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Sweet Shadows (Sweet Venom Series #2)

Sweet Shadows (Sweet Venom Series #2)

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by Tera Lynn Childs

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The action-packed second book of Tera Lynn Childs's Greek mythology–based Sweet Venom trilogy is perfect for teen fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.

Three teenage descendants of Medusa must figure out where their fate will take them. The warring factions among the gods of Olympus are coming for them, the creatures of the abyss are pushing into San


The action-packed second book of Tera Lynn Childs's Greek mythology–based Sweet Venom trilogy is perfect for teen fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.

Three teenage descendants of Medusa must figure out where their fate will take them. The warring factions among the gods of Olympus are coming for them, the creatures of the abyss are pushing into San Francisco, and the boys in their lives are hiding dangerous secrets.

Gretchen has fought the monsters the longest, but teaching the girls the ropes is hard. Can she rely on Grace and Greer, or even trust herself to keep them safe? Greer has pressing social commitments and little time to train her newfound powers. But her second sight won't leave her alone. Grace is worried about her brother, Thane, who has disappeared. His secrets might have to do with the heritage the triplets share.

How can the girls embrace the shadows of their legacy?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jonathan Ryder
Gretchen, Greer, and Grace share a deep, dark secret. Until recently, they were living separate lives, unaware of each other's existence. Now they have discovered that they are identical triplets, separated at birth, who are descendents of the Gorgon Medusa. Their job is quite simple: keep monsters from escaping the Abyss and wreaking havoc on the human world. What is not so simple is that the number of escapes is increasing, along with troubling news that some of these monsters do not just want freedom—they want the sisters dead. Childs's style is readable and engaging. The action is fast paced and keeps the reader's attention throughout. Each chapter is narrated by a different sister, allowing the reader to see the action from various perspectives. The sisters themselves are distinctly different, as befits their vastly different upbringings and powers; at times, however, the sisters appear to be archetypes rather than fully fleshed-out characters. The book itself touches on themes of preservation of "normal" lives in the midst of drastic changes, as well as themes of friendship, trust, betrayal, and family. Fans of mythological series like Percy Jackson and the Olympians will enjoy this. Reviewer: Jonathan Ryder
Kirkus Reviews
This second book in a planned trilogy about three sisters descended from Medusa brings Greek mythological monsters to the modern world. Gretchen, Greer and Grace learn that they are the key generation that must either seal or unseal the portal to the abyss, perhaps unleashing upon the world monsters that have been kept in abeyance since the original Medusa's death. Triplets who were adopted into wildly different families, at age 16 they have come into their powers. Gretchen has the most experience in fighting monsters and tries to train her sisters, but attacks from the underworld keep getting in the way. While much depends on knowledge from the previous installment (Sweet Venom, 2011), this sequel explains enough for new readers to follow the story, especially when the action picks up as Gretchen enters a mythological realm. Childs clearly has good fun with her monsters; she takes most from Greek mythology but throws in a few sympathetic beasts, such as Harold, the friendly, giant-spider school janitor. The three sisters share the narration in successive chapters, and although their personalities appear quite different, each speaks with a similar voice, so readers will need to note the names heading each chapter. The author finds plenty of material in the myths yet keeps her tone light enough and her main characters contemporary enough to please her target audience of teens just moving on from Percy Jackson. Entertaining. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Gretchen, Greer, and Grace are triplets who have just met. Separated at birth, they are only now, in their late teens, discovering their family: the Gorgons of Greek myth. They are descendants of the misunderstood Medusa and are meant to be monster hunters. But they have enemies among the Greek pantheon, so they must fight not only monsters, but also powerful supernatural gods who want them to die before they can fulfill their destiny. They also have to figure out what that destiny is. Although this book picks up immediately where Sweet Venom (HarperCollins, 2011) left off, the girls are still getting to know one another, and they are still trying to figure out their powers. There are several boys involved-Grace's mysterious big brother, Thane; nice-guy Milo; and Nick, who is obviously more than he seems. But crushes and romance never take the spotlight away from the girls' actions and intentions. Childs writes with enthusiasm and tenderness for her triplets. The book is mysterious and has plenty of action and sympathetic characters. Fighting, crushes, superpowers, finding long-lost siblings, and Greek mythology-what's not to enjoy? Early fans of Percy Jackson are now in their late teens, and this mix of action, romance, and bildungsroman may be just what the doctor ordered.—Geri Diorio, Ridgefield Library, CT

