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Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  10,959 Ratings  ·  1,162 Reviews
Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates.

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 l
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Dec 28, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: Paranormal, YA, Mythology
Shelves: arcs
I want to go ahead and make a point to say that when an author is going to narrate a story from 3 different first person POVs, that it is imperative for the voices to be so distinct that it is impossible to blend the characters together.

Childs accomplishes this perfectly in this novel. Greer, Gretchen, and Grace are so different and their voices are so unique that the characterization isn't just in the description of their clothes and their actions, but in the word choice and their tone. In add
Jun 27, 2015 TL rated it liked it
Recommended to TL by: Melissa
Buddyread with Melissa :)

2.5 stars
It started off good for me, I loved the concept of and them being descendants of Medusa. The writing was just okay but I was enjoying myself and pressed on.

In some cases I don't mind secret keeping but in this one it annoyed me alot of the time (the secret of them hunting monsters I can understand)... the 'love interests' for two of the girls I didn't care for. Milo was sweet but bland and Nick, I wanted to smack him sometimes.

Greer, bit of a bitch when we fir
Sophie Jordan
Aug 21, 2011 Sophie Jordan rated it it was amazing
Yes!! I'm lucky to have read it early!! Wonderful!!! Can't wait for the next book!
Mimi Valentine
I knew I wanted to read this book because I'm a HUGE Greek mythology junkie, but I didn't expect to love it this much!

Tera Lynn Childs took a well-known myth about a seemingly villainous girl with snakes for hair and turned it into something golden! Sweet Venom was well-written, well-crafted, and well-everything else. I had a blast reading this original portrayal of Medusa and cool mythological beasties.

You'd think it'd be hard to tell the triplets apart since their names were so similar, but it
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Grace is a shy, sweet girl who can't stand up for herself.
Gretchen is a tough, specially trained monster hunter who takes crap from no one.
They look just like each other.
When these two meet, their lives will never be the same, as Grace discovers she's a descendent from the Greek Gorgon Medusa and her destiny is to protect the world from monsters. Gretchen takes up the job of teaching her the ropes, while trying not to think about her own mentor who has been missing for several weeks now.
Grace a
This book is somewhere between 1.5 to 2 stars, it's not the worst YA I'd ever read--the honor goes to Collen Houck's and Aprilynn Pike's YA series--- but Sweet Venom brings nothing new to the table and reading this book is like eating fast food, you ain't going to get anything of value out of it.

The characters are flat and there's no character growth for them. One of the love interests is too stalker-ish NOT to have any hidden agenda beyond him. And one of the sisters, Grace, is an annoying good
Colleen Houck
Love it! Triplets? That is just awesome. Definitely looking forward to the rest of this series. Each sister was very different and seeing them interact was really cool. Also loved the monsters and can't wait to see how the budding romances play out. Excellent beginning to a series. So excited to continue.
Mary Catherine
Aug 21, 2011 Mary Catherine rated it liked it
2.5 out of 5 stars

One shouldn’t really judge a book by its cover but I thought the sleek style of SWEET VENOM was attention-grabbing. When I read the description, I was even more intrigued. It seemed to speak of shocks and surprises, interesting details and battles. Perhaps in reading the summary while looking at the cover, I was too confused and created expectations in my mind of what I would read and what I would enjoy from the book.

Here’s what it is:

SWEET VENOM tells the story of three girls
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Three sisters. Three different lives. Three very different personalities. Oh and they’re all living descendants if the Gorgan Medusa. Gretchen, Grace and Greer are triplet sisters. All separated as a child to keep them safe. Gretchen the strongly fighter hunts monsters that come from another realm and banishes them right back. She finds herself being pursued by Nick, her classmate from science class who doesn’t take no for an answer.

Grace is a computer nerd who lives with her loving adopted pare
Jodi Meadows
Sep 02, 2011 Jodi Meadows rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC.

We all know the story about Medusa, the snake-headed gorgon who Perseus killed. And how her gaze would turn someone into stone.

Or do we?

