Saturday, 20 August 2011

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Venom
Tera Lynn Childs
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.

This was an entertaining read.
The girls themselves are all so different and unique. Their personalities were very precise and sharp and it made it easy to tell they were different people, even if you forgot to check the beginning of each chapter to see who it was (which I only did a few...a lot of times).

I also loved the little sub-plots that Grace and Gretchen had. Their own details to worry about. Greer had little things to take care of, but she didn't have anything major like Grace and Gretchen. I'm hoping that her personal dilemma comes out in the second book.

The writing and the action kept things interesting. It wasn't constant action, so it did lull at times. And I kept getting pulled out of the book just as I started to get sucked in, so that created even more problems.

While parts of the book were predictable, the ending was not something I saw coming at all. It surprised me and left me wanting book 2 all the more.

This is a fun yet dark read. Full of kick butt girls and mysteries and an interesting and intriguing ending. It's a different kind of paranormal from what's usually on shelves. I highly recommend this one.

--Julie

2 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for this book! Great review! Sweet Venom might be the second book filled with action that I've read so far <3 Can't wait to read it!

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  2. An interesting combination of modern times and Greek myths, Sweet Venom is a very good book in my opinion.

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