11 June, 2012

Sweet Venom - Review

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, Book 1) by Tera Lynn Childs  
Publication date: 6 September 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN 10/13: 0062001817 | 9780062001818

Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Keywords: Siblings, family, mythology
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Source: Library

Jacket copy:

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.

Thuy's Review:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up Sweet Venom. It had a great cover and I couldn’t resist picking it up. I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology though my memory for the myths and the many gods is rusty at best. But the idea of monster fighting triplets descended from Medusa sounded too fun to pass up.

And fun it was! With a good mix of Greek mythology, action, romance, and humor, Sweet Venom is an entertaining and fast read. The book is told from the three POVs of Grace, Gretchen, and Greer. I am often wary of books told in multiple POVs. In this case, I think it worked because each character is so different and each of them has such a different on what’s happening. The voices are also very distinct and I had no trouble telling them apart.

The three sisters themselves could not be more different. Gretchen, the trained huntress, is tough and world weary. Grace, the innocent, is optimistic and loving. Greer, the refined and cultured sister, wants nothing to do with the other two. As someone who has a fraternal twin whose relation to myself I seriously questioned when I was younger, I can really relate to what the sisters are feeling. But you don’t have to be a triplet or twin understand the love/hate relationship that siblings often have. I did feel that the personalities of the girls was a little cliche at times, each of them falling really neatly into their roles. But there were little surprises here and there and I think there is a lot of potential for them to grow as into unique characters.

I liked that there was some romance but that it wasn’t the main focus of the story. Grace and Milo are just adorable together though Nick is my favorite just because he drives Gretchen crazy and won’t give up. I also love Thane, Grace’s quiet and mysterious older brother. I have a feeling that he’s going to play a much larger role in the next book and I am looking forward to learning more about him. Of course, there’s a lot of Greek mythology in the book but it’s easy to digest and Childs puts her own spin on it.

This was a really fun, fast read and I am really looking forward to the next book. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s coming out until September so I guess I’ll have to wait until then. :(

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  1. I love Greek Mythology the only reason I've been hesitant on picking this up is because of the multiple POVs, i'm not the biggest fan of them. But I do eventually want to read it. Great review!

  2. I really enjoyed this one too-it married two of my favorite interests (sister stories and Greek mythology) into one exciting adventure. My sister also liked it too and we're both eagerly awaiting the sequel!