Monday, October 22, 2012

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

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.  -

I'm a little late jumping on the wagon to read this series, but better late than never.  I absolutely adored this book.  It had so much of what I love... Greek myth, action, fighting, discovery of unknown siblings, great heroines that have distinct and oh, so likeable personalities, and a touch of romance.

True, the romance is not really central to the story, but it is there.  It does, however, take a backseat to the wonderful dynamic between the three main girls.  These guys are long lost sisters, separated for a reason.  Getting to know them was wonderful.  They each have very distinct personalities, very different, and when you put the three together, you have some really interesting pyrotechnic of personalities.  My favorite scenes in this story are amongst the three of them trying to figure out what to do with the lurking danger they're fighting against, and trying to learn each other.  One of them has always known what she was and has always known how to fight.  The other two have to be taught.  The scenes where Gretchen teaches Grace are some great reading.

This is a great story of adventure and excitement.  The writing swept me right along, and by the time I reached the last page, I was dying to read the second book.  Thankfully, I had intentionally waited until now to read the first book, after I'd already acquired a copy of book two.  No waiting!  So look for my review of book two very soon.

If you liked this book, check for the sequel:


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