Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Medusa Girls (#1)
Release Date: Sept 6, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC from Big Honcho

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 in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

Review: I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with mythology and a young adult focus, but what I got was a page turner that kept me interested until the last page.

The book actually begins with Gretchen out on a hunt and the reader is left wondering why such a young girl is out fighting mythical creatures. Then we meet Grace whose (adopted) family has just moved to San Francisco. She’s a bit more normal for a 16-year old… that is until she comes back to face with a minotaur. But meeting Gretchen is even more exciting since it may answer questions about her biological family. Unfortunately for Grace, Gretchen doesn’t really want anything to do with her until they learn of a third sister and a prophecy about the three of them.

This book has it all. There’s a little romance, lots of action (but not too graphic since it is YA), an interesting plot and characters, and a cliffhanger that will make me pick up the sequel as soon as it’s available. I have enjoyed the mythological world that Ms Childs has created and can’t wait to delve into it further. I encourage paranormal YA fans to pick this one up and enjoy!

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