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Medusa, A Love Story (Loves of Olympus #1)

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It's said love can change a person. Medusa wasn't always a monster...

Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She's no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves... and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.

Ariston goes to war wi
ebook, 325 pages
Published May 2012 by Crescent Moon Press (first published April 22nd 2012)
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
{BR with Anne}

Elysium must wait...

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The Oracle has spoken: this book is really worthy of reading. Greek mythology, why must I love you so much? I'm addicted and I just can't get enough.

I'm no stranger to this author's work. I have read Sasha Summers' For the Love of Hades and absolutely loved it. I mean, it's not surprising, really. Hades was in it. My most beloved imaginary husband. Sorry Odysseus. But aannywaaaay, enough about me and my weirdness.

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There are various versions of the myth of
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BUT "Medusa, A Love Story" left me winded and wishing it had been!

I have never read any mythology literature – but after this novel it will not be my last!

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“You read any Greek myths, puppy? The one about the gorgon Medusa, particularly? I used to wonder what could be so terrible that you couldn't survive even looking at it.

Until I got a little older and I figured out the obvious answer.

May 10, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars. Buddy read with Ana. To read her review, kindly click on her name.

Recommended to all the Greek Mythology enthusiasts and lovers out there! And if you care for a lovely take on the much scorned character, Medusa, do read this and learn about the serpent lady.

“Wisdom will rule you from this day on, your constant lullaby their serpent’s song. Only those with an innocent heart, women and children, are set safely apart. A heart of stone is your curse to bear as they turn man to stone wit
May 25, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Job Sasha!!

First of all, let’s all take a look at this cover………

I’m going to say that it depicts what’s inside perfectly.

I haven’t ever thought about Medusa outside of the ever ingrained images in my mind from Clash of the Titians. I’m talking the old Clash of the Titans with Harry Hamlin.

As I read this book, I looked up a little of the Greek Mythology surrounding Medusa, and it appears there is tale that she wasn’t always the hideous creature that she became. Sasha Summers took this
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
A tragic romance like no other!

As priestess to the Goddess Athena, Medusa's sole purpose is to serve. When she meets the handsome warrior guard Ariston, Medusa begins to question her duty to the Goddess. As time passes, Medusa finds herself falling for Ariston and when she is set free from her duties to Olympus she wastes no time in marrying her true love. Their time together is short lived with Ariston called off to war and when the truth of their union is revealed, jealousy consumes the Gods w
Apr 13, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
~I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.~

Medusa begins in a scene anyone who’s seen Clash of the Titans will be familiar with. A daring young man, armed with a sword and shield, walks into the ruined temple to slay the cursed Gorgon, Medusa. He knows his chances aren’t good; every man who’s come to this island before him has tried and died. The monster surprises him, though, offering instructions on how to take her head.

The novel then rewinds about a year, to when Medu
Taschima Cullen
Apr 28, 2012 Taschima Cullen marked it as to-read
This is one of the most interesting sounding books to come out this fall. I don't think I've actually seen someone else trying to tackle Medusa.. Nice.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 09, 2012 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
I adore Greek mythology and the idea of painting Medusa as someone other than the villain really appealed to me. To have the Gods be the villains was genius. We all know parts of Medusa's story, we know that she was once mortal and that she became the monster we all know her as because she angered Athena.

But this story, this story tells it all...

I have always loved reading about Poseidon and to have this new selfish cruel take on him made for such an interesting and suspense filled read. One tha
Lynn Rush
Apr 30, 2012 Lynn Rush rated it it was amazing
I'm not into mythology--at all really--but I am now!!!
I'd always thought of Medusa as a nasty old thing...but Sasha Summers paints a very unique and surprising picture of this mythological creature.

And she did it WELL! Such great writing had me yanked into each and every page. I felt like I was right there in that era. Feeling what they were feeling. I just love that in a story.

