romance in this book went hand in hand, from beginning until the end. No signs of insta-love, a smooth evolution from best friends to lovers and passionate scenes. That is the summary of this romance. It is absolutely beautiful. Both characters in the relationship had already grown to love each other but were both too shy to admit it. Skinny love which evolved in something beautiful. In my opinion, the best kind of love there is. It's rare when the romance makes the book, but in this case it definitely is. Without the passionate relationship of Hermes and Medusa, I would have liked this book way less. They both bring forth the best in each other, and more isn't needed. The writing went in a beautiful harmony with the romance, especially during the intimate scenes. It made me swoon and want a boyfriend like Hermes more than anything else.

    The way 'The Deep End of the Sea' handled the Greek mythology. It's so different from anything I've ever read, because mostly the darker elements of the myths are usually glossed over. The author wasn't afraid to take risks, and it worked out very well. Rape is a very central aspect of the plot, and it was very refreshing for me to read about something like this. It's a change of decor, and a very good one too.  Medusa's evolution from being a scared girl to a fierce woman had to do a lot with how she managed to deal with her trauma. Lyons was capable of creating a realistic situation, even though it has been more than two thousand years. It was something completely out of my element, yet it still is something I learned from and I don't have any issues regarding that.

    What my actual issues are, made me think about the plot and pace in general. At times I didn't knew where the plot was actually heading. To me, it seemed like a combination of events that weren't tied together very well. Everything happened because of something, but it didn't gave me a very satisfying feeling. The plot seemed to have ended around page fifty, while there were two hundred pages left. As I got closer and closer to the end, there wasn't really anything happening. Medusa was just kind of waiting around and that waiting seemed to take forever. The plot twist at the end was brilliant, but in another way kind of rushed. The information gets thrown at you as if you understand it completely, and then it just ends. There was lack of plot and suspense for the second half of the book, and the pace didn't do much good.

    The summary implied that this would be a special novel and hopefully a read to remember, and it is. The good reviews just made me a little bit too excited and I expected a perfect novel. I was certain I would be head over heels about it. There are great elements to this book that can't be ignored, but that doesn't leave out the issues I had, and they couldn't be ignored. The romance, the beautiful characters and the gorgeous writing made 'The Deep End of the Sea' beautiful. It's just such a shame that it got less and less interesting near the end.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    The Deep End of the See by Heather Lyons brings us a story of Me

    The Deep End of the See by Heather Lyons brings us a story of Medusa and the Greek gods like we've never seen them. Medusa is not the evil creature we've all made her out to be. She can't help that she's a monster. She's cursed and grieves all the humans who she has accidentally turned to stone. Hermes is a Greek god that I've never given much thought to in the past, so I really enjoyed how the author brought him to life and gave him a personality that really drew me in. What turned out as friendship turned into a beautiful romance. Poseidon and Athena infuriated me beyond words through this story, but they are supposed to. It's a big point to the myth, and I wanted to go all mafia on their tails. Medusa's character is written beautifully. The story followed what we know of Greek mythology and some of the gods and added twists and different personalities to familiar characters, introducing us to something new. Heather Lyons took the classic story of Medusa as a monster, and turned it completely on its head. It's a big risk for an author to take something people already know so much about, like Medusa, and make it their own, but she did it flawlessly.
    "Because a kiss should be born from love, and want, and need. A kiss should be beautiful, something a girl can hold onto for the rest of her life, to pull out in her memory whenever she wants butterflies to come back."
    The ARC of The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons was kindly provided to me by InkSlinger PR for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    Okay, I absolutely LOVE this book.  Im a huge fan of romance and

    Okay, I absolutely LOVE this book.  Im a huge fan of romance and I really enjoy Greek mythology; put the two together and its perfection.  I really wish there were more books like this.  After I read it I went looking for others like it but its a one of a kind.  So well written as well.  Its so great that Medusa got a happy story written for her.  Must read if you love greek mythology and/or great love stories!!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Holy gods. I don¿t know if many of you have ever read Heather Ly

