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Product Details

  • Series: Sweet Venom
  • 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 (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

More About the Author

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 teralynnchilds.com or follower her on Twitter (@teralynnchilds), like her on Facebook (facebook.com/teralynnchilds), or read her blog (teralynnchilds.com/blog).

Customer Reviews

I actually liked the first-person narrative and that it switches between the characters.
The sisters have to stick together to survive and be careful because they will have many road blocks that they will have to overcome.
This book is non stop action and keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very end with some unexpected surprises along the way.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on December 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Courtney @ Fuzzy.Coffee.Books on September 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What I Liked: 1) I like the three sisters. As they started to get to know each other in Sweet Venom you could see relationships begin to develop, but throughout Sweet Shadows their relationship becomes more cemented, and they begin to care for each other as sisters, instead of strangers who happen to look alike. 2) Um, there was a unicorn in this book. I don't know that I have ever encountered a unicorn in another book other than Harry Potter. But this one talked and wasn't being eaten by Voldy. How cool is that!? Did there need to be a unicorn? Probably not. Did it add to the sheer awesomeness? Yes. 3) The time spent in the Abyss - this was a whole new setting for us as Gretchen dove head first into the unknown to save Nick. I wasn't expecting where that storyline went, but I'm interested to see where it picks up again in the next book. 5) There's something about Thane...Grace's mysterious older brother who has been mentioned repeatedly in these books finally makes an appearance near the end of Sweet Shadows. And there is something about him that I can't quite figure out. Just as we are beginning to make sense of things, Miz Childs has thrown even more mystery at us.

What I Didn't Like: I was surprised to find that it took a little time for me to feel invested in this story. For how much I loved the first book, this one was a little flat, particularly in the beginning. I was seriously worried that it was going to become a "Second Book Trap," just filling fodder until we can get to book three. But finally about a fourth of the way in, something clicked, and I started to get into it.

Overall Thoughts: After a bit of a rocky start, Sweet Shadows sunk into the story and started pulling the characters together.
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