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Sweet Venom [Kindle Edition]

Tera Lynn Childs
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



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About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs is an award-winning and best-selling US author of teenage fiction. She holds a degree in Theatre from the University of Colorado and a Masters degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Tera now spends her time blogging and writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages. Her first book with Templar Publishing, the mermaid romance Forgive My Fins, was published in 2011, with the follow-up, Fins are Forever, coming in Spring 2012. Sweet Venom marks the beginning of a fantastic new trilogy from Tera Lynn Childs that is published in America by Harper Collins.

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062001817
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W2YYVI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Imagine teenaged Charmed but with Greek Mythology September 6, 2011
Format:Hardcover
When I hear the word `Medusa' it immediately conjures up the famous Ray Harryhausen snake haired creature from the original Clash of the Titans movie. SWEET VENOM by Tera Lynn Childs' version bears little resemblance. Instead, she imagines teenage monster hunters who are the only ones who can see the mythological beasties that prey on humanity. No snake hair. No serpent bodies. No turning people to stone with a glance. These descendants of Medusa have lethal venom laced fangs, the ability to hypnotize with their eyes, and three powers uniquely theirs.

Gretchen, Grace, and Greer are the three monster hunters who were separated at birth. All three do have very distinct personalities, which I appreciated, but those distinctions all kiss the cliché line more than I would like. Gretchen is the tough and jaded one who has been fighting monsters for years on her own. She's super sarcastic and supremely unimpressed with everything. She took a long time for me to warm up to and is responsible for the less than stellar start in SWEET VENOM. Grace is the sweet, brainy sister. She's big into computers and not so much into sticking up for herself. Greer is the sister we meet towards the end of the book. She's the socialite snob who is more concerned with not ruining her shoes than with the monsters attacking them.

Imagine teenaged Charmed but with Greek Mythology and you get SWEET VENOM. Not all the sisters endeared themselves to me, but the mythological ride was a fun one. I also really liked the guys in this book, two of whom clearly have big secrets they are keeping. In fact, I would have loved to read a whole book just about Grace and her mysterious older brother. Fair warning about the ending.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Took Too Long To Get Interesting... January 12, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I didn't start to really get into this book until about ¾ of the way through, which was disappointing. It's not that the story was lacking or the characters were dull it's just that it lacked excitement for me. I absolutely love love LOVE Grace and Thane. I looked forward to a chapter when I saw it was told from Grace's point of view but Greer absolutely annoyed me (until the very end) and Gretchen was OK. Though, I liked Gretchen's situation with her `love' interest, Nick. Some can say he would be annoying but he also is very motivated to go after what he wants and honestly, you have to respect that.

I'm kind of bummed. Now that I got all into the book and was excited for what was happening, the book ended. Now I have to wait and hope the next book (SWEET SHADOWS) continues with the excitement the book finally delivered.

I love all the Greek Mythology involved in this book and I just know we'll be seeing so much more in the next book to come, and that really gets me bouncy with anticipation. I love the idea of Medusa and the fact that her true story was fabricated and now it's what we all believe. With the opening chapter, when she mentioned she was wearing sunglasses I just assumed it was to prevent her from killing someone accidentally but I like what Tera Lynn Childs did much better.

I feel like the minority who didn't really enjoy this book, which is weird for me. I usually like practically anything you place in front of me. It's not that I hated this, because I didn't...but I just didn't care for it. It's not one I'd pay for to own. Though, I am glad I read it so if you're looking for a fantasy novel that is much different from vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc then you should pick up a copy of this book. If anything, it's a quick read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, engrossing story! October 2, 2011
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Grace's family moves to San Francisco when she gets a full-ride scholarship to the elite prep school, Alpha. She hopes to recreate herself, but has no idea just how much her life is going to change. She is shocked when she sees her first monster - a minotaur. The next day she sees two more while out at a club with her brother and his friend. She is even more amazed when she sees a girl who looks just like her, who fights the monsters. Gretchen, as it turns out, is her sister and Grace - like Gretchen - is descended from a mythological figure whose descendants are charged with defending humans against the monsters.