    Holy gods. I don’t know if many of you have ever read Heather Lyons’ books, as her other series (which I’m obsessed with) is fantasy romance, but if you haven’t, you seriously need to. Even if you don’t like fantasy romance. Her ability to tell a story is unreal. I find myself sucked into everything she writes. The Deep End of the Sea is no exception. It’s completely different from her Fate series. This time Heather has written a book based off Medusa! I loveee Greek mythology, and even if I didn’t I would after reading it. Once you pair it with Heather’s writing and then add heaps of romance, I’m done for. This is by far my favorite Greek mythology retelling. Ever. Oh, and it’s a standalone! Which is a bonus in my opinion.








    “I am a monster. The worst kind of monster. The kind that people have told stories about for thousands of years. The kind that daredevils like poor Walt seek out, even though many believe I’m nothing more than a myth. I am the Gorgon Medusa. And my eyes can turn anything to living stone.”




    The thing I love about Greek myths is that they have such a wide variety of interpretations. The way that Heather spun the Greek myths and gods we thought we knew so well surprised me. It was incredibly beautiful and entertaining to see how she spun a completely different story than what I’m used to. See, in this book, Medusa is actually one of the kindest, purest people you will ever meet. She’s actually very misunderstood, and she hates the monster that Athena so cruelly turned her into. This is her story, told solely from her POV, and I know everyone will love it just as much as I did. She’s just too adorable not to love.




    “I will fight for us, Medusa. I will not give up. Please do not give up on yourself, either. Never forget that I love you. Never forget that you mean everything to me.”




    My heart ached for Dusa, she wants nothing more than to be freed of her life sentence of solitude. Her only two friends are a blind fisherman who comes to see her every once in a while and then the ever determined Hermes. Sigh Hermes, how did you manage to so sneakily make me fall in love with you? Hermes decides that he thinks it’s time for her to go to trial against the gods, as she is truly innocent in this whole deal. She was raped by Poseidon, why should she be the one suffering just because Athena seems to be jealous of her beauty? Thus begins Medusa’s journey into becoming human once more.




    “I’m afraid I fell in love with you shortly after we met. I told you last night, you fascinated me from the very beginning. The more I got to know ou, the more I found myself falling. You were, and are, unlike anyone else I’ve met before. You have a goodness in you others would have long let die away in such circumstances.”








    Medusa’s journey delighted me in TDEotS. You think you knew the story of Medusa, but it has never been told in this way. There was none of Heather’s signature angst in this book (well, maybe in the end). Instead, we get a light, feel-good read. I fell in love with every word of the story. I feel like we can all relate to Medusa on some level. She got lost (using this term lightly), turned into something she’s not, now she’s finding her way back to herself, and becoming even better than she was before. Medusa is just a girl in this book, a girl who finds her way back to her life and then falls in love.




    “Was me telling you how much I adore and love you the wrong thing to do? Because I can’t take it back, love. Now that it’s finally out there, there it will stay.”




    And, of course, the love story. I am truly, deeply, insanely in love with Hermes and Medusa’s story. Yes, they fall in love, despite all the circumstances. Crazy, right? But, never once do you question it. From the beginning I could already see that everything Hermes did was for Medusa, for her happiness and for her safety, because he was in love with her. He was in love with his best friend. A friends to lovers story, my favorite. Medusa, on the other hand, stubbornly thinks that he could have never loved her because of the way she looked on the outside.




    “You are, as you have been since the moment I met you, the most important person in my existence.”




    But, eventually, she sees that she’s wrong. She should have never underestimated Hermes in that way. After all, beauty is not only on the outside, which is another lesson we learn in this book. Medusa was always beautiful, even when she had snakes for hair and everything, because she’s incredibly kind-hearted. And I love that despite everything that happens to her throughout this book, she stays very grounded. She just grows from a girl to a woman who’s comfortable in her own skin.




