Friday, October 7, 2011

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

(Don't you just love this cover?!) 

**** From HarperTeen:

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.

The story is simple enough, three young girls, each adopted as children.  Each into very different families.  Fate brings them back together, the latest guardians, protecting humans from the creatures of myth.  For me, there were six main characters, the girls, Gretchen, Grace and Greer.  The boys (of course we have to mention the boys!) Nick, Milo and Thane.  Nick is a new student at Gretchen's school and he is full of cocky swagger and fun.  Thane is Grace's adopted brother and is the strong, silent type.  Then there's Milo.  I'm not really sure what to think of Milo yet, but he seems sweet (those are always the most dangerous)...

I have read almost everything Tera Lynn Childs has written (she has two self-published chic lit books I haven't gotten to yet). Sweet Venom marks my 5th TLC book and it is her best yet. Sweet Venom is fun, action-packed and chock-full of intrigue. The story ended with a bang and left me wanting more!  I thought it was a little bit Greek mythology and a little bit Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  And seriously can you have too much of either? 

Book two, Sweet Shadows is due out in 2012 (I'm guessing in the fall, but if anyone at Katherine Tegen Books/HarperTeen is reading, I would be grateful if you could get it out earlier, please). 


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