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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Review: Sweet Venom

     Sweet Venom
Title: Sweet Venom
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Medusa Girls #1
Pages: 384
Publisher: Templar
Release Date: Released
Source: For Review
Rating: 4 stars
100 Book challenge: #83

Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates.

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, 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. . . .

Like all of Tera Lynn Childs' novels, Sweet Venom is a lighter, more fun side to  paranormal YA. And best of all there isn't the whole paranormal romance cliche that is in pretty much every paranormal novel these days. 

Childs' writing is fresh and easy to read. Sweet Venom was a quick read and very easy to follow. The alternating chapters between the three girls gave an extra depth and really allows the reader to get to know each girl personally. 

Grace was my favourite of the three, probably as I can relate most to her. Gretchen took a little time to warm up to and Greer, well to be honest took a long while to warm up to. The character development of all three characters was very clear and I really enjoyed seeing that.

I really enjoyed the use of Greek mythology and loved the take of Medusa. The book, overall, is a big mystery and there is still a lot left unsaid at the end of Sweet Venom and will definitely need to pick up the sequel. 

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