- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (September 6, 2011)
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 sightYoung Adult books with a mythology theme is one of my favorite things to read and Tera Lynn Childs is a master at it. I was blown away by Sweet Venom. The mythology in this book is Greek and focuses on descendants of Medusa. The story is filled with monsters, prophecy, and cute boys.
Gretchen, Grace, and Greer are triplets. They only recently discovered this though so it was a shock for them (in addition to Grace and Greer finding out that they are descendants of Medusa). Gretchen was mentored and taught how to fight the monsters that would try to sneak into this world. She is the tough girl type who is used to doing things on her own. Grace is so unlike Gretchen. She is shy, meek, and kind of a computer geek. She comes off as a genuinely nice person. Finally, Greer is a rich girl who is a bit of a snob. She is all about perfection and having a full social calendar. All three girls were adopted into very different families and it shows in their personalities.
There are some guys in this book that are very interesting and will most likely play a big part later in the series. Thane is Grace's adopted older brother. He is a man of few words and that just makes him even more intriguing. Then there is Nick. I find myself very suspicious of him. He attends school with Gretchen and seems to know more than he should. I am anxious to know his real motives.
Sweet Venom is mostly the set up for the series. There is definitely some action but I have a feeling the story will be more intense in the next book now that the characters have been introduced and the basics have been explained. I am so excited about this series and these characters. Sweet Venom is such a fun read!
I received a copy for review from the publisher. Any opinions expressed are my own.
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