Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Blog Tour: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons & A Giveaway!

I'm happy to be participating in the Blog Tour for this exciting new book, The Deep End of the Sea, by Heather Lyons! There seems to be a new trend of reimagining legends and fairy tales into creative retellings, and when it's done well, I love it! It just proves that every story can be seen from multiple perspectives, and it's so much fun to see a character you thought you knew shed in a new light. That's exactly what The Deep End of the Sea does. It reimagines Medusa's story in a new and creative light.

Here's a little bit more about the book:

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.


Kat's Review

As I mentioned, I signed up for this blog tour because the premise was so intriguing I couldn't pass it up. Medusa, remade for modern times with a twist on the legend that makes the notorious villain into a tortured victim.

The first thing I have to say about this novel is that the writing is tight, clear, and convincing. The voice of Medusa is believable, and her tortured soul really come through from the start. Heather Lyons has managed to successfully take characters of Greek mythology and made them believable for the modern world without losing their original intrigue. Definitely not a task for the faint of heart.

I was hooked from the start, desperately wanting to know more about whether Medusa was going to be released from her island prison, and how she would be able to handle the world after thousands of years of isolation. Add to that her continued pain over all the lives she's taken since being cursed, the budding relationship with Hermes, and the slow climb back into a place of redemption, and you've got one hell of a cool book.

Rating: A Good Read

A completely original take on the myth you thought you knew. Well-written, tightly paced, and hits all the right emotional notes.


I am also part of the fabulous giveaway for the tour! Open to residents of the United States. See below for contest details!

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