Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 352pp
Age Range: 12 and up
Source: Publisher (ARC)
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.
SWEET VENOM is filled with mythical allure and a kick-ass cast of heroines. Told in alternating vantage points between the three descendants of Medusa, I got a first hand encounter of the different backgrounds the girls came from and how their personalities varied. Gretchen, super strong and a loner, is my favorite of the three. She's had it rough and she came from the worst home out of the three. And because of her adversity, I instantly gravitated towards her and how she overcame her past to fight for the good of human kind. I love how the three compliment each other. Grace is all geeky and happy dory while Greer is the rich and poplar ice queen. I enjoyed getting to know the sisters.
The sisters, being guardians of this realm have a destiny to fulfill and everything's not cut and dry as it seems. There are a lot of things that the girls are still learning about themselves and their legacy as they try to get over the shock that they are triplets and the continuous showdowns with the creatures that keep popping up all of a sudden. I really enjoyed the spin on Medusa and her descendants.
With a bang of an ending, I'm looking forward to the next installment. There are so many things that the girls must figure out about their legacy and how it all ties into the now. Plus, I can't wait to find out more about the guys in their lives. I know there's a mystery behind that and I can't wait to get some light shed on it. Overall, this book is an absolutely entertaining start to a new series.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars