Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Medusa Girls #1
Published by HarperCollins on September 6th 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.
Stories with myths have always been a favorite of mine. The Greek ones especially. Sweet Venom promises to turn the Medusa myth into something completely new, completely fresh. I am so there!
Although I have been eyeing the works of Tera Lynn Childs for a very long time, Sweet Venom is the first novel that I have ever read by her. After hearing so much praise for her other novels, I was excited to dive in.
Sweet Venom is told (eventually) by three POVs. At first, I was hesitant with the multiple POVs. Based on experience, I knew that either Childs would pull it off… or I would just get lost in the sea of similarity. Sweet Venom definitely fell into the first category. Grace, Gretchen, and Greer. Three girls with three completely different personalities. Now, I am not sure if it due to them having such differences that each was able to stand out on their own, or just Child's wonderful writing style. Whichever it was, I had no problem what so ever picking out each girl's voice.
I was originally drawn to Sweet Venom for the myth, the lore of Medusa.With all the Greek retellings in YA books, I am surprised that she has been overlooked as she has. But that is ok. Childs does a wonderful job with the myth. Twisting the lore into a modern retelling that kicked butt, literally.
Sweet Venom is a fast paced, kicking butt type of novel. Pure fun. With three main characters, readers are sure to find their favorite to root for. Childs also ends the book not with a cliffhanger, but the promise of more. I cannot wait to head back into this world and discover more. I know that Childs definitely has a lot more up her sleeve with this series.
Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.
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