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review 2018-06-05 20:51
4.2 Out Of 5 "don't look into my eyes" STARS
The Deep End of the Sea - Heather Lyons

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Deep End of the Sea

Heather Lyons

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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 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.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Heather Lyons is one of my favorite Authors, because of her series The Collectors Society.  If you haven't tried this series yet then you should.

 

I'm not mythology junkie, so I went into this knowing what the average person knows about Greek Mythology.  Which are only the basics.  With that being said…I thought this a deftly done and modern take on Medusa and the Greek Gods, one that I rather enjoyed reading.  The romance was sometimes on the bland side, but for those haters of insta-love, this could be just what they are looking for.  My only qualm was I really wanted more intensity throughout the story instead of only at the very end.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Setting~ Island of Gorgona, Olympus, Jackson (Wyoming), and Paris

Source~ KU Kindle eBook

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review 2018-05-31 10:00
New Release Review! Ram Rugged (Ares Cursed #1 / Zodiac Shifters) Melissa Thomas!
Ram Rugged - Melissa Thomas

 

 

Once burned, twice shy... 
After having her heart broken, curvy Mary Andre is determined to never risk it again. Besides, she has too much work and too many bills for her SoCal sheep ranch to bother with romance. Born under the Virgo sign, she has a can-do attitude. Everything is under control until her coyote-shifter ex-husband slaughters one of her flock. Mary goes looking for a hero-for-hire, but fate deals her a Greek god. Handsome Demetri Larsen puts tempt into temptation... It takes every ounce of her willpower to resist her desire for him. 

 

Cursed to wander the earth until he finds his soulmate... 
For three hundred years, the immortal ram-shifter lived life on the road, chasing pleasure when not called upon to act as an Aries Guardian. For Demetri, desire and duty are about to collide head on when a feisty redhead upends his entire world. In his determination to never hurt or be hurt, Demetri refuses to take a chance on the love that could set him free. 

 

 

I may be biased because I am an Ares but I am really liking these ram shifters and Ram Rugged is really tickled my fancy. Mary and Demitri are two really strong, wonderful characters that has some sizzling chemistry between them and they easily draw readers in. The romance is sweet and the passion is red hot, of course the relationship has a few bumps to get over, like quite a few secrets and then there is thrilling suspense of the danger that Mary is facing and what's more, this story provided quite a few chuckles and I really loved Colleen, she is something else.

 

Overall, this Zodiac Shifter story was well written, the author added depth and a little lagniappe with mythological elements that she spun into a great read and and I couldn't put the story down until I had read every last word. Oh and I should probably mention that I loved the outcome of the dangerous situation facing Mary, it is a really fitting end to the bad guy.

 

 

Ram Rugged (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38198119-ram-rugged) is the 1st book in the Ares Cursed series and part of the Zodiac Shifters Kindle World (https://www.goodreads.com/series/205296-zodiac-shifters).

 


Learn more about the Zodiac Shifters world at:
http://zodiacshifters.com/

 


Ram Rugged is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078X5G36Z/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ram-rugged-melissa-thomas/1128083352?ean=2940159050564

 


iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ram-rugged/id1344320906?_bbid=9450542&mt=11

 


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Melissa_Thomas_Ram_Rugged?id=8WBODwAAQBAJ

 


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/ram-rugged

 

 

 

 

 

can be found at:
website - http://thephoenixascending.blogspot.com/




Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3001045.Melissa_Thomas




G+ https://plus.google.com/103343132622040085711

 


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/melissa-thomas

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-05-29 03:12
Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 256 pages.
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

The book is a collection of stories on the myths around the gods of Asgard. 

Thor and Loki are key to the Avengers stories. So terms that were from the myths echo to the stories from the Norse myths. 

 

With that as a background, it is a fun read so far. 

 

Loki is as naughty as ever. 

 

Odin origin story is pretty brutal. 

 

Liking it. 

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review 2018-05-10 18:31
Brilliant
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus - Margaret Atwood,Laural Merlington
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood

Irreverent, insightful, funny, deeply humane and empathetic.

 

The myth of Odysseus is one of my favorite parts of Greek mythology: in telling it from the perspective of Penelope -- with a good bit about Penelope's childhood and youth, and her and Odysseus's marriage thrown in for good measure, as well as with her 12 slain maids acting as a very Greek chorus -- Atwood turns it inside out, gives it a feminist spin, and puts it together again in her very own way.  And Laurel Merlington's narration is sheer genius ... if you're into Greek mythology and audiobooks, get the audio version now.  (If you're not into audiobooks but into Greek mythology, still get the edition of your choice.)

 

Absolutely loved every second of it.

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review 2018-05-01 13:26
HEXEN'S CROSS BY J KOWALLIS
Hexen's Cross - J. Kowallis

Mythology, magic and mystery...all my favorite M words in one novel.

 

 

 

If you read my reviews you know I'm a sucker for mythology, and Kowallis seamlessly weaves it into the world of the Hexens in an utterly unique way.

 

 

 

 

I also think it needs to be said that this story has some serious Indiana Jones vibes happening. The riddles to be solved, hunting for possibly fictitious relics from the past, magical BOOBY TRAPS, all being pioneered by the badass seeker of knowledge, professor/Hexen extrodinaire, Taran Grim.

 

 

 

 

Taran was pretty awesome. Although her Hexen legacy was not as accomplished as it could be, her knowledge on the mythological and mystical was second to none. Or at least, very few. I'm glad she still has some stuff to learn where her spells/powers are involved because I think if she had all that straight away she would be unstoppable at whatever she puts her mind to. I think I'll quite enjoy watching her develop and exact those powers as the story continues.

 

 

 

 

Now can we talk Collens Donovan for a hot minute? How is it even an accent on paper is HAWT?

 

 

 

 

I mean, he was kinda douchetastic at the beginning, but we all know sometimes those rough around the edges types are hiding all their many squishy loveable bits underneath. Coll was no exception. His magical prowess was a nice balance to Taran's wealth of knowledge. As Taran chipped away at his armor we got a much better idea of him as a person without the bluster and bravado...and of course, like Taran, it was hard not to like what I saw.

 

 

 

 

That ending was explosive, be prepared for twists and revelations you won't see coming! I was on the edge of my seat by the end and I CAN'T WAIT to see what happens next in this world of magic and mayhem! If you are a fan of mythology, adventure, magic, and swoon-worthy characters you need to add Hexen's Cross to your must-read list.

 

 

 

 

Btw still insanely jealous of Hexen's ability to magic their way around daily nuisances like doing your hair and avoiding traffic. Taran, share your secrets with me please!

 

 

 

 

*I received an ARC at no cost from the author*

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