    “I feel the most certain sense of safety. A sense of belonging. A sense of rightness…And I know, just know, in this moment that I love him. That I am in love with him. That I have been for a long time and to blind to see it before now.”




    I got so lost into the wonderful world of TDEotS, which is the main reason why I read. It was so easy to get identify with Medusa and become part of the world where Hermes would do anything for her, where Hades is actually a good guy, where Hades and Persephone are actually in love, where Poseidon (who is normally my favorite Greek god) is the bad guy, and where love conquers all *swoon*. The story flows so well, and I never felt rushed or confused. The only times I had to stop and reread something were when Hermes did or said something so romantic that I couldn’t help but go back to commit it to memory. He’s a bit alpha and whole lots of sexy in this book. The ending surprised me, and it had me gasping for air. It had some of the angst we all know I love. But, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end things, besides not having it end at all, of course. This is one for the favorites shelf for sure.








    “I love you. Do you understand that? I love you. That is not going to change, not ever. When we finally fall in love, it’s forever love. Even if you decide one day that you do not love me anymore, I will always feel this way for you…I don’t care if you are mortal, immortal, or a so-called ex-monster. I just want you.”

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

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    I love the musical Wicked. (Stick with me, I have a point.) I'm

    I love the musical Wicked. (Stick with me, I have a point.) I'm particularly drawn to it because of the way it makes me think of the Wizard of Oz. I've known that story and watched the movie since I was a little girl, but honestly wasn't a fan until Wicked. This re-invention of the Wizard of Oz story has forever changed the way I look at the original.

    The Deep End of the Sea is EXACTLY like that but replace Medusa for Elphaba! I will never be able to think about Medusa in the same way or consider mythology without wondering what the backstory is for each of the characters I've long-thought `I knew'! The love story between Medusa and Hermes in TDEotS will make you re-think everything you've ever learned or thought about these characters. How wonderful! Isn't that what books should do, change the way we look at the world?

    I was drawn to Medusa. I could relate to her in so many ways. "A good cry, as I've learned over the years, is a cathartic experience. I don't do it often, as it can be a fruitless endeavor - it changes nothing, but sometimes, there's this sweet spot I can find where I simply feel better afterward, even if just for an hour." or "...no matter how many times I ask myself, `Why me?' I am never given an answer." See what I mean? What girl hasn't felt that way?

    And Hermes? SWOON! The patience and selfless commitment to his love is remarkable. Hermes is Medusa's best friend and they have the kind of relationship that makes both of them better. "His goodness is a beacon I can't resist navigating toward, especially when I commit such atrocities myself." Characters like these are why I read romance novels!

    In the end, TDEotS, with a rich cast of clever and wonderful characters, is a fairytale. And, it's one that fills you with all the hope and great emotions inspired by fairytales. "Because, like in so many fairytales, a single kiss can make all the difference. The kiss the prince and princess shared was nothing like either had ever experienced. It changed them."

    This book will change your thoughts too, don't miss it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    I cannot begin to express my love for this book and for Heather

    I cannot begin to express my love for this book and for Heather Lyons. She is one of the only authors that has been able to transport
    me to different worlds and captivate me for the whole duration of the novel. She made me fall in love with all the characters. She made
     me look at mythology in a different way and showed me that love conquers all, even when there are so many forces that are against it.
     I don't think many people know the actual story of Medusa and why she became a monster. She was just a girl, devoted to her
     purpose, who was just too beautiful for the god's good. But in this story, she is given a second chance. This is a beautiful story and
    I'm a little sad it's only a stand alone. I long for a sequel to this story because that is just how good it is. Please give Medusa a chance
     and read this book, you will not be sorry. This book deserves a great big 5+ stars and I just can't get over how talented Heather Lyons
     is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    This is the tale of Medusa. But it's not the one you're use too.

