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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The first book I ever read by Tera Lynn Childs was Forgive My Fins, which was the first of her mermaid series. I also read the second book, and I'm now waiting on the third book to be released. But after loving the writing of the first two mermaid books, I decided to check out her new series, The Medusa Girls. Well, Sweet Venom is the first book in this new series.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.
What I Liked: 1) I generally love anything that has to do with mythology. But this one was just such a fresh concept, new characters, new ideas and new twists that it was a completely new and unique experience. 2) Something for everyone. Okay, not something, as much as someone. There are three MCs in this book, the three sisters. And they all have such different personalities that I can't imagine anyone not being able to find someone to relate to. They are well-developed with unique personalities, so you never have to wonder who is speaking. Their personalities shine through not only in their dialogue but in their actions, so it was really easy to connect and get involved with their story. 3) There is a lot of fun, monster-killing action in this book. I don't read a whole lot of books with monster-killing. Or, if I do, they are all so different that I never think of them as being the same. But the action in this one is taken lightly, almost comically. Almost like these girls are superheros! Which I suppose they kind of are. 4) Fluffy! That may not sound like a compliment, but lighter books are super important to me. Especially one like this, because it is able to make you think, but doesn't leave you searching for deeper meanings. They are completely fun and exciting from the very first page, which is exactly how I'd describe Sweet Venom. 5) The way it ended. I'm not going to say anything else about it, cause I'm mean like that, but talk about getting ramped up for the next book!!

What I Didn't Like: Nada!

Overall thoughts: Sweet Venom is a must-read for anyone with an interest in mythology. Miz Childs has written a unique, engaging story with some kick butt characters that will drag you along with them as they battle monsters! It's a light with some great comedic timing and enough action to keep anyone interested. I'm a self-professed fan of Tera Lynn, and am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!

My Rating: 5 shots

Don't forget to enter in the two giveaways that are going on right now. And because this one was rated 5 shots, it's been added to the options of the Birthday Giveaway! Cheers and Happy Reading!


  1. I have been wanting to read this book, but I had not really heard much about it. After reading your review I will most definitely try to read it sometime soon.

  2. I've been enjoying the mermaid series, so I'm definitely planning on reading this one at some point. I'm not the biggest fan of mythology, but I like the author enough that I'll read it anyway :)
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  3. Sweet Venom is a great read filled with action and TLC's usual wit and twist on mythological lingo turned slang. So set the Athena bashing propaganda aside, these triplets are putting a new slant on the snake-haired monster Medusa, and making her look good with a modern day legacy that will keep you reading.


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