I really loved this book - it's engaging, the characters are very realistic, and it is very easy to relate to them. The plot, with narration interweaving between each of the sisters, flows smoothly and provides a closer glimpse into their lives. I found myself very intrigued by both Thane - Grace's brother - and Nick - a new student at Gretchen's school. I believe both characters are much more than they seem and will play an integral part in the story to come. I highly suspect there will be additional books in this series and am quite looking forward to following the story as it develops. This is a great mixture of reality and mythology and I think would be classified as magical realism - highly recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Told in alternating voices between the three sisters, Sweet Venom is the beginning of a new series for young adults about triplets Gretchen, Grace and Greer: sixteen-year-old descendents of the misunderstood Gorgon, Medusa, who are destined to spend their lives as huntresses, sending monsters who cross into the human realm to hunt back to where they belong. At the outset of the novel, only Gretchen is aware of her role as a monster hunter. Unaware that she even has a sister, let alone two identical twins, Gretchen encounters Grace, a recent transplant to San Francisco, by chance and is surprised to find that the girl who looks just like her also seems to have the ability to see monsters. It seems that San Francisco, the setting of the novel, is home to a gap between the monster realm and the human realm. Monsters roam the city disguised as humans, and only the three huntresses have the ability to see their true forms and, using their fangs, dispatch the monsters. At first, Grace is excited to meet her twin, but wary of training with the Rambo-like Gretchen to fight minotaurs, draeconas, and other "beasties." When Grace and Gretchen discover they have a third sister, Greer, it seems that they've stumbled upon more than they bargained for about the truth of their heritage and their role in securing the safety of the human realm.

Fans of Greek mythology will relish the first installment of the Medusa Girls trilogy by veteran author Tera Lynn Childs. Full of references to the residents of Mount Olympus (apparently, Athena was jealous of Medusa and fabricated the whole "snake haired killer" scenario), ancient monsters, oracles and more, this novel offers a fun and fresh take on some very old characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
A mythological experience that makes you anticipate the next move. Perfect for people who love mythology and kick-ass girls who face their destiny!
Published 12 days ago by Zoe Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars perfectly passable tale about teenagers who suddenly start seeing...
3.5 stars, actually.

Multiple POV is a tricky thing to juggle, you enrich your cast of characters and solve plot issues about absent main characters knowing about... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kbirdlincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner!
I couldn't put this book down and I'm not usually a "reader". This one is a must read can't wait to read book two in this series.
Published 2 months ago by Natasha Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars What would you do if you discovered you were a descendant of a Greek...
Sweet Venom contains two of my favourite things - the first is Greek Mythology as the stars of the book are descendants of Medusa and they fight off Greek creatures like Minotaurs... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paula L. Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Sweet about this
I was so underwhelmed by this book it was incredibly disappointing. I really wanted to enjoy this book because I absolutely love Greek Mythology and this whole premise seemed... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicole @ Paperback Princess
2.0 out of 5 stars Now impressed
I wasn't that interested in this books as I was in her other ones. Maybe it was the odd characters that all contrasted each other.
Published 3 months ago by Sabrina Marconi
4.0 out of 5 stars Mythology works
When I first started reading, I thought there would be too many stories being told, and the novel would end up being too busy and crowded. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Britt R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Did enjoy this
I liked this, it was pretty interesting. It is a free read and you have nothing to lose when reading this book. Wasn't entirely memorable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alexis
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun premise
A little bit of mystery and suspense, a little bit of action, some romantic and social tension, generally well blended. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Costume geek
4.0 out of 5 stars Kick ass book.
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. Read more
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More About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy (September 3, 2013). She has also epublished two fun chick lit romances, Eye Candy and Straight Stalk. 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/authortlc), or read her blog (teralynnchilds.blogspot.com). Ask her anything at Formspring (formspring.me/teralynnchilds).

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