Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Medusa's Desire, E.B. Black (4 stars)

About Medusa's Desire

** 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 suitors who proposed whenever she left her house. Even goddesses weren't treated with such worship.

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

Now when Medusa 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.


As a teenager, I watched Clash of the Titans so many times that my father threatened to take the television out of the house and give it away. One of the most fascinating parts of the movie was Medusa, so I was intrigued by the idea of this book. At first, I kept thinking, "Wait, that's not how the story goes." But then, the author won me over.

In Medusa's Desire, Medusa gets a story worthy of her bad reputation with the twist of showing her vulnerability and insecurity. There's something so intriguing about discovering what makes the villain tick. But, who knew Medusa could steal my heart? I found myself rooting for her and wanting her to find a way out of her curse.

I must note that this is NOT a young adult novel--there are some gritty scenes inappropriate for younger readers. Some of those scenes were hard for me to read, but they helped illustrate the depth of Medusa's pain and mistreatment. Kudos to E. B. Black for not shying away from the underbelly.

If you like mythology, especially with a twist, take a chance on Medusa's Desire. Just know--it's not for the faint of heart.

Rating: 4 stars

About E. B. Black
(from GoodReads)

Growing up, I was sheltered from fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction novels. Now that I've tried them as an adult, I've become addicted! I like to escape to other worlds so much that I had to create my own.

In junior high and high school, I read romance novels all day long. It frustrated my mother and teachers because I'd neglect my homework in order to squeeze more reading time in.

I became an author because I enjoy reading and daydreaming. I wanted to share my passion for these things with all of you!

I live in Southern California with my boyfriend and two dogs. If you'd like to contact me about anything, please do so at deathauthor@live.com.

For more information, please visit the author's website, on Facebook, on GoodReads, and on Twitter.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.