Thursday, 6 September 2012

Review and Giveaway: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

This review was supposed to be up on Monday, but, since it's going up late I decided to throw in a giveaway too. Entry form is at the end of the post - I'll order a copy of Sweet Venom from The Book Depository for whoever wins (I'll email the winner on Monday the 10th and it's international, so long as TBD delivers to where you are).

Sweet Venom
by Tera Lynn Childs


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.

So I'm a mood reader - I can't just pick up any book and read it, I have to be in the mood for the genre. I was so not in the mood to read a book like this (I was craving contemporary romance), so it took me by surprise how much I ended up enjoying this book.

It was cute and fun and I loved the characters. I'm not normally a fan of books with alternating POV's (as I've probably mentioned loads of times on this blog), I tend to latch onto one character and then all the other chapters are a drag to get through... this book wasn't like that.

Each of the girls had their own distinctive voice and personalities, it wasn't one of those books with multiple POV's where the only thing that allows you to tell the characters apart is the name at the start of the chapter and the girls were all interesting to me and I cared about what happened to all of them.

Gretchen was my favourite, she made me laugh and she was strong and a fighter but at the same time, she was still just a girl - she had kind of a steel coated marshmallow thing going on, all tough on the outside but with a softer side she doesn't show often, and I loved that her sisters brought that out in her and that, even though they're the same age, she kind of seemed like the big sister of the group.

Grace was the awkward, nerdy one who had confidence issues and characters like that, even though they're realistic, can often annoy me but she didn't. I loved the relationship she had with her parents and brother too (Thane was awesome, I wish there was more of him), and the Milo thing was sweet (he was sweet in general really).

Greer - I hated her at first, she seemed so bratty and selfish and like a total snob but then I started to like her - she didn't interest me as much as Gretchen and Grace did, but that may be more to do with the fact she had less going on--and less chapters--than the other two than her actual character.

I love Greek mythology, and I think the spin on it in this book was interesting. I don't have much to say about that part except that I liked it and it kept me entertained. In the first half of the book, there were bits where it got a little slow and I just wanted it to get to the point/the action a little faster, but I loved the second half of the book (and the end was awesome).

I think I may have enjoyed the plot more if the summary wasn't so spoiler-ish - it's kind of kills the surprise and suspense if twists in the story are known right from the start, so when they're revealed to the character, you don't get to feel surprise along with them.

I think that's all I have to say. I'd rate it 3.5 stars out of 5 (possibly 4 stars, thanks to the ending).

Now, onto the giveaway:

Later.

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