Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs Review

"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."

Sweet Venom has some roots in Greek mythology. There is Greer, whose powers is similar to this book's Medusa. Gretchen and Grace are the other two sisters of Greer. And yes, they are triplets. They are all equally identical. Imagine that. Wouldn't it be so confusing to tell them apart? Well, no. There is the words on the page that help you... Okay, okay. There are other ways of telling them all apart.

Greer is the mean girl. And she is a know-it-all for normal stuff. She keeps thing organized and won't miss an appointment. She probably has tons of speeding tickets because of that. Surprisingly, she doesn't appear until about three quarters of Sweet Venom. Plus, she takes the Greek mythology pretty well for a first-timer. Percy Jackson didn't believe in it even after he fought the minotaur. It was only when he met Medusa when he knew. (Love interest: Kyle).

Gretchen is the type to grit her teeth and keep going. She has great endurance and strength. She cares little and she is a soldier in her own way. Of all three girls, Gretchen is the one to make it through to the end. She rarely responds to jokes and is the most serious of them all. However, she is the most similar to Greer. They are both serious in their fields and sharply-willed. Gretchen may seem to be Bella Swan clumsy at first. You'll soon realize that trait is only a little fitz. (Love interest: Nick, who appears to be more than he claims to be).

Grace is the most naive and innocent of them all. You can think of her as the little sister of the bunch. She is the one making peace instead of war. She is polite and kind whenever her sisters are rude and mean. She is eager and stunningly hungry for socializing. Those kind traits remain to be her best traits. (Love interest: Milo, her brother's best friend).

And who is the most annoying of the triplets? I would say Greer. She is the most annoying. Then Gretchen. Last, Grace.

Sweet Venom is lighthearted and sweet. (Ooo. A bit redundant). It is that type of book that younger teens read. I mean, thirteen or twelve years old. There isn't anything wrong with it. Yet. Besides, I don't think Tera Lynn Childs is the type of author to write racy stuff. (Unlike Leigh Bardugo. Now I want to cry all over again. Those ads all over Goodreads are making me cry). With great Greek mythology allusions (that are a bit shifty), Sweet Venom certainly will get kids interested in the great old myths of the older times.

The writing is a bit annoying. Shifting between three POVs, I swear that I have a little trouble keeping track of all the names. Still, it is logical. And that is what really matters, right?

Rating: Three out of Five

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