Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Book Review: Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Shadows
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Series: Sweet Venom (Book 2)
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books (September 3, 2013)

Description: 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?

My Thoughts: This is the second book of a trilogy. Triplets Gretchen, Grace, and Greer were separated at birth and raised in separate families and circumstances. They were reunited at sixteen to find out that they were descendants of Medusa and heirs to a prophecy that keeps mythological creatures contained in the Abyss. There are three factions who are interested in them with two of the factions wanting them dead. There is a group that wants them dead after they seal the portal and a group that wants them dead after they open the portal. The third group wants them to open the portal and act as its guardians.

The story is told in alternate chapters by each of the girls who are very different people. Grace is the computer nerd with a loving family. Gretchen is the one who ran away from an abusive home life and has been fighting the monsters who slip through the cracks for years. Greer is the poor little rich girl who has every physical advantage and absentee parents.

The girls need to learn about their various gifts, rescue their missing mentors, and decide which of the boys around them is on their side. I liked each of the girls. I liked the references to mythology. I liked that Gretchen got an attitude adjustment when she entered the Abyss. I didn't like the cliffhanger ending but am lucky to have book 3 ready to finish the story.

Recommended for young adults who like mythology and urban fantasy.

Favorite Quote:

"Seriously!" The woman does not know how to leave a comprehensible clue. As if she could say anything more vague. There are so many lost things right now: the Gorgons, the oracle, my sanity.
I bought this one August 21, 2013. You can buy your copy here.

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