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Sweet Venom

Sweet Venom

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by Tera Lynn Childs

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Like Childs's Oh. My. Gods (Dutton, 2008), Sweet Venom takes Greek mythology into the modern day, this time focusing on three teenage descendants of Medusa tasked with protecting humankind from an array of legendary monsters. The story is told in alternating chapters by the 16-year-old girls who soon discover that they are triplets—separated at birth for their own safety—each with the same ability to sense the creatures that are invisible to everyone else and return them to their own realm with a bite from her drop-down-when-needed fangs. First-person narratives reveal each character's unique personality: tough, battle-ready Gretchen, a loner who has been fighting minotaurs and more for several years; Grace, new to San Francisco, a computer geek with a tendency to let people push her around; and Greer, a pretty and popular queen bee with a high-powered future already planned out. It's like mixing apples with oranges and the girls have as much trouble getting along as they do accepting their monster-mashing legacy. Meanwhile, the beastie attacks are on the rise—as is the level of danger—and rumors of a mythological conspiracy abound. The triplets finally come together as a fighting unit by the book's climax, which ends on a cliff-hanger note that suggests a sequel. Fast-paced and fun, filled with snarky dialogue as well as taut battle action, this novel will appeal to mythology devotees as well as fans of light paranormal fiction.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
Smart but timid Grace Whitfield doesn't want to move to San Francisco for her junior year, but a full scholarship to an elite private school is too good to pass up; she hopes it will give her a chance to reinvent herself. Meanwhile, Gretchen Sharp would love to go to school in peace, but her nights are spent fighting mythological beasts that prowl the city, cloaked in glamour and seeking human prey. When Gretchen sees Grace at an all-ages nightclub, she wants to know why there's another girl who looks just like her who can see the monsters, too. Their mysterious connection leads them to a third girl who also shares a strong physical resemblance. As in her Oh. My. Gods. series, Childs mines Greek mythology as the basis for this opening volume of a trilogy, a snappy read with an engaging blend of social angst, budding romance, and rousing fight scenes. Though the male love interests are unmemorable, the perspectives of three very different girls who discover an unbreakable bond add dynamic complexity to the narrative. Ages 13–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Paula Willey
Grace is feeling out of place at her new high school in San Francisco. Newly arrived from a small town, she is hoping to find a friend. Tough Gretchen has no need or desire for friends, and snooty rich girl Greer does not have friends so much as she has acolytes, minions, and social rivals. What do these three have in common? They were adopted, for one thing, and, as it turns out, —they are long-lost triplets. They are not just any triplets, though; they are descendants of a mythological monster slayer. They have a duty and abilities, and there is a prophecy. On top of all that, Grace's GPA is in danger and Greer's Stella McCartney top is going to get mussed. Part Percy Jackson, part Beverly Hills 90210—with an acknowledged debt to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Grace has moved to San Francisco from a small town called Orangevale, where she attended a two-story school with stucco-covered walls)—this is good fun, marred somewhat by writing that hammers home every expressive nuance ("'What are you doing here?' she demands, clearly unhappy to see me."). Male characters are amusingly decorative—entering the action portentously, only to disappear for long stretches with nary a ripple, reappearing (or not) several chapters later. Although they may have some role in later books (this is the first in a planned series), in Sweet Venom they appear to be nothing more than gratuitous romantic interest. This is a not-too-serious paranormal action novel along the lines of Rosemary Clement-Moore's Maggie Quinn, Girl vs. Evil books (Delacorte). Reviewer: Paula Willey
Kirkus Reviews

A 21st-century reboot of the Gorgon mythos.

Imagine yourself a teenager just arrived in San Francisco, in a new high school. It's an opportunity to reinvent yourself, to become more than the meek wallflower you left behind. Unfortunately, Grace is finding that a change of place doesn't automatically changeher. Life appears to be about the same as always...until she runs up against a Minotaur that only she can see. Things become even more bizarre when she sees a girl who looks exactly like her take out that monster as if it was a walk in the park. Gretchen, on the other hand, is used to returning monsters to their home world on a regular basis—it's finding a long-lost twin that she has trouble dealing with. Trying to build a bond between them, Grace finds there may be a third sibling out there and that their lives are bound up in ancient mythology, as descendants of Medusa. Starting with this cool, Percy Jackson–esque premise, this book is all about bringing the triplets together and setting up future action. Said action will probably include mysterious but luscious boyfriends, unknown dangerous foes and assistance from Ursula, a woman who rescued Gretchen from the streets but who is now in hiding herself. There's obviously a lot more to come in the sequel.

For teens who hunger for a chick-lit alternative to Rick Riordan. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Sweet Venom Series , #1
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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 Venom 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 297 reviews.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
What made me START reading this book was its LOVELY AND BEAUTIFUL cover. I know, i know, you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, but to be honest, i DO. Anyways, i started reading this book without even reading its synopsis. After i started reading it, the FIRST thing i loved was how every chapter or so was written from someone else's point of view. Like one chapter, Gretchen would be talking. The other chapter, Grace would be talking, and so on. This way, i got to know what ALL of them were thinking and how each one of them felt about each other and the situations they faced. The writing was beautiful. I really fell in love with the book from the start. It was SO INTERESTING in a way i cant even describe. As soon as i started reading, i couldn't put the book down. Actually i had to, because i had to study and go to school, but you know what i mean. Now let me talk about the characters. As soon as you read the synopsis, you will know that they are triplets. So i loved how every one of them was so different. Gretchen was so tough and cool. While Grace was so optimistic and always looking for the best in people. While Greer was a snob (at first), and cares too much about her "social calendar" as she says :P But in the end, i love all three of them to bits. Even though this book is paranormal and talks about mythical monsters and all, it wasn't confusing to read. I really liked Tera's writing because even though i have never seen any of these monsters (maybe someday i will), it wasn't so hard imagining them. It wasn't even hard imagining the fights and stuff. So i really liked that. So overall, this book (as you can see above) is rated 5 for me. I loved it, and i cant WAIT to read the second book of this series.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
Sweet Venom is a must-read for anyone with an interest in mythology. Miz Childs has written a unique, engaging story with some kick butt characters that will drag you along with them as they battle monsters! It's a light with some great comedic timing and enough action to keep anyone interested. I'm a self-professed fan of Tera Lynn, and am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haha Holy Goalie i loved that!!!! This book was soooo good i honestly cant wait for the next one
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Jen: I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with mythology and a young adult focus, but what I got was a page turner that kept me interested until the last page. The book actually begins with Gretchen out on a hunt and the reader is left wondering why such a young girl is out fighting mythical creatures. Then we meet Grace whose (adopted) family has just moved to San Francisco. She's a bit more normal for a 16-year old... that is until she comes back to face with a minotaur. But meeting Gretchen is even more exciting since it may answer questions about her biological family. Unfortunately for Grace, Gretchen doesn't really want anything to do with her until they learn of a third sister and a prophecy about the three of them. This book has it all. There's a little romance, lots of action (but not too graphic since it is YA), an interesting plot and characters, and a cliffhanger that will make me pick up the sequel as soon as it's available. I have enjoyed the mythological world that Ms Childs has created and can't wait to delve into it further. I encourage paranormal YA fans to pick this one up and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The tree sisters were cool and had different personalities tht were interesting. Grace was probably my favorite sister out of the three. She was the intergetic one who wanted to step out of her shell. I loved her little romance with her bros' friend, Milo. They were both cute and interesting. My favorite boy in this story was Thane, Grace's brother. He was soooo mysterious and intreguing. But between Nick amd Milo, i would go with Milo hecause he was sweet and kind. I'm not saying Nick wasn't but he was kind of stalkerish to me bexause he kept on following Gretchen. I loved this book SSSOOOOOO MUCHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! :))) <3
Ambur More than 1 year ago
Holy Goalie! Did I ever love this book! :D haha and if you can't tell I also love Tera's different slangs. I loved how Grace said, "Holy Goalie!" and how Gretchen would say, "Hades" instead of Hell. :P It's such a small thing, but so adorable! :D 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story had enough action and love interests to keep it entertainig. The momentum, however, often screeched to sudden stops when the point of view shifted. Despite the author's insistence that the three girls had completely different personalities, the way their POV was written felt like they were the same persn. Granted, theyre sisters and changing the writing style everytime the POV changed would be too exhausting for the author, but nevertheless it might have helped the story flow better. Thats one star. The other star accounts for the major cliffhanger. The story of these girls was enough to ensure that the readers (at least me) will get the sequel. Leaving the readers frustrated is definitely not the way to go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read!