    This is the tale of Medusa. But it's not the one you're use too. No, this is a spin on Medusa's story that has heart and makes you feel for this poor ol Medusa and the struggle she went through. I will say I wasn't too familiar with her story, so as I started to read this I took a minute to read the original story. To say I was pleasantly surprised with this book would be an understatement, I was ecstatic with this retelling. 




    "It out to be noted I have some of the most wretched luck ever to be doled out." 




    Now, I'm not one to recap the story in my reviews, I feel like it takes away from reading the book so instead I'm going tell you all the wonderful things I loved about it. The first is Medusa herself. This is her story. Yes, there is a romance in it (swoon) but it's more than that. This is a story of redemption and finding you're way back to the living after being shunned for ages. Medusa has a lot to prove but underneath her worries and her fear, she is very strong. Yes, it's scary for her to try all these new things, to open herself up for these emotions she has had to keep hidden, but she does it. She takes the steps necessary to live a life worth living. And I loved watching her on this journey, finding the strength within herself.




    "When I look up at him, all I can think is, he won't let me fall."




    She has help along the way. Oh heeeyy there Hermes. Hermes was a character that surprised me. He was soft and kind and loving to Medusa. I was expecting that. And I guess since they have known each other for so long, their emotions made sense, how they were already kind of there. What did surprised me was how...alpha male he could get. That, I was not expecting. I mean, he is a God, I guess it makes sense. And I know he was doing it to protect Medusa. Because he does protect her, he does everything within his power for Medusa.




    The other part that was real plus in this story is the talent of Heather Lyons to weave the mythology in this book so effortlessly. There is a lot to keep track of and she does so magically! I loved all the Gods and loved how they were portrayed.




    "For the first time in two thousand plus years, time stands still. I pray it stays that way, because this moment here? Divine."




    The ending. Again it was a way I was not suspecting the story to go but I did enjoy it! I was so proud of Medusa and all of the things she did. She truly become a strong independent female. And one of the last scenes, where everything is coming undone, secrets revealed, it was great. I couldn't put the book down until I found out everything!!




    "Love makes every misery, every struggle, every moment of life worth it." 




    Medusa's journey in Heather Lyon's book is a tale of love, strength, family, and overcoming the cards that have been dealt to you. I loved this book. I was different and keep you on your toes and had total swoon worthy moments where you just melt into a puddle of awwww. This is a book to pick up!

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

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    Review: The Deep End of the Sea

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I'm debating between 3 stars and 4 stars. This story is a little outside my comfort zone - so 3 stars I liked it. As far as quality of the story, the flow of the tale, and the characters go...4 stars. One is personal and the other is useful so I'm going to go with useful.

    heather Lyons takes Greek mythology and the story of Medusa and twists it into something pretty and very interesting. It's definitely a Medusa tale you've NEVER heard before. This Medusa has a conscience and wishes nothing more than to avoid turning people into stone.

    A fast-paced, well-written, tale with awesome characters and a persevering romance that will draw you in and keep you hooked. Greek "tragedy" is just the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    After first reading the blurb for this book, I was a little worr

    After first reading the blurb for this book, I was a little worried. How Heather was going to take one of the most scary/feared characters from Greek Mythology and totally turn it on its head? A love story for Medusa? (I was scared to death of Medusa in grade school.) I should know to never doubt Heather's abilities! She provides her own, very different world of the Greeks.
    There are two stories unfolding for most of the story. Of course, there is the "love story" between Medusa and Hermes. To me, the deeper and more intriguing story was self acceptance. Would Medusa be able to love herself, inside and out? I enjoyed seeing her transformation from a shy insecure "monster" to the strong and secure "goddess" she becomes. I would like to have see more of the early years with Medusa and Hermes to give more insight into the relationship. However, that doesn't prevent it from being a fantastic read!
    While this story has an "ending", I really hope that Heather introduces us to more characters from mythology! It would be so interesting to read her spin on many of the other characters.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    I have a very limited knowledge of mythology. It was something t

    I have a very limited knowledge of mythology. It was something that I never paid a lot of attention to, but I find myself more intrigued by it with each reimagination/retelling book I read. But even I had heard the stories of Medusa. Just not quite like this one... 

