What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs

I will pretty much always pick up a book written by Tera Lynn Childs, because I enjoy the lighthearedness I always find in her stories. Sweet Shadows is the second books of her Medusa Girls series. You can check out my review of the first book, Sweet Venom, here. So it was a given that I was going to read Sweet Shadows.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Three teenage descendants of Medusa, now united, must claim their heritage to fight the monsters escaped from the abyss. Gretchen may have known she was a descendant of Medusa long before her sisters--after all, she's spent her life fighting the monsters that escape the abyss--but that doesn't mean it will be easy to teach the other girls the ropes. Greer has pressing social commitments on her plate and precious little time to train in her newfound powers. But that wretched second sight won't leave her alone, and her fabled heritage seems to be creeping into her fashionable life. Grace has worries closer to home--like why her brother, Thane, has disappeared. He's hiding something. Could it possibly be related to the secret heritage the triplets share?

What I Liked: 1) I like the three sisters. As they started to get to know each other in Sweet Venom you could see relationships begin to develop, but throughout Sweet Shadows their relationship becomes more cemented, and they begin to care for each other as sisters, instead of strangers who happen to look alike. 2) Um, there was a unicorn in this book. I don't know that I have ever encountered a unicorn in another book other than Harry Potter. But this one talked and wasn't being eaten by Voldy. How cool is that!? Did there need to be a unicorn? Probably not. Did it add to the sheer awesomeness? Yes. 3) The time spent in the Abyss - this was a whole new setting for us as Gretchen dove head first into the unknown to save Nick. I wasn't expecting where that storyline went, but I'm interested to see where it picks up again in the next book. 5) There's something about Thane...Grace's mysterious older brother who has been mentioned repeatedly in these books finally makes an appearance near the end of Sweet Shadows. And there is something about him that I can't quite figure out. Just as we are beginning to make sense of things, Miz Childs has thrown even more mystery at us.

What I Didn't Like: I was surprised to find that it took a little time for me to feel invested in this story. For how much I loved the first book, this one was a little flat, particularly in the beginning. I was seriously worried that it was going to become a "Second Book Trap," just filling fodder until we can get to book three. But finally about a fourth of the way in, something clicked, and I started to get into it.

Overall Thoughts: After a bit of a rocky start, Sweet Shadows sunk into the story and started pulling the characters together. There was so much going on for the three sisters that it seemed almost crazy that anyone could keep up with all of it. But with the addition of some new and mysterious characters, plus a completely new setting (where I'm betting we'll visit again in book 3), and a more stable sistership, Sweet Shadows became a fun addition to the series.

My Rating: 4 shots

6 comments:

  1. I loved the unicorn too. And it talked! Definitely a plus. I thought it was a decent second installment. Didn't feel like it was completely just a filler until the final show down type read. Great review.

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    1. Thanks! I love anything with a unicorn. Unless Voldemort is eating it, right? I think the next book will definitely be better!

      Courtney

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  2. I really need to start this series. It sounds really good and I love her other books.

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    1. It is a lot of fun - a little darker than her others, but still great!

      Courtney

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  3. I haven't read the first one, but it sounds like a good series. It's too bad it took a little more to get into than the first book, but I'm glad you still enjoyed it.

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    1. This "taking me longer to get into it" seems to be a theme that I've seen occurring recently. I'm beginning to wonder if it's me, more than the books!

      Courtney

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