The love between the hero and heroine is enviable. It's what love stories are made for, really. It just tugged at me
Oct 06, 2015 Angie marked it as big-fat-dnf
Shelves: retellings, romance, ebook
Unfortunately, this book and I had to part ways. The two protagonists were undeniably sweet and well-intentioned and honorable. Not quite to a fault, but pretty close. There wasn't anything about the writing that was distracting or cumbersome, but there was also nothing about it that really struck a chord. I just . . . lost interest somewhere along the way. Well, that and the fact that I simply could not for the life of me get past the continual references to Athena's brown eyes. I kept hoping t ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Marcie rated it it was amazing
Add this book to your to be read pile immediately. Mythology fascinates so many people. Many movies and books have been inspired by mythology. There is something about crazy, power hungry deities that appeal to so many people. Although I'm familiar with Medusa, this is the first book I've read that has taken a closer look at the history of Medusa, who wasn't always a monster.
Medusa was once a beautiful woman. She served as priestess at Athena's temple. Medusa is loyal, kind, and devout. She is
Lover of Romance
May 02, 2013 Lover of Romance rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-mythology
When I was first asked to read this, I didn't know if I would like it, especially since I wasn't sure if it would have a Happy ending (which is a must for me) but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Medusa. At first I had a bit of a hard time getting into it, I don't know if it was just me or what, but I just had a feeling I needed to stick with it. However once I read the first chapter or two I was instantly drawn into this passionate love story that almost broke my heart. There were ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I just knew I was going to love this book from the title.. And I was not let down. I'm always quite hesitant to give a book 5 stars, only because it's like anything, nothing is perfect, but for me this came jolly well close!

So, most people know the tale/myth of Medusa in part at least, and this was the same for me. Although, I've had a strange kind of love affair with the idea of her for years.. What I love so much about this book however is that it takes away the horror of it, in the normal 'ho
Bending The Bookshelf
Jul 04, 2012 Bending The Bookshelf rated it really liked it
What a novel (and lovely) concept - delve into the history of the monster and make her human. Whenever I think of Medusa, it's that scene from the original 80s version of Clash of the Titans that comes mind, with Perseus holding her head aloft, the snakes still waving wildly, and triumphantly turning the Kraken to stone.

To think of Medusa as not just a sympathetic character, but a genuine love interest, is daring to the point of genius, but Sasha Summers pulls it off with Medusa A Love Story. It
Allison Collins
Mar 25, 2012 Allison Collins rated it it was amazing
I’ve always loved the myths and stories of the Gods & Goddesses on Mount Olympus. Sasha Summers has brought the Gods and Goddesses to life with her new series.
"Medusa, A Love Story" quickly rose to the top of my all-time favorite books. I was riveted from the very beginning of the story as the author took me on an incredibly joyous and tragic ride. I was caught up in the love story of Medusa and Ariston, and the clever machinations of the Gods and Goddesses of Olympus. I had never thought a
Sasha Summers
Feb 26, 2012 Sasha Summers rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I'm going to give it 5 stars! I love this book and I hope you will too! Can't wait for it's release so I can share it.
Feb 20, 2015 Lexie rated it it was ok
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I have such mixed feelings about Sasha Summers' Medusa, A Love Story that I hardly know where to begin. The piece hit the ground running so I started fairly optimistic. Unfortunately the book lost steam somewhere between points A and B and ultimately left me wanting. Don't get me wrong, I love how Summers adapted the mythology to her fiction, but the telling of it threw me. In the end, I feel most comfortable awarding three
Shy The WidowMaker
Jul 12, 2012 Shy The WidowMaker rated it really liked it
The cover of this book was so beautiful. The colors worked so well together with the font. I could tell that the story behind it would be a beautiful love story. I was truly not disappointed. This book was a must read for me being a mythology lover.

This story tells the story of Medusa. I haven't really read any tales that portrayed Medusa in a good light. I loved that the author told her story through a love story. We get to see how loyal she was to the Gods and how much she was willing to give
Nemisha Khosa
Feb 13, 2013 Nemisha Khosa rated it really liked it
okay so i choked, i actually choked up!
Medusa, a love story is a well written, well worded(yes that is a feature, because believe it or not to write ye olde English is difficult) To write a honeymoon scene and not make it sound erotic,
Each word, each sentence written could show the emotions, each scene described so well that you could imagine it.
If ever a love story that described star-crossed lovers...