moviebunny More than 1 year ago
Grace, Gretchen, and Greer are triplet-monster-fighting-descendants-of-Medusa-separated-at-birth. But they don't know that yet. Underneath the busy San Francisco city-life, Tera Lynn Childs has interwoven her fresh outlook and witty humor with a gripping mythology and a dangerous destiny to be undertaken. Sweet Venom is the first installment of Tera Lynn Childs' new trilogy. The story revolves around Grace, Gretchen, and Greer; their finding each other and discovering their legacy. And because Tera is an overachiever, we see the story unfold from viewpoints of all three girls, in alternating chapters. Tera does a magnificent job of creating unique voices for each of the girls. Sweet Venom is action-packed epic awesomeness. Tera Lynn Childs has completely outdone herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have your mythology, romance, action, and an odd twist on sisterhood packed into one book. I don't think this book one is for everyone, especially guys. Here are few things that might help you make a decision whether to read it or not. 1. A bit of romance, but not intense. 2. Lots of girls power! 3. Greek mythology, but not definately not as much as Percy Jaskson or anything. (More in the 2nd one) 4. Not much suspense. 5. It has a cheesy sisterhood thing going. (not too bad, tolerable) So that about sums it up. If you read it, I hope you liked it. It is not a bad book, try it out. -Krys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute story! Switching point-of-views was done very well, and enhances enjoyment of the very well developed "Percy Jackson meets Buffy" characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a neat story that mixed true life teenage angst with fantasy battles. Sixth grade and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. My only issue is I felt the book was to short.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read book 1 and 2 in just a weekend! Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining, and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A new take on the paranormal. A roller coaster ride filled with action and quiet moments building the characters of the three sisters. Obviously a buildup to the sequels but ok as a stand alone. However I already have the next in series on reserve. I am assuming there's a third since everything these days seems to be a trilogy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!!!!! Awesome!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book with really good plot...... really enjoyed reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I have read. LOVED IT the only bad thing is, I CAN'T READ THE NEXT BOOK YET! Oh ya and antomous is it WHY do you put wierd things on commments it is pretty annoying I was reading comments on a Warrior Cat book and you were yelling and cussing at someone. I WAS SO CREEPED OUT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down!"!!!"
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Loving this book from the start, Sweet Venom gave me just what I need. A fresh read that enticed me to the end. Told in three point of views, I love that each sister is very different. You have Gretchen, Grace, and Greer. All part of ancient mythology prophecy in which the girls must unite. I love that each look into the girls you get just enough of what you need. Each girl has a certain voice that you can pin point and understand. For me, that is important in reading a book with many main characters. Each girl either has a love interest or a potential love interest. I'm anxious to see where they go cause I have a feeling that these guys will either help or hinder them. Again, every guy is completely different matching the girls personalities. Even though their parts are small, you get enough to know the guy. Some I liked, the others not so much. Sweet Venom deploys a magical tale you can't resist.  Woven together wonderfully, Sweet Venom brings out power and knowledge. It leads the reader on a hunt to find answers. Complete with great drama, Sweet Venom is astounding!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Grace moves to San Fransco all hell breaks loose. Monsters roam the streets--mythological monsters and I suspect a few new ones as well. Grace meets her sisters Gretchen and Greer and it is their mission to stop this invasion. The book was a good read, fast-paced, well-writen and imaginative but the last page was a killer--this darn book is continued. Now I have no problem buying a second book if the book is good but I feel it is unfair to readers not to tell them at the outset that the book will not have a conclusion. Consequently the low rating and my low opinion of the author who does this to a reader!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here's the list of things I like in my books: Bullies:chek Naked girls:check Monsters:check Weapons:check Romance:check Killing:check Yup,definitly one of my favorite books.
ErickaGA More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I have a daughter who loves mythology based series, Percy Jackson, Goddess Girls, etc. I can see this being right up her alley when she is a little older. It does not have as much action as Percy Jackson, but more of the personal interplay that would be interesting to a pre-teen or teenage girl.
afear43 More than 1 year ago
It took a little way to get into this , but by the end I couldn't wait to getthe next book! Think it is more for teens but I really enjoyed it.