Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Brad About Books: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Read on June 24, 2013
Published: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper)
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 345 pages
Source: Purchased
Series: Medusa Girls, #1

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.

What a fantastic start to a very promising series! Epic, enthralling, and so venomous, it's addictive. Sweet Venom is unique and mind-blowing!

I'm a fan of switching POVs in books... if they're done right. Sometimes, the plot-lines can get jumbled and confused, especially if the whole book is done in first person point of view. But Tera Lynn Childs did a fantastic job at evening out the three girls' POVs. Each girl is so uniquely different, and they have their own original voice that is only true to them. Gretchen, Grace, and Greer - my favorite set of triplets in YA! My only question is: why did I wait so long to read this?!

I absolutely love YA Greek mythology re-tellings, and while Sweet Venom isn't a full re-telling, it does have elements woven throughout it, and it's totally awesome! Childs did a phenomenal job with the descendants of the monstrous Medusa - I could see some traits of Medusa poking out through each girl! I'm so excited to see where Tera Lynn Childs takes the story to next in the series. Sweet Venom was just such an amazing start, I know that this series is bound to be one of my favorite series of all-time!

And these girls fighting monsters! So cool! Gretchen is most definitely the strongest, but the bonding relationship that these sisters form while trying to save the world was incredibly fantastic. Their relationship, their love, and even their fights and rocky moments, Childs perfectly captures the sense of love between these sisters. Sweet Venom blew me away! And I loved every single minute of it.

Overall, Sweet Venom is a definite must-read for anyone who loves a climatic and energetic story. One of a kind!

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