Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Deep End of the Sea Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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.



Author Bio:
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. 






Review:
First line:
I let it happen again.
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Source:
 review copy from author
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Rating:
3 snakes out of 5
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Heather weaves a creative aspect of the Greek gods in The Deep End of the Sea. There were a lot of little things that were neat and unique (as far as the Greek mythology retellings I've read). Medusa's story was well told and had some unexpected twists. I've was thoroughly surprised with some of the revelations, which is a good thing.

Medusa is slightly naive but also extremely wary towards men. And who wouldn't be after being raped by a man you thought a friend? I liked her best at the end when she gets tough and actually takes a stand for herself. And she took the initiative to learn how to protect herself.

Fangirls, meet your new obsession...I mean book boyfriend. Hermes is adorable. He protects Medusa as best he can. He's also very much in love with her, unbeknownst to her, but known to everybody else. He always had the right thing to say and was just all around sweet.

All the supporting characters were awesome. Aphrodite, Persephone, and Hades were so fun and energetic. I loved how they immediately accepted Medusa because of their love for Hermes. And Granny is freaking awesome!! Every book needs a character like her.

The reason for my 3 star rating is because there wasn't a whole lot of action or even tension build up. It worked for the storyline but I was expecting/hoping for more action. Medusa cried a lot, too. But who am I to judge when she's two thousand years old, has killed multiple people, is the object of obsession for two gods, and has had her life dramatically changed several times.

The Deep End of the Sea is definately one to add to the pile for those of you who enjoy Greek mythology.


Giveaway:
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Check out the rest of the tour:
February 12
Lovin Los Libros-Character Interview (Medusa)
Vilma’s Book Blog-Excerpt and Review
Bookaholics Anonymous-Review Only
Books She Reads-Review Only

February 13
A Bookish Escape-Review Only
The Book Beacon-Review Only
The Road is You-Review Only

February 14
TSK TSK What to Read-Playlist and Review
Romance Addict-Review Only
Imagine A World-Review Only
Movies Shows & Books-Guest Post
A Nook for Books-Review Only

February 15
Book Briefs-Character Interview (Hermes) & Review
Seeing Night Reviews-Review Only
Part of that World-Review Only

February 16
A Dream Within A Dream-Excerpt
Rumpled Sheets Blog-Review Only
The Phantom Paragrapher-Review Only

February 17
Cocktails and Books-Excerpt and Review
Reading the Alphabet-Review Only
Pandora’s Books-Review Only
The Book Trollop-Review Only

February 18
Starbucks N Books-Guest Post and Review
Riverina Romantics-Review Only
Sofia Loves Books-Review Only
Nomi’s Paranormal Palace-Review Only

February 19
The Book Hookup-Review Only
ReaderGirls-Excerpt
Total Book Geek-Review Only
Kat’s Book Buzz-Review Only

February 20
Library of a Bookwitch-Guest Post and Review
Kate’s Tales of Books & Bands-Review Only
Gabic Reads-Review Only
Dowie’s Place-Review Only

February 21
Book Nerds Across America-Review Only
Poisoned Rationality-Author Interview and Review
Bound by Books-Review Only
Alii’s book Jungle-Review Only

February 22
The Book Whisperer-Review Only
Behind Closed Covers-Guest Post and Review
The Bo0ki3-Review Only
Confessions from Romaholics-Review Only

February 23
Not Everyone’s Mama-Review Only
WTF Are You Reading?-Guest Post and Review
NWA Gossip Girl-Review Only
No BS Book Reviews-Review Only

February 24
What’s Beyond Forks-Dream Cast and Review
My Favorite Things-Review Only
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club-Review Only
Imaginary Reads-Author Interview

February 25
Pink Fluffy Hearts-Excerpt
Book Angel Booktopia-Fun & Different Idea and Review

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