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SWEET VENOM [Kindle Edition]

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Meet Grace, Gretchen and Greer – three teenage descendants of Medusa who must embrace their fates in a world where mythological monsters lurk in plain sight. Grace is new in town. It’s scary, starting over, but it gets scarier when she runs into a minotaur. And scarier still when a girl who looks just like her rocks up to fight it. Gretchen is fed up of fi ghting monsters, especially on school nights. Getting rid of a minotaur is easy, but she never expected to run into her double in the process. Greer is perfection personified. But her world is knocked off its immaculate axis when two identical girls appear on her doorstep and claim they’re all demon-hunting sisters.

About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs is an award-winning and best-selling US author of teenage fiction. She holds a degree in Theatre from the University of Colorado and a Masters degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Tera now spends her time blogging and writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages. Her first book with Templar Publishing, the mermaid romance Forgive My Fins, was published in 2011, with the follow-up, Fins are Forever, coming in Spring 2012. Sweet Venom marks the beginning of a fantastic new trilogy from Tera Lynn Childs that is published in America by Harper Collins.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B006ZUQL1G
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RO64HE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series, Eye Candy and Straight Stalk. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sassy action adventure with mythological twist 17 Nov 2012
I found Sweet Venom to be a fun and sassy read, and I loved the mythological twist of Greek-style monsters roaming the streets of San Francisco. The monsters were creepy, smelly and each very distinct. Tera Lynn Childs did a great job of recreating snarling beasts, and having been trained to send them back to their world, Gretchen was the perfect, feisty monster hunter. Straight away we were thrown into Gretchen's monster fighting life, giving the story instant pace and action. As Grace and Greer became involved in the foray later on, their attempts at sending the monsters back were a little clumsy and haphazard but it made the story feel more dangerous, as well as humorous.

The story is told from the points of view of three sisters: Grace, Gretchen and Greer. Each girl has a very distinct personality and narrative voice making it easy to distinguish whose POV you were reading. I loved Gretchen's fierce and tough attitude, and Grace's sweet and caring nature. Grace was a pushover but I could relate more easily to her, as she struggled to fit in at a new school. As she gained strength throughout the book I was there cheering her on. Greer, who enters the story much later on, was a bit of a snob who won't accept less than the best. She wasn't easy to like to start, but all of the sisters changed and learnt a little over the story and it made them all more admirable for it.

Lots of things started going wrong for Gretchen, with the plot taking unexpected twists and turns. Her mentor Ursula has disappeared and the rules that means only one monster can be in the human world at a time has changed. Straight away there is a sense of danger, and although Gretchen flounders a little, Grace sees everything in a positive life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Venom 6 Jan 2013
I loved this book which was a fun and enjoyable read. I adore stories which weave in elements of classic mythology and Tera Lynn Childs has done such a good job of it here. I was intrigued by the idea of three girls who are the teenage descendants of Medusa and I couldn't wait to find out what their fates were going to be. I ended up taking this with me to read in bed as it was so gripping and engrossing that just reading a few chapters wasn't enough. I stayed up half the night so I could finish it!

The opening chapter from the point of view of Gretchen was fantastic. It hooked me into the story and really whet my appetite for the rest of the book. It kept getting better and better from that moment on with so much fantastic action and adventure.

I thought the three main characters, Gretchen, Greer, were all brilliant. They have distinct and very different personalities but I enjoyed seeing how they were drawn together by a common goal. My absolute favourite was Grace who seems to be the glue that brings the sisters together but I also liked Gretchen who is very sharp and witty and comes out with some of the best lines in the book. She comes across as tough and independent but I enjoyed seeing her mellow slightly as the story progressed. The narrative alternates between them and this worked really well in allowing each girl to establish herself to the reader, as well as tell her part of the story.

There are some intriguing boys in the book too who I'm dying to know more about. There's the enigmatic Thane, the too hot to handle Nick and sweet Milo. I'm betting that there's a lot more to all the boys than originally meets the eye and I'm sure Tera Lynn Childs has plenty of surprises up her sleeve which she'll unveil later in the series.

The ending was explosive and left me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait now for the sequel 'Sweet Shadows' coming in 2013.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of the Charmed sisters! 12 Dec 2012
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There I was quite happily enjoying the Forgive My Fins series by this author, when Templar waved Sweet Venom under my nose. This book lured me in with it's sweet promise of kick ass girls and full on monster hunting and didn't disappoint. I was completely hooked in the story from Chapter 1 and now I have to wait rather impatiently for the second book.
OK, so this book left quite a few questions unanswered and normally that would annoy the hell out of me, but it really didn't with this book. I honestly felt like it was setting the scene for the rest of the series and I was more than happy with that, because I'm seriously hoping for a long series here.
This book brings together three girls who were all adopted into very different families at birth, but it turns out they are triplets. If that isn't amazing enough, they are also descendants of Medusa. I kid you not! I loved this aspect of the story - I really enjoy all books that embrace Greek Mythology and Medusa hasn't turned up in any of them yet. The sisters are each unique in their taste and style and yet they come together when they are needed to. I loved how individual they were, standing out from each other, even though they are identical.
This book is set in San Francisco and I felt the author really brought the place alive. It's one of those places that I have always wanted to visit, so I enjoyed visually creating the image with the wonderful descriptions the author provided.
This book was a fast paced, thrilling ride as the sisters quickly handled their new found information and skills in order to combat the growing number of monsters appearing in San Francisco. They each have their strengths and weaknesses which fit perfectly together like the missing pieces in a jigsaw. The plot was brilliant and completely engaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It!!
I bought this book as a friend recommended it to me and I am so glad she did. It is now one of my favourite books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bethany Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by tina icough
3.0 out of 5 stars Fighting monsters and battling beasties in a fresh YA tale, which is...
Readers of Cassandra Clare (The immortal Instruments) and Percy Jackson series will absolutely love this thrilling teen tale, which incorporates everything from the mythical to the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lucinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed It
I wanted an easy read and got just that. I loved the way the book was split between the sisters. Looking forward to the sequel and follow the girls in their fight against another... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Suzanna John
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. Wanna read more
It's a fab book. Different storyline, characters you love. I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more books from this author
Published 22 months ago by Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
we boughts this as a stocking filler and were very pleased with the price and delivery times.wife was very happy.
Published 22 months ago by R. J. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars A Funny, Action-Packed, Addictive, Awesome and Unique Greek Myth Story...
4½ Out of 5
"You belong to an elite lineage of guardians," she explained. "Destined to hunt down the monsters that escape into our realm and send them back into... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2012 by TheBookAddictedGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Foundation for a new series
I love Greek Mythology and the trend for basing books in the world of Greek tales with a modern twist, while I was desperate to read this book I had it sitting on my kindle for... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2012 by Book Angel Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly light and fun read!
I am a fan of Tera Lynn Childs' Fins series so I was excited to read this. Add the fact it's based around Greek Mythology and Medusa and I was sure I would enjoy it. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2012 by Sammee, I Want To Read That
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