In SWEET VENOM, Medusa and her gorgon sisters have been maligned in myth. Ever since Medusa's assassination, her descendants have been fighting monsters that escape their prison by way of a crack in the seal between worlds, left there by one of those pesky gods (of course). Once in our world, the monsters disguise themselves
May 21, 2016 Betza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Un Libro interesante, una manera distinta de ver a medusa y las gorgonas de la mitologista.

el hecho de que sean 3 hermanas tiene sentido, todo el drama del Olimpo gira en torno a ciclos y tríos.
Sweet Venom had pretty much everything that I love in a book-- awesome plot line, tons of action, wonderfully likable characters, humor that made me giggle throughout, and a small helping of sweet romance on the side. This was my first ever mythology book, and I definitely was not disappointed!

So let's talk about the main characters. There are three girls in this book-- Grace, Gretchen and Greer-- all who turn out to be sisters, or triplets actually. I loved every one of them because they were e
Kim Q
Aug 21, 2011 Kim Q rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. It's sweet, sassy, and incredibly adventurous. Review to come.
Dec 10, 2012 Eileen rated it liked it
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

Sweet Venom was one of those books where you kind of hated it, but at the same time you just couldn't get enough of it. While I kept turning the pages in a frenzy to find out what happened to Gretchen, Grace, and Greer, I felt at the same time this insistent need to strangle these girls.

Gretchen was my favorite of the three girls. She had a certain fire about her and her demeanor was just awesome. She didn't let anything get i
Dec 02, 2012 Jonababez rated it it was amazing

Who would have thought to create a twist in the story of Medusa? But we all know that she is a very interesting character, right? What I only know about her is she's a beautiful maiden turned to a snake-haired monster that makes men turned to stone whenever they look in her eyes. She's scary right? And this book is about her three teenage descendants. I really liked how the book st
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Aug 31, 2011 Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) rated it really liked it
Sweet Venom was everything I expected it to be fast paced and action packed with just the right amount of hot boys and great storytelling! She also set it in San Francisco a place I am very familiar with and also mentions a place close to my hometown Orangevale which is pretty cool.

This story is told from three perspectives and while my favorite parts were Gretchen’s I grew to like Grace and Greer by the end of the book. Gretchen is a hard as nails girl whose main mission is sending these beasts
Jul 30, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5 stars*
Another one of our monthly buddy reads with TL :D

This book was a lot of fun to read. It was such an easy-going, light read, but also really interesting and exciting. The plot consists of 3 sisters, descendants of Medusa, who didn't know they were triplets until they find each other, and then have to work out why things are changing, why monsters are becoming more of a problem in the city than usual etc. Not only do they have to work together to understand what's going on with the prop
Jackie "the Librarian"
Another teen fantasy based on Greek Mythology, with a Buffy-esque feel. Grace moves to San Francisco, starts at a new private school, and discovers she has a twin and that there are mythological monsters running around that only she and her twin can see. Why? Because she's a descendent of Medusa, and it is her destiny to protect the world from the monsters. Except, something weird is going on, and there are way more monsters getting loose than usual.
Sorry, sorry, this book isn't really t
Este libro me llamo la atención por su trama principal.

Medusa siempre es la mala en las historias....pero si ella y sus hermanas, junto a sus descendientes fuesen guardianes de la humanidad?

El libro empieza bien, mostrandonos el punto de vista de Grace y Greechen en su día a día. Grace enfrentandose a un nuevo colegio con sus arpias correspondientes y Greechen luchando contra criaturas mitologicas de carne y hueso.

La historia avanza muy lentamente para mi gusto, dandonos muy poca información e
Nov 02, 2011 Galla rated it liked it
This was a fun, breezy read. I'd recommend it for anyone who's looking for a YA paranormal offering, especially if you like modern spins on Greek mythology. I would have given it a very solid 4-star rating, but it suffers from "setting up the rest of the books in the series" syndrome. The ending was abrupt; it felt like things had just gotten started in earnest when the curtain fell. Various plot threads were left dangling, such that the book ultimately came across as an extended prologue.

Michele at A Belle's Tales
Dec 28, 2011 Michele at A Belle's Tales rated it really liked it
I thought this was an excellent, fast read and an unexpectedly short book. Then I took a moment to actually note the number: 345 pages? What? That’s not a short book! Then why did it feel as though only a short amount of time had passed from front cover to back? Because I INHALED this story. My poor, visiting family - here to spend time with me during the holidays, and once I began Sweet Venom, they completely had to fend for themselves. Sorry, Mom and Dad, but …MEDUSA!!!

