Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: Sweet Venom

Book: Sweet Venom
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 352
Source: KPL
Stars: 5/5
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.

(summary taken from Goodreads

I knew I wanted to read this book because I'm a HUGE Greek mythology junkie, but I didn't expect to love it this much!

Tera Lynn Childs took a well-known myth about a seemingly villainous girl with snakes for hair and turned it into something golden! Sweet Venom was well-written, well-crafted, and well-everything else. I had a blast reading this original portrayal of Medusa and cool mythological beasties.

You'd think it'd be hard to tell the triplets apart since their names were so similar, but it actually wasn't! Each of their first person narratives reflected their distinct personalities enough that I had no trouble at all. (And I adored how they were all brought together for the first time.)

Grace was the sweet, caring, eco-conscious optimist (and admittedly my favourite of the three); Gretchen was the fierce and attitude-driven huntress; and Greer was the slightly snobbish but still completely likable high-class girl. It was cool to see how their different pasts shaped them. I loved each of the sisters, and I loved each of the side characters too! (Especially Thane. Nick and Milo were awesome too!)

Overall, Sweet Venom was a fun and fresh series starter that I would definitely recommend! The quick and action-packed storyline made it so easy to read in one sitting, and the sweet romances kept me doubly entertained. I can't wait until book two comes out! :)

BUY or BORROW?: Greek mythology lover or not, Sweet Venom is a must-read! Buy it!



  1. LOVED this book! This was my first book by TLC and I just adore her writing, she's got such a fun sense of humor. I thought it might be hard to tell the girls' voices apart as well, but I completely agree that it wasn't a problem at all. Awesome review Mimi!

  2. great review and OMG I cant believe I haven read it yet! XDD Need to buy it asap!
    thanks for sharing my dear ^_^ muah!

  3. Grace was my favorite too probably because of her optimism; I kept wanting the sisters to come together and realize that they need each other and that's what Grace wanted too. Great review!

  4. I love your enthusiasm, Mimi! :) Sweet Venom sounds fun, and after a few dark books in a row I think I need something lighter...I do love mythology, too.

  5. I hate when I can't decipher who is who so it's great knowing that you can distinguish between the triplets, though the thought alone still seems very overwhelming.

    I've been wanting to read something by Tera Lynn Childs for a while now, and since mermaids aren't really my thing, this sounds like a better choice for me. Thanks for the review, Mimi.

  6. I've been looking forward to this one so I'm thrilled to read this great review! :)

  7. Oh I really need to read this one ! (Yes I know it always like that !). You always read the book I want to read, it's impressive ! And I really love the greek mythology so It must be a book for me ! Great review

  8. Ahh, I still haven't read this yet! It sounds amazing. Great review. :)

  9. Uhhhh I don't remember Thane BAHAHAH. I loved this book though! It's so gooood!!! <3

  10. OMG dear are you serious? a spin-off series with Meghan's little brother? HOLY COW IM IN!! Oh yeah! I want that! holy hell yeah!! thanks you so much for letting me know about it! I had no idea =9 woooohooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    muah! ^.^

  11. This book sounds absolutely amazing! I'm a total Greek mythology junkie too :D

    Great review like always, Mimi :)

  12. Well then, it's settled; I shall buy it. ;) Lol! I love Greek Mythology too and I definitely want to read this one. I'm super curious about it and even more now. As always, great review! It definitely sounds like a book I'd enjoy. :)

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