Book Review: Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1) by Tera Lynn Childs

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Publisher: Harper Collins Children Books

Release date: September 6, 2011

Rating: 4.5 stars – REALLY LIKED IT!

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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. — Goodreads


I’ve been reading this book over the past few weeks because 1) life has been hectic and 2) I’ve been negligent. But the times that I could read it were when I couldn’t sleep (which kept my mind off of strees) and at work (when I was on break or lunch). The many times that I did stop and read this book…well…it kept me enthralled. It was fun and sassy with a mythological twist of monsters freely roaming the streets of San Francisco.

I absolutely loved the beginning where Tera puts the audience right in the middle of the action with Gretchen (one of her main protagonist) fighting some beasties. We learn from Gretchen that she is a direct decedent from Medusa, destined to send back the mythological creatures that escaped from their world to ours.

But that is far from what the story is about. There are also Grace and Greer (the two other protagonists in the novel) who are thrust into this world that Gretchen has been living in ever since she was a little. As the story progresses, their attempts at monster hunting and fighting were a little haphazard and clumsy, but it made the story that much more gripping, as well as humorous.

The story is written in three  first person perspectives. For having the story told from three different point of views, Tera Lynn Childs does a PHENOMENAL job. I cannot express how developed her voice seeped through the pages. Wait, sorry. THREE VOICES. Gretchen, Grace, and Greer couldn’t be any more different from each other, and yet Childs makes it so. Gretchen is tough and sassy. Grace is good and sweet. Greer is haughty and entitled. They are who they are for a very long time until they start to change as the story progresses with arduous obstacles, startling discoveries, and danger lurking at every corner.  Character development is something that we (as readers) look forward to and it was definitely something that I loved about this novel.

By the end of Sweet Venom, I was practically reading the story at a super sonic speed. The ending completely left me wanting MOREE. There were so many things that were left unresolved, but at the same time there were some tied knots – like Grace’s partial-sorta-love interest. Sorry! I’m a hopeless romantic and I was happy as a clam when she…well….*zips lips*

I really enjoyed this novel and I am looking forward to sitting down and reading the sequel, Sweet Shadows, soon! Sweet Venom is a great new YA series that is sure to not disappoint it’s readers. It’s a perfect sassy-action adventure with a mythological twist that will have you HOOKED!

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  1. Should probably pick up this book when I have time 🙂 You had me at the cover! Gosh, I’m such a cover whore! ahah

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