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Sweet Shadows (Sweet Venom) Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Sweet Venom Series

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This sequel to Sweet Venom (2011) begins with a bang as Greer, Gretchen, and Grace, the triplet descendants of Medusa, escape from Gretchen’s loft moments before it is engulfed in flames, shortly followed by identifying, and then losing, their best possible ally through a portal into the abyss. As the sisters struggle to maintain their previous lives while honing their mythological monster-fighting skills, they seek answers that might resolve their now topsy-turvy lives. The alternating narration maintains a quick pace, developing each girl’s story and balancing the mundane and mythic. Paranormal-romance fans searching for something with a lot of action will be pleasantly cliff-hanged by the conclusion. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth


Childs’s style is readable and engaging….Fans of mythological series like Percy Jackson and the Olympians will enjoy this. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

Entertaining. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Product Details

  • Series: Sweet Venom (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062001833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062001832
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods., Goddess Boot Camp, and Goddess in Time, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever, Just For Fins, and Pretty in Pearls, and a trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She also writes the fun, chick lit romance City Chicks series (Eye Candy, Straight Stalk, and Trying Texas). Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

To learn more about TLC, visit or follower her on Twitter (@teralynnchilds), like her on Facebook (, or read her blog (

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kale on September 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Finding out you're one of a trio is shocking enough, learning that you're a monster hunting descendant of Medusa, is just insane. Needless to say the recently reunited triplets Greer, Grace, and Gretchen have a tough road ahead of them. With clashing personalities and the task of getting Grace and Greer up to speed, training wise, the last thing they need is a difficult rescue. Unfortunately with their mentor pool dwindling quickly the sisters are going to have to trust and rely on each other just as fast, because a war is brewing and both sides want the Key Generation dead.

I love this book. Seriously the only thing I hated was that it had to end and I have to wait another year to find out what happens next. Most of the first book focused on Grace and Gretchen with Greer being introduced toward the end, so having that third voice prominently featured rounded out the story and everything came together beautifully. I think Greer was my favorite sister. I like how Childs has these seemingly same sisters with drastically diverse personalities. I think it's really smart of the author to showcase the differences in each heroine's life and how their families helped to shape the girls. Childs put just as much care into her male character's as well. Milo's cute, Nick is interesting, yet Thane steals the spotlight for the guys. His character is intriguing and a big reason I want that next book now.

The plot was great, readers will get a better understanding of the girls' destiny, get a taste of what they're really up against, and learn that things aren't so black and white when it comes to the fate of the abyss. I love where the series is going. The world building was fantastic. Childs lets us into her abyss as well with her descriptive landscape and creatures.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Oh yes. Pure awesome romance, action and GREEK MYTHOLOGY.

I'm having a really good streak at the moment, there are so many books that I've just fallen in love with. And this, Sweet Shadows was no disappointment. Tera Lynn Childs, you are awesome and I could kiss you right now. <3

Finally our three Medusa divas have met, but that doesn't mean that they're safe. In fact, they are in more danger than ever. When the story begins, it is right after the attack from Sweet Venom. Even so, Ms. Childs did an awfully good job at re-capping me on the previous advents as I read SV at least 4 months back.

Gretchen, Grace and Greer are totally different girls who just look super dooper alike. Sometimes, I got them mixed up, confused about who was talking and all, but when I kept reading, I found that I could easily work it by simply reading the dialogue and the way Ms. Childs structured and planned out each character so precisely. Bravo! I felt more attached to Greer in SS unlike in SV, where she sounded like the average bitchy girl. And yes, she may still have those moments, but she turns out to be a reliable friend and an awesome kung-fu kickass female. Each and everyone of them are strong in their own way.

The thing that made me take off one star was the plot. Don't get me wrong, I was compelled to love it. It incorporated my favourite genre, mythology, and had twists and cryptic messages, however there was one thing that kept bugging me. How've you ever felt like the book seemed too quick when it had so many pages? I felt like that in SS, that it just went too quickly, needed a little more definition in the depth of the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on December 30, 2013
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More greek mythology yummies in this second installment of the Medusa Girls. This one I thought had one issue. Portals opening all over the place. They say in the book that they just open. But, more than once they open where they can kidnap someone without explanation. That is the only issue I really had. Other than that this book was even better than the first one!
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I am going to start by saying most of my original predictions for this book turned out to be true. At the end of Sweet Venom, I knew there was something important about Thane's disappearance. I was right, even if we don't know what his role is yet or not. I have my theory. I also guessed Nick's role head on. Aw yeah, I am awesome.

Yes, this book took a twist that I didn't expect, but it still ended up being pretty predictable. I had such high hopes, which has left me a tiny bit disappointed. Now, don't go thinking that I didn't enjoy this book. I did. It just ended up being a typical second book in a series. Nothing spectacular, but certainly needed to move the story along.

The characters stay the same for the most part. Yes, grumpy loner Gretchen develops a soft spot. That was nice. I liked seeing her become more approachable and human-like. Greer and Grace bond and grow also. Obviously, the three sisters are the focus of the book-- which is a good thing. The jury is still out on my overall feelings toward Nick and Thane.

Tera Lynn Childs does a great job with infusing the mythology in this series. I love how fresh and original it is. The story line of Medusa's descendants being in charge of protecting a magic portal in one-of-a-kind. TLC also subtly weaves other stories from mythology into the subplots and minor characters (we meet a unicorn and a pegasus in this book). There is also a mermaid sighting in the Abyss. Of course, it's a super creepy killer mermaid, but merfolk all the same!

If you are a fan of this series, you'll probably enjoy Sweet Shadows. It's an important piece in the trilogy and certainly needed to understand the plot developments that will occur in Sweet Legacy. Unfortunately, it just didn't knock my socks off.
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