Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, Book 1) by Tera Lynn Childs
  • 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 sight
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Young 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!

5/5


I received a copy for review from the publisher. Any opinions expressed are my own.

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23 comments:

Anna said...

Great review Rae! I'm really looking forward to this one. :)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this sounds so good, i love books based on mythology!

Krystal said...

I am dying to read this, I love how this book has triplets too!!! For some reason, that really makes me happy :)

Christina said...

Can't wait for this book. Thanks for the review!

Yolande said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this :)

Vivien said...

I really can't wait to see Tera's take on mythology in this one!! Sounds amazing :)

Suz said...

Great review! I like reading about mythology and your review makes me definitely want to read this book!

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Jessica said...

Great review! Makes me even more excited to read it when it comes out!

- Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm

Lisa said...

I look forward to reading this one.

Elizabeth said...

GREAT REVIEW....THANKS.

Stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Review Party.

Elizabeth

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Jenn of Frequent Reader, Infrequent Blogger said...

It sounds like a really awesome book. I look forward to reading it.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Sounds fascinating and am adding it to my wishlist right now.

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Billy Burgess said...

Great review!

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Miss Lauren said...

Thanks so much for your review! Every single review I've read has been 5 stars! I can't wait to read this!

DAMgirls: Daisy, Autumn, and Maysie said...

You cannot know how much I want this book... well maybe. BUT I really want it as if it were the last container of chocolate ice cream in the WHOLE store and I'd be running ;)
Daisy
PS: I don't run much :P

frunchezzcuh said...

Awzum review. Can't wait to read this! :)

thuy said...

sounds interesting. not too many teen books that have this kind of mythology in them these days.

ASHLEY HOLT said...

Once I saw this cover I knew I wanted to read it and I am so excited for it to come out plus I love a man of few words so I can't wait to read about Thane!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

This is a new book to me. I just started seeing the cover. But sounds like a great read. I love mythology in books too. :) Thank you for the review!

Rebel said...

I love greek mythology and when I heard that Tera Lynn Childs was coming out with a book about Medusa I was dying to get my hands on it! I'm happy to know that it will be as good as I expect it to be!

Sakira said...

I'm glad to hear that you like SWEET VENOM. I LOVE Greek mythology and have been excited for this book for a while now, especially since Tera Lynn Childs is such a great author! :)

Kris-10 said...

Great review!!! I'm looking forward to reading it!!! :))

Chen Yan Chang said...

This sounds like an awesome book! I love Greek mythology so it's fun when authors are able to make their own interpretation of the stories. I can't wait to get this book!