- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Sept. 6 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062001817
- ISBN-13: 978-0062001818
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 885 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,490,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sweet Venom Hardcover – Sep 6 2011
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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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I must admit that after having read a few other YA books that reworked Greek mythology this year I was a bit hesitant to read this, primarily because every single one of the other modern-day Greek mythology books that I had read didn't live up to my expectations- I was expecting to be blown away with their creativity, characters, and the likes of, and I wasn't and therefore I assumed that that would also be the case with this book. But it wasn't whatsoever. This book, unlike those others, was really creative, had characters with personalities, and was a book that I literally couldn't put down (while those other books? In all honesty I struggled to finish them).
Each of the girls in the book were so well defined- while reading the book you definitely notice a difference in their voices, Greer had a more sophisticated and refined way of speaking, Grace a more innocent and positive voice, while Gretchen obviously had the 'kick-butt'/ tell-it-like-it-is vibe going on and as such, it was easy to relate to them/ ingrain yourself into their lives. Furthermore, the boys of the book were also extremely well defined and were swoon-worthy- I seriously cannot chose a favourite between Milo, Nick, and Thane!
However, I personally wasn't entirely satisfied with the book. I felt that the ending of the book was somewhat reminiscent of Sophie Jordan's "Firelight"- that the book really ended at the most action-packed/ critical moment. It didn't feel like we got an entire story- with a beginning, middle, and end.
All in all, this book and its characters are definitely going to stick with me for quite some time and despite my complaints, I am excited to see what happens in book 2! Furthermore, after having read this book I now wanna go check out Tera Lynn's other series' "Forgive My Fins", "Oh.My.Gods", and "City Chicks"!
I've been wanting to read a Tera Lynn Childs book for so long now, and I'm so glad that I got the chance to read this one because I absolutely loved it! I love mythology, and I love when authors go all out and take a small element of myth and turn in into a fabulous story of their own, and Tera definitely did that. Medusa isn't a huge part of mythology, and I always felt like she got a bad rap. Before Perseus kills her she's actually raped by Poseidon...but does anyone feel bad for her...no! Instead Athena gets pissed off and curses her with her reptilian hair because said rape happens in one of her temples...isn't that horrible?! Anyways...now that you all know that poor Medusa was a victim...and not really the bad guy that everyone insisted she was, you're in a great mindset for this book...and at the moment, this review. ;P
In Sweet Venom, Gretchen, Grace, and Greer discover that they're all descendants of Medusa, destined to protect our world from the monsters who come through from their dimension. I loved this idea! The idea that Medusa wasn't evil, as I mentioned with her myth before, really appealed to me, and I loved that Tera took her story in a different way and made her someone who was misunderstood rather than the big villain. I loved Grace and Gretchen...Greer was alright, but she was kind of stuck-up...I choose to blame her parents for that though. :P haha I also loved Milo and Nick...cute boys just always make a book better, and I happened to love these two. ;) Grace's brother, Thane was awesome, too! He didn't say much...reminded me of my brother in that way. :P lol
My favourite part of this book was Grace discovering what she was. Her training with Gretchen was awesome, and I loved learning about their different abilities while she did. I also loved getting to see Gretchen be all hardcore, and the way that the relationship between Grace and Gretchen evolved...and once Greer came into the story, their relationship with her too. :D
I thought that Sweet Venom was a fabulous story! It kept me on my toes, and I loved that Tera managed to mix ancient mythology into a current setting, while putting a very welcome twist on the ancient mythology involving Medusa! I think that Sweet Venom is pretty much perfect for anyone! If you don't know mythology I think you'll like it, and if you do, I think you'll love it even more because it offers a welcome new perspective! :D
Seriously...I can't say it enough, go read Sweet Venom, it's fantastic! :D
***I originally received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review, but I also now have a finished copy.
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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.
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. Grace is exactly what you expect from a girl bearing that name, she's rather meek and overall a sweet character. She's the perfect counterpoint to Gretchen's hardness. And then there is Greer...my least favorite of the three but probably the most necessary in some ways. I personally didn't like how controlling she was about everything in her life but when it comes to the other two girls it works perfect. Gretchen is all action and swift decisions, and Grace is not really a leader and rather unsure of herself...so to have Greer be able to fill that role is fantastic. I loved that their personalities varied so much and I really wish I would have been able to see how they work as a true team.
Overall I wish this one had developed more before ending but I did enjoy the world that Childs created, and I really enjoyed the whole twist to the Medusa myth. It's a neat book but I think it needed a bit more in the way of explanation of the true plot.