Sweet Venom is an adorable tale about sisters finding each other and and finding the courage to follow their destiny. It's about different personalitiSweet Venom is an adorable tale about sisters finding each other and and finding the courage to follow their destiny. It's about different personalities coming together and learning how to coexist while they fight to protect their world. Mythological creatures are running amok and it's up to this trio of sisters to stop them, but are there even greater forces are work? How will these newly reunited sisters deal with their mythological legacy while still maintaining a social life?
First let me just say that I have a LOT of cover love for this book. For a modern retelling of the Medusa myth, there couldn't be more perfectly crafted cover art. The title of this book is also perfect, reflecting both the joys and troubles of three very different lives coming together as well as the sweet venom that sends the monsters back to their world.
The strongest part of this book were the characters. Even though Gretchen, Grace, and Greer are identical triplets, they live very different lives. Each chapter is told from a different girls perspective, so we as readers learn about their individual experiences and opinions which gives depth to the characters. Grace is definitely the most developed of the sisters and is more or less the main character though Gretchen and Greer are both given time to shine. I hope to read more of their stories in future novels.
However there were some weak point in this novel. First I think the cover, while being totally awesome, is a bit misleading. I thought this book was going to be a lot darker than it really was, and even though it wasn't poorly written, I couldn't help but be a bit disappointed at the lightness and simplistic nature of the novel. Secondly as the reader I was expected to know a lot of mythological creatures. They were named (Chimera, Minotaur, Saytr, Dracaena ect) but not described well. There were a couple of times where I had to go look up some pictures of the monsters so I would have a clearer image in my head. I thought the action was well described but the creatures themselves were lacking in imagery.
The ending is both good and annoying at the same time. The ending introduced a greater story arc that seemed like a much meatier plot than what was presented in Sweet Venom. Also, and I'm not sure if this is because I was reading an ARC (advanced readers copy), but the ending seemed very rushed and the final battles weren't explained well. There is buildup to an attack, but we never actually see the action nor how the heroine escapes which is very frustrating as a reader. I plan on buying a real copy of the book and I'm hoping the ending will be fleshed out more.
Overall Sweet Venom is a light hearted introduction to three very different sisters and their joined destiny. While it fell short as a stand alone novel, Sweet Venom is a great introduction to a larger story arc that had me totally invested.