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Midnight Medusa by Stephanie Draven
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Sep 15, 10

really liked it

Renata wears the scars of her war-torn past both inside and outside. As a child, Renata has lost her parents and her innocent to warfare in her homeland of Bosnia. As an adult, she deals with her anger and pain through sculpting -- but the subjects of her artwork mysteriously end up dead. On the opening of her latest show, she's kidnapped by a mysterious and attractive stranger who reveals the source of her powers. She's a Gorgon and she's been sculpting her revenge in stone.

This short story was a fresh and creative integration of Greek mythology with very current themes. The story doesn't shy away from the pain of war and its psychological effects, nor does it gloss it over with airy romance. Instead, Stephanie Draven handles the deep issues of healing, fighting fear, and finding love after tragic loss.

Renata is a complex heroine who struggles with her own past. There's another twist on the paranormal hero in this book -- Deimos isn't a superhero with magic powers who swoops in to save the day. Like the Greek gods of old, these immortals are very "human" with human faults. I loved this take on how the Greek gods might have evolved to walk among us today.

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