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Sweet Venom (Sweet Sixteen) Hardcover – September 6, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 194 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Sweet Venom Series

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About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of several books for teens, including the first two books in the Sweet Venom series, the mermaid romances Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever, and Just for Fins, as well as another mythology-inspired series, including Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp. Although Tera always dreamed of discovering a secret twin (or triplet), she is sad to report she remains an only child.

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Product Details

  • Series: Sweet Sixteen (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062001817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062001818
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By AJ VINE VOICE on 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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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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When it comes to reading I have fall back books for those times where I don't want to read, those are vampires...and mythology. So since I've been in a slump I decided it was time for another mythology read to help me through a readathon.

Sweet Venom is a rather neat spin on the the tale of Medusa and her sisters, and when it comes to adding to a myth this one certainly did it in a way I didn't quite expect. I really appreciate when mythology is given a cool little twist and especially when the author takes the time to add some depth to the story, which is what Childs does here. There are a lot of monsters, some familiar to the lore and others a little weirder, and some really cool fights. I love that the sisters are responsible for keeping the monsters at bay while the rest of the world keeps moving on without any clue. However, the whole plot centers around what basically amounts to a series set up, which brought the whole novel down for me. We do get to find out a bit of what's going on and why the three sisters are so important, but you never really get to the actual point of the novel. They never really tackle the main issue at hand and they don't really know who is behind all the bad things that occur, so it's a bit of a let down that I have to wait to read the next book to see what's really going on. However it does show the budding relationship between the three sisters who have never met each other before and how they deal with monsters.

We are introduced to Gretchen first in a rather fast hitting first chapter where she takes on a monster by herself and brings it down. I think at that point I knew right away that she would be my favorite of the three sisters.
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