I picked this book, because of the Greek mythology fan in me(huge huge fan of Greek myths!)
I w
Mar 19, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing
Mobile review so may be short and choppy. Im going 4.5 and loved this book. This is more of a romance than a steamy PNR but i was hooked from the beginning.

I never really read anything with greek mythology and i liked the way this one was done. It was pretty much the major characters. Zeus, Athena, Poseidon etc... I loved Medusa! Not just the book the character. The story is the trials of Medusa and how love and loyalty wasn't enough for the gods and their precious ego. How her love and dedicati
Oct 22, 2012 Delphina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I knew it was not going to be an HEA story. The little I knew about Medusa coming into this book made that clear. What I was not expecting was the depth of this beautiful, yet tragic love story. There was a time when they could finally be together and I wanted to close the book and pretend it was the end. Unfortunately or fortunately, as the case may be, I have no will power and found my self opening it again only a few minutes later. This was a beautifully written, emotionally poignant, and add ...more
Book Sushi
Apr 30, 2013 Book Sushi rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book!! Wow!! I dont know if this version was ever true, but I wish it was!!! It was so touching and full on epic romance. It really was nice to see how Medusa came to be "Medusa", this book had me glued to it constantly! I have never wanted two characters to have a happily ever after as I did with these two!

We have Medusa, who is a daughter of a sea Titan and a gorgon except that she is absolutely beautiful, unlike her two sisters who are absolutely hideous. She is the he
May 21, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: gods
I'm not really good at reviewing books since I don't know what to do? REALLY review it with all inclusive which means spoilers? Or be vague and at the end say nothing more than you can read everywhere else?

Sooo I won't write a "complete" review. But this book. If you like stories about gods and such even a little and are not afraid of crying (and yes, I WAS crying half the time I read this book) then give it a try. You won't be disappointed. I certainly wasn't!

I'm not quite
Full of extreme devotion and sacrifice all for the purpose of love, Medusa, A Love Story melts your heart for the immense suffering Medusa and Ariston face and ultimately for the sheer love they give to one another. It's true that the Gods have power over your lives but it is you who chooses how you reach that fate. In this case, even a venomous curse cannot stop the feelings of true love. Summers creates characters that enter your heart and never leave. Their love and journey expresses the limi ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Joni rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking tale of love! I absolutely loved how the author took a complete one-eighty with Medusa, of all mythical creatures, and made me feel sorrow for her. I actually hurt for her – something not many authors have mustered from me in the past. Summers' writing style is flowing, elegant and classic. It’s a beautiful fairytale that will take you on a turbulent sea of emotion. I highly recommend for anyone that craves a good love story.
Aug 13, 2015 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers may know the story of Medusa, but what we know is only the end. How she ended up a monster is a tragic love story. It begins with Medusa as a beautiful woman, the dutiful daughter of monstrous Titans, and sister to the Gorgons. Her parents sold her as a priestess of Athena, and no one can touch her--especially not her guard, Ariston. But she wishes, sometimes, that he could.

Finally, she is freed from her worship and touchable--but when she follows her heart, she is punished by the cruel
Sep 25, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Medusa has long been thought of as an evil creature of mythology. But what if she really wasn't what we assumed? I loved the story of Medusa that Ms. Summers crafts. I found Medusa to be a loyal and caring young lady who was treated poorly by the Gods. Often I felt anger toward them for their lack of caring for humans/mortals rather than only what the mortals could provide for the Gods. Athena was the worst. She is a woman but doesn't give any benefit of the doubt and punishes Medusa without tho ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Uzihs rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and heartbreaking..
KaSonndra Leigh
Dec 27, 2012 KaSonndra Leigh rated it it was amazing
Medusa: A Love Story Review

First off, I want to say that I'm happy to see a story of Greek mythology with a twist. Let us take our hats off and offer a bow to Ms. Summers for her astoundingly beautiful story.

Plot style: character driven

Medusa, a gorgon and high priestess of Athena, has been assigned the protection of soldier Ariston to take her back to her homeland. Along the way Ariston becomes enamored by Medusa's beauty and ultimately falls in love with her, an action forbidden among the Gree
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Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, romance, and travel. Her first play was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are s ...more
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“If you love me, you will go now. I would have you live. For once they wake, I cannot stop them...” 5 likes
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