Monday, February 25, 2013

Medusa's Desire by E.B. Black

Title:  Medusa's Desire
Author: E.B. Black
Series:  Fate of Eros #1
Published:  November 22nd 2012
Page Count:  224
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

** The Fate of Eros Series: Book 1 * Exploring the Dark Side of Love **

When Medusa was beautiful, finding a man to love her was easy. Poseidon fought for glances from her heavy-lidded eyes against hundreds of suitors who proposed whenever she left her house.

Athena grew jealous. She allowed Medusa to be violated in the Parthenon and turned her into a monster for her indiscretion.

Now when she stares into the eyes of men, they scream as their skin hardens into stone. A caress against her cheek will be rewarded with the poisonous bites of the snakes that slither on her head.

No man is brave enough to approach her, until Perseus is ordered by the gods to kill her.

When they meet, desire sizzles between them. They are willing to risk it all-death, the wrath of the gods, the destruction of their families-if it means they can spend one more night together.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

Oh wow! I didn’t expect this book to be quite so heart wrenching. Black takes the story of Medusa and shows how she became the myth that she is. It was an extremely different outlook on this story, throughout which she made medusa and her problems seem quite real as she showed how Medusa was wronged at every turn of events.

The gods, goddesses, and the mythology surrounding the story itself stayed quite consistent. In fact, all details throughout the story remain consistent. Nothing takes a drastic change from one chapter to the next nor do you find yourself finding holes in the mythology or setup of the story. The descriptions that Black uses (or doesn’t use) could stand a bit of beefing up. They aren’t lacking to the extent that they detract from the story, however, they aren’t very strong either.

Although the character of Medusa was quite well developed, I found that the rest of the characters remained quite superficial. I found myself pulling directly from Greek mythology to fill in the blanks about people, which still left them quite without personalities. 

After reading this book, you won’t be able to look at Medusa or Perseus the same way. It does, however, put a bit of a hole in the theory that true love conquers all.

Buy your copy online here today!!!

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