Monday, October 7, 2013

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs [Review]

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Medusa Girls #1
Genre: YA Paranormals
Release:  September 6, 2011
Hardcover: 345 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Sweet Venom is one of the better takes on mythology I've read.  I liked the reinterpretation of the Medusa myth, which is a new one for me.  Childs takes the Medusa myth and stands it on its head.  Instead of a snake haired monster, Medusa was actually a guardian who kept monsters from entering into the human world.  But she was killed and the door between worlds was left unguarded.  Now Medusa's descendants hunt the monsters that manage to slip through the rift and send them back to the their world.  Gretchen, Grace and Greer are all descendants of Medusa and triplets.  They were adopted at birth by separate families and have no knowledge of each other until a chance meeting brings them together.

Much of the book centers on introducing the girls and slowly bringing them together.  Each one is incredibly different than the other and each had a very different upbringing.   I like that Childs gave them each a distinctive personality and kept their actions and reaction in line with those personalities.  I felt she handled their separate POVs well.  I was never confused by who I was reading.  I also really liked some of the side characters, particularly Thane (Grace's brother) and Nick (Gretchen's potential love interest).

Sweet Venom is fun, fast paced and quick read.  I whipped right through it. I wish we had gotten a little further in the mythology instead of focusing as much on the monster hunting, but I still found myself very interested all the way through.  There are a few little mysteries left unsolved so I am definitely on board for the remaining books on the series!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Sweet Venom
2. Sweet Shadows
3. Sweet Legacy

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