Thursday, January 5, 2012
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
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 thought this was an excellent, fast read and an unexpectedly short book. Then I took a moment to actually note the number: 345 pages? What? That’s not a short book! Then why did it feel as though only a short amount of time had passed from front cover to back? Because I INHALED this story. My poor, visiting family - here to spend time with me during the holidays, and once I began Sweet Venom, they completely had to fend for themselves. Sorry, Mom and Dad, but …MEDUSA!!!
I loved the sister aspect of this story. From personal experience, I don’t hold “sisters” in high regard, but I loved these sisters (and simultaneously prayed that, due to my own personal experiences, I won’t have any long lost sisters showing up on my doorstep…but I digress). These sisters are the descendents of Medusa, I mean, come on…how cool is that? I adored Gretchen and Grace. Especially Gretchen - her story was so intriguing, and she is incredibly strong, while still being likeable and engaging:
“Kevlar wrist cuffs in place, smoke bombs in left cargo pocket, zip ties in the right, and my handy-dandy, military-grade, metal detector-defying, twin APS daggers snug in their sheaths and hidden inside my steel-toe Doc Martens. Nothing like a well-stocked pair of black cargoes to make me feel girly.”
“For the first time, I want to let people in. I didn't want to hang up on Nick. I had to. Because, for the first time, I wanted to say yes.”
I will have to warm a bit towards Greer, but her addition to the story was wonderful, and I can definitely appreciate her love/obsession with shoes. Sigh…jealous.
Mythology is so fascinating, and I’ve always loved reading about Medusa, but never more than I have in this book! What a brilliant twist!! I thoroughly enjoyed all the mythical beasties and the detail the author provided. I enjoyed even more the tough-as-nails heroines and the way they handled those beasties. The gifts these girls have are so extremely imaginative and refreshing. These are some pretty remarkable powers to possess. That, and everything else Tera created, is a breath of fresh air.
I’m quite fond of reading from different POV’s and was surprised at how easily they flowed. Kudos to Tera Lynn Childs for handling them in such a superb way.
The cover is just so appealing - it really drew me to the story. Not just the cover though, I thought the chapter pages were beautiful with their gorgeous swirls. Love that book eye-candy!
What an ending! It was incredible and action-packed, but I was in no way ready to stop reading there. I needed 345 more pages!!! I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I’m dying to know more about quiet Thane, charming Nick and “holy goalie” Milo! I admit Thane has me the most intrigued with his strong, silent ways and his alluring demeanor.
“Thane has such an expressive face; he always manages to say more without words than most people do with an entire monologue.”
“No matter how mad Thane is at me, he would never badmouth me or anyone else in the family. He’s loyal, first and foremost. He could want to strangle me one second, but would still lay down his life for me the next.”
I have some suspicions and can’t wait for Sweet Shadows (Medusa Girls #2) to (hopefully) confirm at least one of them.
Like Mythology? Read Sweet Venom. Don’t like Mythology? I don’t care - read Sweet Venom. It’s a terrific book, fun to read and beautifully written. I’ll be adding more books by Tera Lynn Childs to my TBR immediately.
An ARC of this novel was graciously provided by Jeannette from the Starry Eyed Revue.