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Sweet Legacy (Sweet Venom) Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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Gr 7–10—Triplets Gretchen, Grace, and Greer are the teenage descendants of the gorgon Medusa. They must locate and guard the gateway to the Abyss, protecting Earth from the monsters that would otherwise overrun it. Some of the gods of Greek mythology are lined up against them, while others lend them support. Before the sisters look for the gateway, they must rescue Euryale and Sthenno, Medusa's sisters, who can mentor them as they learn to wield their powers. They also plan to seek out their biological mother who gave them up for adoption as babies. Will she be able to answer their many questions? This book concludes the "Sweet Venom" trilogy with an action-packed climax and triumphant resolution for the three girls, their families, and their boyfriends. Character development is not a strong point, but readers looking for plenty of action and a new take on mythology will enjoy this series. Purchase this volume where the first two books have proven popular, as readers unfamiliar with the series will find this a confusing place to start.—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH
Grace, Gretchen, and Greer are descendants of the gorgon Medusa, tasked with protecting humankind from the monsters of Abyssos. With most of the Greek pantheon arrayed against them on one side and Abyssos’ deadlier monsters lurking hungrily on the other, the time for fulfilling their destiny is running out. Reminiscent of the television series Charmed, this trilogy ender keeps the first-person, alternating chapter format of Sweet Venom (2011) and Sweet Shadows (2012) while neatly resolving threads developed throughout the trilogy. Equal parts relationship building and monster wrangling, this is a sweet treat that is all the tastier after enjoying the other two first. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch
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Greer gets a better grip on her ability of second sight once she manages to break the link with Apollo that lets him know where she is and what she is doing. Since he's one of the gods who don't want the girls to succeed, this is vital to the success of their mission.
Gretchen learns that monsters are not all bad as she makes friends with some while she is in Abyssos trying to rescue her boyfriend and her mentors. Grace finds her confidence and her courage as she searches for the girls' birth mother and faces other tests.
After they manage to unravel the riddle left by the oracle and find where the door is hidden, they have to gather their allies before facing a big battle.
The story was action-packed and filled with adventure. It was also a great story about family especially the kind of family you make. I liked the way the sisters respected each other's strengths and the way they meshed given that they were just getting to know each other.
I recommend this book and this series to fans of mythology and urban fantasy.
Greer, Gretchen, and Grace must seek out the lost door between the realms and make a choice. They can close the door forever and wipe out all of Hell’s creatures or they can open it and allow some of the monsters out into our world in a controlled way. Either choice they make they will be hounded by the monsters of Hell and the Gods of Olympus.
This book is Greer’s book, she must learn how to harness the power of her sight both to help the girls rescue their ancestors and to find the lost door. So we hear a lot from her perspective and a lot of the book focuses on Greer using her sight.
The book still switches perspective between Gretchen, Greer and Grace. The story is a bit scattered because it jumps between the three sisters. I still had some trouble with all of the sisters sounding the same to me from chapter to chapter, I often had to go back to the beginning of the chapter and remind myself which sister I was actually reading about.
Gretchen is definitely a go-getter, Greer is used to the fine things in life and very driven, Grace is a bit more goody two shoes and nerdy...but in this book they are all fighters and they all are dealing with similar things and I just felt that their voices sounded very much the same. I was disappointed that Childs wasn’t able to give them solid and distinct voices that separated them from one another a bit better.
All the girls boyfriends are in here as well. As started in the previous book Greer has paired up with Thane (Grace’s adoptive brother), Grace is still hanging out with Milo, and Gretchen is trying her best to forgive Nick. Thane has a very interesting past and back story that is revealed here. The Gorgon sisters also play a large part in the story and it was fun to have them in the story as well.
There is a lot of cool mythology in this book and I really enjoyed that. The plot comes together in a way that works well and is interesting. The book is written in a way that is easy to read, even if there isn’t anything particularly special or spectacular about the writing style.
I was a bit disappointed that things were pretty rushed at the end of the book and that things were left fairly open ended. I think this is supposed to be the last book in this trilogy, but there are still many threads to the story that were left open.
Overall an okay conclusion to this series but it could have been better. I enjoyed the mythology and Thane’s back story and there are a lot of good action scenes. However, I had trouble distinguishing the sister’s voices from each other and I felt that the ending was rushed and not all that well resolved. I would tentatively recommend this series to those who are interested in mythology based young adult paranormal. This series does not even come close to being as good as the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, however it is an interesting mythology based young adult series.
There is so much growth of character, revealing of deep and haunting secrets, sacrifice, fighting, love... and I liked how when it came to the love part, it didn't bash you over the head like Harry Potter did. Sure, yes, it shows the strengths and forgiveness of love, but it isn't preachy nor in every sentence that "love will save you...."
I'm excited to go back and read the trilogy all together, keeping everything fresh in my mind. Childs does a great job of not regurgitating previous information that does nothing but fill pages, but she gives a sentence or less (a character's reaction, for example) to refresh the reader's memory. Good writing.
Of course, with so many characters involved and it all being mythology based, there's a lot of information that isn't given and I'm curious (Greek mythos geek I am) how bits would fit into the story, and why certain gods are on the side they've chosen.
The series could easily expand, but it doesn't have to. The books were great and Sweet Legacy really did seem to be the right way for things to end.
for now ;)
.... hey I can hope!
As much as I enjoy the girls and their interactions, strengths, vulnerabilities, Sillius was always making me smile.