    "I am a monster. The worst kind of monster. The kind that people have told stories about for thousands of years." 

    The Deep End of the Sea showed the human side of the monster we all knew as Medusa. Snakes for hair, eyes that will turn anyone to stone... you know the one. But did you ever wonder how she became that way? This book explores the (I'm assuming somewhat fictionalized) events that led her to her fate. I was so impressed with Heather Lyons' Medusa. She was kind-hearted and compassionate, even when she was a monster. She grieved for every life she inadvertently took. There were things she couldn't change about her situation, but she was good underneath where it mattered.

    "I am in love with you," he whispers against my mouth. "Desperately. Hopelessly. In. Love. With. You."

    Can I just take a minute to gush over this version of Hermes? He was one of the few people who cared about Medusa as she was and wasn't afraid of the monster she had transformed into. He was a source of comfort and protection, her closest friend and eventually more than that. They were so obviously right for each other, so perfect together. 

    This book was interesting and imaginative and it held my attention. I had no idea walking into it where it would ultimately wind up and there were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing without feeling like it was just too much. The characters were compelling and complex. Even the secondary characters, all names anyone who knows anything about mythology will recognize, were all memorable in their own way.  The romance was completely swoony. 

    "I run. I kick. I punch. I listen. I write. I give.
    I live. 
    Stars above, I live."

    Heather Lyons did a brilliant job with The Deep End of the Sea. It's one of the best retellings I've read in a long time. I'm not dipping into the plot in my review because I don't want to run the risk of spoiling this unique, intriguing story. Fans of romance, mythology and retellings won't want to miss this story of love, growth and hope. 

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

    This book was such a fascinating, beautiful story that includes

    This book was such a fascinating, beautiful story that includes a unique twist on Greek Mythology, a love story that made me swoon more than I should probably admit to, and a girl’s quest to overcome the crappy hands that life keeps dealing her.

    Medusa, or at least the version of Medusa in this story, was a character I loved from the very first few pages. As the story went on, she changed from not only a character that I loved, but also a character that I was rooting for and learned to appreciate more and more. At the beginning, she is this scared, lonely girl who was forced into a wretched life on an isolated island. The only rumor that proves to be true concerning Medusa is her hideous appearance and eyes that can turn people to stone. Otherwise she is a caring, sweet, compassionate person. She lets only two people into her life not because she prefers to be alone but because she worries for their safety in her presence. The first of her friends is Mikkos, an old sailor who happens to be blind and therefore immune to Medusa’s curse. The other is Hermes, you know THE GREEK GOD HERMES, who becomes Medusa’s closest friend after years and years (and by “years and years” I do in fact mean “thousands”) of slowly chipping down the wall Medusa has built around herself.

    It is within these first few chapters of the book, the chapters in which we are introduced to the real Medusa, not the one of myths and legends, and meet the few people she lets into her life, that I first fell hard for this story and for Heather’s writing. I knew early on that I would adore any outcome of this story because it was already so different from any other Greek retelling I have ever heard about before. Mix that with the manner in which Heather tells this story and you have something that is just beautiful and incredibly unique.

    While I loved meeting Medusa and reading about her friendship between Mikkos and Hermes, this story doesn’t really begin until Hermes petitions for the reversal of Medusa’s curse. From that moment on, the book was an emotional roller coaster for sure, but an emotional roller coaster I would not change a single second of. Medusa goes from what she considers herself as, a monster, to a practically normal girl. She goes from a person totally closed off from the rest of the world to a girl surrounded by not only people, but Gods and Goddesses! This transition and all of the changes that Medusa goes through cause an onslaught of emotions which I thought were written and handled very realistically, or I guess as realistic as you can get in a Greek mythology retelling. She has struggles, moments of intense feelings of grief and confusion, moments where she wishes she were alone on her island again. But then there are moments where she opens up a little more, lets more and more people in, and then finally begins to embrace this second chance she was given.

