Saturday, March 9, 2013

Review: Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1) By: Tera Lynn Childs

Title:  Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Published: September 4th, 2012
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads 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.

My Thoughts:

This book was a lot of fun and I am a big fan of Greek mythology and I was really interested in reading this one, I ha v e to admit I was happy that this book was based on Medusa and not Persephone because it seems like most YA books are based on that myth and I was excited to read a more kick ass take on Greek mythology. 

In this book each chapter is told by one of 3 triplets: Grace, Gretchen, and Greer. Grace and her family have just moved to San Francisco after she was accepted to a private school. Grace and her brother Thane are adopted with a great parents and Grace knows how lucky she is to have a great family. Gretchen is the tough and strong one, who goes out every night to fulfill her destiny of sending monsters back to the Underworld. Greer is the perfect one, she has a rich family and she is not going to let anything get in the way of her perfect life. They were separated at birth and none of them knew about each other in the beginning. But together, they will embrace their destiny and change the world forever, but it won't be as easy as it seems.

I loved getting to read about each of the girls and their lives. Each one has a distinct and different personality but, together they each bring something to the table that will make them unstoppable. You learn a lot more about Grace and Gretchen then Greer  because they found each other first. I thought that Grace and Gretchen handled the fact that they had found each other fairly well. If I saw somebody who looked exactly like me I would have been totally freaked out. But, maybe with the fact that they were adopted helped them handle it. I loved how bad ass Gretchen was she was tough and strong and definitely the girl I would  want fighting monsters and keeping me from danger. Grace was smart and had so much enthusiasm, she was a computer whiz and she embraced her destiny like it was nothing. She was willing to train with Gretchen and wanted to be the best monster huntress that she could  be. Greer on the other hand was not as willing as the other two to believe anything they said, she had the perfect life and she was not willing to let anything else get in the way of everything that she had. 

Overall, Sweet  Venom was an interesting story full of action and monsters and the beginning of an interesting series. If you enjoy Greek mythology then you will definitely want to check this one out, the only complaint I had about this one was that right when everything starts going on the right track the book ended and I found myself wanting to read more right away. 

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  1. Wow, nice review. I'm also planning to read Sweet Venom as I love Greek Mythology. Now I know this is a great read. :)


  2. I really loved the twist on Medusa here as I don't think I've read another YA novel based on the same source. I found a lot to love in all 3 girls and this is really reminding me that I need to pick up the sequel soon!


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