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Sweet Venom Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)
HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet 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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Sweet Shadows 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series so far. All of the twists and turns are thrilling! I just cant wait for the third book!
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) I like the three sisters. As they started to get to know each other in Sweet Venom you could see relationships begin to develop, but throughout Sweet Shadows their relationship becomes more cemented, and they begin to care for each other as sisters, instead of strangers who happen to look alike. 2) Um, there was a unicorn in this book. I don't know that I have ever encountered a unicorn in another book other than Harry Potter. But this one talked and wasn't being eaten by Voldy. How cool is that!? Did there need to be a unicorn? Probably not. Did it add to the sheer awesomeness? Yes. 3) The time spent in the Abyss - this was a whole new setting for us as Gretchen dove head first into the unknown to save Nick. I wasn't expecting where that storyline went, but I'm interested to see where it picks up again in the next book. 5) There's something about Thane...Grace's mysterious older brother who has been mentioned repeatedly in these books finally makes an appearance near the end of Sweet Shadows. And there is something about him that I can't quite figure out. Just as we are beginning to make sense of things, Miz Childs has thrown even more mystery at us. What I Didn't Like: I was surprised to find that it took a little time for me to feel invested in this story. For how much I loved the first book, this one was a little flat, particularly in the beginning. I was seriously worried that it was going to become a "Second Book Trap," just filling fodder until we can get to book three. But finally about a fourth of the way in, something clicked, and I started to get into it. Overall Thoughts: After a bit of a rocky start, Sweet Shadows sunk into the story and started pulling the characters together. There was so much going on for the three sisters that it seemed almost crazy that anyone could keep up with all of it. But with the addition of some new and mysterious characters, plus a completely new setting (where I'm betting we'll visit again in book 3), and a more stable sistership, Sweet Shadows became a fun addition to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got lost in the first book of the series and can't wait to get lost in the last. So amazingly well written! Will read everything by Terra Lynn Childs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series so far. Can't wait for book 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totaly awsome must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absoulutly awesome!!!!
philhaynes83 More than 1 year ago
Loved the series, can't wait for Book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not believe the next book won't be out until fall. It is going to be a long year! Loved the first 2 books. Read them both in 2 days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for three
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems good. Love how she bases it on greek mythology a little!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loged this book but i now absolutly need the third!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the best book ever!!!! Cant wait for book 3!!!!!!
Nickyrian More than 1 year ago
I am fond of reading novels that evolve Greek Mythology, especially if authors write the story real well. I borrowed this ARC from a friend who attended the book event in Chicago. I couldn't wait for the release of this book in September. I was so anxious to find out the answers to the mysteries that Ms. Tera had left unanswered in the first book. Well, this book picked up from where it ended in Sweet Venom. Still narrated by Greer, Grace, and Gretchen. The triplets had finally agreed to battle the monsters and established their roles as guardians when their kins were being abducted by either the monster in the abyss or the Gods in Olympus. The monsters wanted the gate be opened forever while the Greek Gods opposed the idea. The key generation was the balance of the two realms in war. As usual, the Gods were still in conflict with one another--like what happened in Trojan war (Athena and Hera siding Achilles, and Zeus and Apollo aiding Hector). Same in this book, but the author kept the suspense of whose Gods were aiding the monsters and plotting to kill the gate keepers to prevent the seal from breaking. Nick had more appearance in this second installment since he's Gretchen's love interest. But my attention was caught by the potential romance of Greer and Thane as if they're fated to one another. I can't wait for the third book. Sadly, I have to wait until next year. :-(
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Great stoy! The book started exactly where the last ended, which of coarse I loved.Grace,Gretchen,and Greer are amazing individuals,and strong sisters. I love how these sisters show it is possible to work with one another.In a journy of myth,and monsters,well let's say it is enough to give you a thrill. I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an adventure basing on greek mythology,magic,monsters,and strong female roles. Note this book does have mild violence.
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The books keep you guessing and love how each one ends making you wanting to read more!
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