    During this transition period for Medusa, we are introduced to several characters that you thought you know about before. For instance, Hades and Persephone. Did you know that they enjoy throwing parties (okay, this one mostly belongs to Persephone), know each others coffee preferences, and how to make each other smile on a regular basis? And what about Aphrodite? Did you know she enjoys shopping, is the kindest person you could ever meet, and is incredibly loyal to those she cares about? We also get to see a whole lot more of Hermes and oh my, that God is as dreamy as you can imagine a Greek God being. He is fiercely loyal and protective of Medusa, he cares for her whether she is half reptile or totally normal, and he can be this mix of understanding, totally goofy, and super sweet. This twist that Heather puts on these Greek Gods and Goddesses is so much different from the stories already out there and I love The Deep End of the Sea even more for it.

    It wouldn’t be a story about Greek Gods and Goddesses without a little bit of romance, now would it? I am going to start off by saying that the romance in this story is my ultimate favorite kind of romance. It is one of those romances that start off as friendship. Learning each others like and dislikes, knowing one another inside and out, being supportive and kind when the other needs it most. And then that friendship oh so slowly and delicately blossoms into something more. It blossoms and blooms and causes all the feels because you want it so bad and saw it coming from a mile away but were excited beyond words for it anyways. Yes, this book includes this kind of romance and no I am not going to spill the beans on just who it is but rest assured, you will fall in love, you will swoon, and you will root for this couple just as much as I did.

    If I were to list out the reasons why I loved this book, we would be here all day long. And as much as I love your company, I am sure you don’t have the time for that. So because of that, let me be short, sweet, and to the point: this book is brilliant. Heather’s writing is beautiful, the story she crafted is unique in all of the best ways, and the journey Medusa takes from page one until the very end, is a journey you will not want to stop reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Forget everything you thought you knew about Greek Mythology as

    Forget everything you thought you knew about Greek Mythology as Lyons throws these notions off of Mount Olympus and brilliantly weaves new histories for Greece’s gods and goddesses.

    Roughly 2,023 years old, Medusa is not the monster you thought her to be, is not the monster she thinks herself to be, but is one of the most beautiful souls that has appeared in a book I’ve read in ages. She is strong-willed and ever-learning, and feels deeply for those she has turned to stone. Most heartbreaking is that she is tortured by what has happened to her to make her the snake-haired half-serpent. Bless Lyons for creating ways for her to hold on to her humanity and giving her Mikkos and Hermes.

    Right away, it is easy to tell that Hermes is wonderful inside and out. He’s swoon-worthy for sure, but he is so much more. He truly belongs on a book-boyfriend pedestal. Their 2,000 year old back story is ripe with timidness on Medusa’s part as Hermes tries to gain her trust and warmth and understanding on Hermes’s part as he refuses to give up on Medusa. It is a story of true friendship. Insta-love it is not, although you’ll be rooting for this pair as soon as Hermes sets foot on Medusa’s island prison/haven.

    Medusa and Hermes are just two examples of characters with wonderful development over the course of the story. Lyons is so strong in this aspect here and in her Fate Series. The rest of the gods and goddesses are dynamic in their own ways, even if they do not seem it at first. They are not all benevolent, although you wouldn’t expect them to be, but there are some surprises in this regard (in both directions!). I won’t spoil any for you, but there are some you will love, others you’ll despise, and others that will completely surprise you (for good and bad reasons).

    The settings are diverse and richly described from Medusa’s island to Olympus to settings Medusa can only remember or imagine. Her island was my favorite with the care that she affords it and the island residents (read: statues and flowers).

    The Deep End of the Sea will have you running the gamut of emotions, all of which are so real and tangible, that I did more than just empathize with her situations. I at times felt anger and disgust, my skin crawled, my pulse raced, and I squealed with delight. My jaw dropped too, just wait until you get to that ending! The twists are amazing and make for a perfect ending.