I loved the sister aspe
Oct 18, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Sweet Venom follows the story of triplet sisters belonging to an elite lineage of Guardians, separated at birth for their own protection and who are reunited as teens not knowing each other ever existed. They are teenage descendants of Medusa and have a role to play in sending monsters that escape into the human realm back to their own.

Gretchen was the first to discover her heritage at the age of twelve and has been raised and mentored by Ursula; she is a kick-butt,
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I absolutely love Tera's YA books! Each one has a rich mythology and a romance that leaves me wanting more. Sweet Venom is another one of her must read books. Sweet Venom has a refreshing, unique Greek mythology with a trio of butt kicking, strong, realistically written teen sisters whom are also descendants of Medusa. I know I've said this many times before, but I absolutely love it when the story's protagonist (in this case there are three) is strong willed, can kick butt, knows when to ask ...more
I think I'm in danger of becoming a Tera-junkie. In the year 2011, I discovered her Oh.My.Gods. series and now Sweet Venom. Her easy-to-read style has carried through all of the books I've read; you open the first page and before you have a chance to breathe; you're waist deep in the story. I like that! Reading can be a learning experience with dictionary/Wikipedia look-ups required, a way to stretch your mind OR it can be a way to push everything aside while you fall into someone's story. Sweet ...more
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Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

When I hear the word ‘Medusa’ it immediately conjures up the famous Ray Harryhausen snake haired creature from the original Clash of the Titans movie. SWEET VENOM by Tera Lynn Childs’ version bears little resemblance. Instead, she imagines teenage monster hunters who are the only ones who can see the mythological beasties that prey on humanity. No snake hair. No serpent bodies. No turning people to stone with a glance. These descendants of Medusa have l
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
Sep 30, 2011 Ashley - The Bookish Brunette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-release
Ooooh WHY did I wait so long to read this book??? Right from the beginning, I knew I was going to LOVE Sweet Venom!

Gretchen is a complete butt kicking, rock your face off kind of chick- from her Kevlar wrist cuffs to her military grade daggers, and she's ready to take down whatever beasties get in her way!

Grace, having just moved from Orangevale, Nowhere to Alpha High School in San Francisco and is sure that this is her big chance at a brand new start... Then her older brother brings home a very
Jan 09, 2014 Greta rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Brief Summary: Gretchen, Grace, and Greer are the mortal descendants of Medusa. Their venomous bite can send monsters back to the Abyss. In this book they meet, learn a little about their entwined destinies, and discover that they collectively have become the target of every beastie in town.
I was attracted to this book because of the great concept (a reinterpretation of the Greek Medusa story). This book felt very much like a first book, though. It was mostly about getting to kn
Book Whales
Jan 12, 2012 Book Whales rated it it was amazing
Originally posted @ Book Whales

Three sisters…
One destiny…

It’s not very often that I come across a book with three strong heroines out to fight mythological creatures that threaten humankind. All I can say is that I really enjoyed reading this book. Although the chapters were written in three different first person POV’s, it’s really easy to distinguish who’s who because each of the girls has their own distinct characteristic and voices that made them unique and Childs did such a brilliant job
Yzabel Ginsberg
An OK, quick read, with interesting ideas, but that didn't grab me as much as I had hoped it would.

There are definitely high stakes here, with various characters who may hold even more secrets—and the three sisters aren't the only ones. I liked that the novel dealt with said sisters getting reunited and struggling with what they had discovered about each other, instead of having them immediatly accept it as normal. However, this also made for a first volume that was basically an introduction mor
H.K. Savage
Jan 03, 2013 H.K. Savage rated it it was amazing
That was awesome! Not sure where I got this one, it was on my Kindle and I picked it up the other night. Finished in two just because I'm trying to be better about not staying up all night. I know, probably won't stick, but hey, I'm trying.
This book? It's like Buffy meets Percy Jackson. Medusa was one of three Gorgon sisters who guarded the gate that kept mythological monsters and hybrids on their side, protecting humans from having their lives sucked away. Since Medusa's death, there have been
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Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning and bestselling young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romances, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series. She also writes the City Chicks books and is co-writing the Hero Agenda and Creative HeArts series. Her works have appeared in over a dozen languages and on ...more
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