Monday 9 December 2013

Sweet Venom - Book Review


Sweet Venom – Book Review

Tera Lynn Childs

YA Fantasy/Mythological


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.


Tera Lynn Childs has written some brilliant YA books and Sweet Venom is yet another fantastic read to add to your bookshelves. Rich with mythology, it is a light hearted story with a fresh concept - and written with the usual wit and charm that I’ve come to expect from this author.

Written in a triple-narrative, Sweet Venom tells the story of three sisters. Separated at birth, Gretchen, Greer and Grace may be identical in looks but their personalities could not be more different. Now sixteen years later, the trio suddenly find themselves reunited through a mix of fate and destiny. But they are no ordinary girls – they are the descendants of Medusa, charged with the sacred duty of guarding the world from the demons and monsters that plague it.

But now something in the underworld is stirring, and the sisters must unite together in order to overcome the evil that is threatening their lives. Because if they don’t learn to trust each other soon, then the world as they know it will end…

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well written and through them the story is brought bubbling to life. While the three sisters are identical in looks, their styles and personalities are so unique that there is no trouble telling them apart, and they each add their own contributions to the story.

The book begins with Gretchen. Tough and fierce, she grew up on the streets where she learned to fight and defend herself. Learning of her destiny at an early age, she has spent most of her teen years fighting demons, making her the most kick-ass of the three sisters.

Grace on the other hand is just your typical, high school girl. Raised within a normal family, she has a cute, overprotective brother and parents who generally care about her. Her sense of humour is quite quirky and although she is unwilling at first, she soon excepts her fate as a descendant of Medusa.

Greer however, I feel like we don’t know so much. She enters the book close to end and the reader doesn’t have a lot of time to understand her character. Coming from a very rich family, she is a bit of a spoiled snob. Yet she is intelligent, but also reluctant to have her life ruled by destiny. I’m looking forward to learning more about her as the series progresses.

Also as a sucker for romance, I’m pleased to say that this book had plenty. Each sister has a love interest that suits them, and Tera Lynn Childs does a fantastic job of drawing out the suspense of each romantic moment. Given all the trouble the girls seem to get into, I can’t wait to see how their relationships with the boys will develop.

Story wise, the author has put her own fresh spin onto the legends of Greek mythology. Medusa is portrayed as a good and very misunderstood character, and I like how believable the tale is. The plot is fast paced and keeps you turning pages which make this book a quick, but delicious read.

Suitable for girls 12 years + I would recommend this book to anyone who loves strong heroines, romance, action and a good laugh. This story has it all! A fabulous read, Sweet Vemon gets 4 stars!

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1 comment:

  1. I found this one interesting ... I'm not sure that I connected very much to the characters or story though.