    Lyons was not afraid throw punches and tackle difficult subjects and I think she addresses them realistically and in such a way that the message is one of empowerment and love. It is beautiful.

    The Deep End of the Sea is definitely something you should be picking up and reading now.

    *I received an e-copy of The Deep End of the Sea in exchange for my honest opinion during the book tour.*

    From Reading the Alphabet.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    First Thoughts: I love love LOVE Heather Lyons, and because I ab

    First Thoughts: I love love LOVE Heather Lyons, and because I absolutely love her Fate Series I knew that this book would be just as fantastic!

    The Story: Can I tell you how much I love books based on mythology? I wish there were more books that incorporated mythology because I would be ALL over that! The Deep End of the Sea is a book unlike any other. It takes lesser known Greek mythology gods and brings them to the forefront. It is also a super cute story that makes you want to swoon basically throughout the whole book!

    The Characters: Medusa, I am sure most of you have heard of her a time or two… she is generally depicted as a monster that kills everything. Well, let me tell you that this book will make you rethink that! Heather has created such a fantastic tale that makes you want to believe everything you have heard in the past was WRONG! Medusa is not some ugly evil monster, she was a sweet girl who was wronged by a huge b* and was forced to suffer the consequences.
    *Sigh* Hermes… I loved everything about him! He is really a lesser known god but let me tell you, he is the BEST god ever! He is loyal, sweet, charming, protective, and oh yea… super hot! How can you not love Hermes?

    Final Thoughts: THAT ENDING! I was totally not expecting that ending it was a twist that made total sense but was so freaking unexpected (not that I knew what to expect at an point of the book). I may love reading books based on mythology (Hello the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon) but I really don’t know what’s true and what’s made up, which makes this book all the better because I don’t care if its accurate in any way. It was such a fantastically well written book about strength and love that you get so caught up in the whole thing you make it real and true and agh! Go Read This NOW!

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

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    Can I just say GENIUS??? Yeah, I mean it...The brilliance in thi

    Can I just say GENIUS??? Yeah, I mean it...The brilliance in this age old tale created by Heather Lyons is just AMAZING!!! She literally had me glued to the pages of this story...eager to know where it was going to go and exactly what was going to happen.
    A tale about Medusa... A heart-warming tale about Medusa, mind I tell ya....And enthralling to say the least...
    So, obviously you know that I loved this story.  I truly do not want to go in to many details because it is a book you need experience for yourself. 
    But, this is what I will say....
    Heather Lyons composed perfection by taking on the legend of Medusa.  The monster tales that we all know about her have led us to believe one side of the story...sooo....what if they were wrong???
    I was captured by the intriguing unique storyline that pounded me with shocking surprises and twists and turns.  I was on the edge of my seat biting my nails waiting to see events unfold.  ANNNNND....when things began to unravel,the mysteries being revealed to us, I was sitting here with my mouth hinged open.    
    My admiration for Medusa grew tenfold and a love for the god Hermes bloomed.  I cannot say it enough that story is defintely going to be one of my top ten reads of this year...
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you get this book and read it right away....BELIEVE me...you will not want to miss out on this alluring mystical novel that will make you question everything you have read about those Greek gods of ole... 

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

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    The Deep End of the Sea cover swept me away and I dove in with e

    The Deep End of the Sea cover swept me away and I dove in with eagerness. Heather Lyon’s descriptions of the Gods, doing and acting like ordinary people is graphic, detailed and very realistic. I love mythology and The Deep End of the Sea is a unique and refreshing love story that had my full attention from the first page to the last.

    Medusa – Poseidon raped her, Athena cursed her and Hermes loved her. Danger surrounded her. She is a gentle soul before being turned into Medusa and that did not change. She loves modern electronics, her only contact with the outside world. She has been exiled to the island of Gorgon for the past two thousand years.

