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Sweet Venom (Sweet Sixteen) Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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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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I basically adored Sweet Venom. It was a super quick, engaging, and just fun read! The author also did a great job of giving each of the girls their own, distinct voice. So even though the chapters are labeled, it was always clear who was telling the story. Also, we don't meet Greer until nearly two-thirds in, and her voice is very different than her sisters'! The story is very focused on these girls reuniting and finding that sisterly bond that they've never had before. There is some romance going on, but it's super minor and I loved how each of the triplets handle their guys quite differently.
My only kind of issue with Sweet Venom was the use of the "No one understands it, so it is what it is" explanation. That's really lazy to me, and a cop out for actually coming up with an explanation. Everything else about the world was clear and interesting, which was mainly a lot about how us humans got the mythology wrong. But why Gretchen, Grace, and Greer's venom is able to send the monsters back home was just glossed over with that excuse. I was wondering how it worked, and then Gretchen gave that non-explanation and I got a bit annoyed. Either skip over it, and let readers' assume that answer is coming later, or make something up! We won't know the difference!
Other than that one thing, I really enjoyed Sweet Venom. It just made me feel good to read it, and I laughed out loud in places. I liked each of the girls, and they felt different without falling too much into stereotypes (Greer did a bit, but I believe her!). I also just really liked the change from a couple out to save the world, to a group of siblings! Especially triplets!
The world needs saviors, even if they don’t know it. In Sweet Venom, we learn that there are creators from a different dimension that filter through a small hole, which at one time Medusa guarded. These creators look human to other humans, although the guardian perceives their real form. Humans would describe creators as nasty, sometimes smelly, creatures. The guardian’s job is to send those beasties back to where they came from.
There are a bunch of twists and turns throughout, Sweet Venom, which makes describing the premise difficult. Just know that there are aspects of the story that were unpredictable, however, a vast majority of this story was exactly that—predictable.
In addition, there are errors throughout the book, such as missing words and grammar. I found the slow pace and repetitiveness frustrating.
Many times, I thought, Get on with it! I’ve heard this several times, I got it, and move on already.
I downloaded Sweet Venom during a Kindle Free Promotion. Although, I find out that this book is selling between eight and nine dollars! Even though this was a full novel with over 300 pages, it is a YA book, and extremely overpriced. The other two books in this trilogy are, in my opinion, overpriced as well.
Sweet Venom was an okay book, but not worth paying that much. Most books that size, which include a professional edit, are between three and four dollars.
Gretchen is the huntress. It's all she's really known for four years. She's accepted it as her future and works hard to make sure monsters don't roam free for too long. Grace is new to town, looking to make herself different with this new move. She starts seeing monsters and her world gets thrown a little off-kilter. Greer saw a monster once, but years of therapy have molded her into the perfect daughter her socialite parents want her to be.
When these three girls discovery their connection, the world starts to change. The rules Gretchen has known and followed begin to change. Grace starts to get a backbone. Greer has a chance to be something more than a rich family's daughter. Gretchen and Greer have the hardest time with these changes. They live their lives how they were, when they knew what to expect and what to do. Grace has the easiest time embracing the truth. This is the change she was looking for.
Sweet Venom is a beautiful book that brings mythology into the modern world. It has the stories of three very different girls interwoven in a clear way and it doesn't overwhelm with details and backstory. Childs could easily have had a bit of a mess on her hands, but she wrote this book so well that I never once felt the 3 different points of view was a bad idea. Childs got the stories of all three girls across without losing the main plot of the novel.
The boys in this book are pretty swoon-worthy as well. Nick enjoys getting under Gretchen's skin and Milo is the sweet jock everyone couldn't help but love in high school. They weren't a huge part of this first book, but they were in the novel enough to make me smile. I'm looking forward to reading more of these relationships' development.
Sweet Venom is a novel that could have gone in the opposite direction and been a bit of a mess. Childs worked some sort of magic and kept it entertaining, flowing, and wonderful. This is definitely a book for anyone who likes a touch of mythology in their novels. It was a great read and I'm certainly going to be reading the next book.