Oct 5, 2011

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Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
September 6, 2011
Katherine Tegen Books

Synopsis:
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.

My Review:
SWEET VENOM is a sweet and sassy YA novel with a very interesting take on mythology! If you are looking for a light-hearted read with a bit of paranormal thrown in, SWEET VENOM is most definitely the book for you! It is full of monsters, Greek Mythology, gorgons, and sisters galore. I will be waiting with baited breath for the next novel in this series.

Grace is the easiest sister to relate to. She is quite, a computer geek, and finds it hard to fit into her new school. She knows she is adopted, but she would never ever have suspected that she was related to the Medusa! Upon encountering some crazy looking monsters that no one else seems to see, Gretchen swoops into her life and changes it all. Together, they discover much about themselves and their heritage, as well as the fact that there aren’t just two of them!

Gretchen is the athletic sister who has been hunting monsters for the past four years. She is a professional at it by the time Grace comes along. The only problem is that more and more monsters keep showing up and she is so not okay with that. I loved Gretchen’s snarky attitude and the confidence that she had in her huntress abilities. I really loved seeing her soften up around her sister Grace and Nick, the new guy at school. Her interactions with Nick especially were very entertaining!

Greer is the last sister to be introduced, and she doesn’t come in until the last 1/3 of the book. I can see why Childs didn’t bring her in with Gretchen and Grace right away, but that made her that much harder to connect to. She came across as very spoiled and bratty! I really wish she would have gone away and left the huntress stuff up to Gretchen and Grace, but alas, that it not possible. I am hoping for much more from her in the next book.

Of course there are also cute boys in SWEET VENOM. Nick is “Gretchen’s guy” and I absolutely adored him. He was so flirty and never once gave up on Gretchen. Then there is the fact that there is something up with him. I am interested in seeing what!! And then there is Milo, “Grace’s guy”. I really didn’t care much for him. He was a bit boring to me and I wish Childs would have made him more interesting.

SWEET VENOM is a great read that is sure to make you giggle. I cannot wait for the next book in the Medusa Girls trilogy!

My Rating:

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  1. I've heard sooo many good things about this novel that I'm dying to get my hands on a copy of that. Definitely need to order one soon, so I can read this as well.
    Great review! It made me want to read this book even more.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Carina @ Fictional Distraction

  2. I really enjoyed this one too Bailey! It was just a fun book and I enjoyed reading all the girls perspectives, even snotty Greer's:) I wish we spent a little more time with the guys as well because they were there and then gone, and I look forward to seeing what's up with Nick. And possibly Thane too:)

  3. Lily Child says:

    Ooooh! I've been wanting to read this one! It's interesting that the third sister isn't introduced until the last third of the story.

  4. Glad to hear this book is good! I am looking forward to reading it. Loved the review!

  5. Sweet and sassy? Count me in! All the sisters sound like a ton of fun; can't wait to read this one! Great review, Bailey. :)

  6. Sweet and sassy? Awesome! Sounds like a fun read and hopefully I can get to it one day!

  7. Mary @ BookSwarm says:

    I liked Grace the best, too. But Gretchen was such a kick-but character, and I agree with you about her guy!

  8. A Canadian Girl says:

    You've got me curious now about finding out what's up with Nick. I have a feeling like you that I'll like Gretchen and Grace but will find Greer to connect with since I'm not a fan of bratty characters. Great review, Bailey!

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