What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons, plus I got a great deal on Amazon, so I had to read it. I was excited to read a Greek mythology retelling, especially about Medusa!
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.
- The author did a great job winding in Greek mythology to an updated love story.
- I absolutely adored Hermes, Hades and Persephone.
- It was a quick, easy read. I would classify it as the new adult genre, and since I haven't really stepped into that genre, it was a good gateway book.
- I didn't completely love Medusa. She seemed so weak. I realize that life did not do well for her, but still I really enjoyed her more when she started to live for herself.
- The world-building was lacking for me. I would love to have heard more about the island that Medusa initially lived on and then more about Olympus.