    Heather’s descriptions are so vivid, I can picture Zues in a T-shirt, torn shorts and flip flops. Imagine sitting at a bar, not knowing a God is sitting beside you. It made me laugh out loud as she made their world blend into ours so realistically.

    Usually, books about Gods and their mythological world can be confusing and heavy. Heather’s writing and Medusa’s world left me wanting more, a lot more. The characters came alive on the pages. I now see snakes as lively, fun and mischievous creatures. As I walked with Medusa, I began to see our world through her eyes. It is a scary and wonderful place and I would not want to be anywhere else.

    I received an arc ecopy in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    If anyone ever told me I'd be jealous of Medusa, I'd tell them t

    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.




    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

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    It's actually difficult to describe how much I love this book, b

    It's actually difficult to describe how much I love this book, because I was enthralled from the very beginning, and that wonder lasted throughout the whole book. Heather Lyons’ books have always had an addictive quality to them, but she improves as a writer with every single one. This story, Medusa’s narrative, was intriguing, sad, and yet, at times, hilarious. I love when books make me feel things from all over the emotional spectrum and this one definitely did. The Deep End of the Sea features an epic, epic best friends romance. The relationship is just so lovely and pure: two individuals who are clearly meant to be.

    Heather’s characterizations of the gods were fabulous. She stuck to some of the typical stories and traits, but she also made the characters completely her own. Hades, Persephone, and Aphrodite are three gods who stood out to me in the story: they were so much fun to read about. I’d also be remiss not to mention Hermes, because he definitely shines in this book. Medusa is not someone I ever expected to see as a main character of a novel, but Heather has taken Ovid’s version of the myth and twisted it to perfection. Medusa is one of the most lovely, honest characters I've read about in a long while. She is so pure and kind, despite what she's had to endure, and even though she doesn't realize it, she's very strong.

    The Deep End of the Sea features lush and vivid storytelling. It’s suspenseful at times, and it features a gorgeous, swoonworthy romance where the characters have to fight to be together. The romance is not an easy journey, but it was so sweet, and one of the most romantic stories I’ve read in a long, long while. This book features all of that, plus a surprise reveal that I didn’t see coming at all. Add in some major feminist props for a great dialogue about not blaming the victim and giving power back to women, and you have a completely epic book. I stayed up late to finish this book, and when I woke up the book was still on my mind. I was so satisfied where the book ended up, and yet I was sad that there wasn’t more to read. Basically, I can’t recommend this book highly enough -- it’s a must read!

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    An absolutely brilliant new take on the Medusa myth, The Deep En

    An absolutely brilliant new take on the Medusa myth, The Deep End of the Sea was a fantastic read. I loved this book! It was romantic, thrilling, and just wonderful. 

    I've always felt bad for Medusa. Despite the fact that she was a monster in the myths, I never saw her as bad. She was a victim of the gods and her story was really a tragedy. So, it was nice seeing a retelling that allowed her a happy ending.

    Medusa was a lovely heroine. She was kind and likable and never forgot her humanity in all her years as a monster. She felt crushing guilt from every person she killed by mistake and, more than becoming human again, she just wanted to stop hurting people. I really liked her. She was strong, determined, and definitely a survivor. I thought she was great.

    Hermes was wonderful. He was so sweet and determined to keep Medusa safe. I adored him. He was brilliantly portrayed.

    The romance was lovely. Medusa and Hermes were so sweet together. They were best friends before anything else, so the depth of their feelings was always there, though neither of them admitted it at first. And, there was some spice in there, as well. I thought they were lovely together.

    The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. I loved how all the gods were portrayed, with both their old characteristics and new minds. There were some secrets in store, particularly the full truth of Medusa's past. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

    The Deep End of the Sea was a fantastic retelling of the Medusa myth. It was romantic, thrilling, and full of surprises. I absolutely loved this book! Romance lovers, this book is a must read.

    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    I really loved this book!  I don¿t think I have encountered a b

    I really loved this book! 

    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!

    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. 

    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!

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    Posted April 21, 2014

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