Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs-ADVISABLE

Childs, Tera Lynn. Sweet Venom, 345 pgs. Katherine Tegen Books, 2011. $17.99. Language- G (0 swears, 0 ‘f’), Sexual Content-PG, Violence- PG-13.  Legend says that 3 descendants of Medusa, the beautiful Gorgon who protected the seal of Hell that keeps the demons in, are born every generation. Three sisters, triplets, who don’t know that the other exists. These descendants are sent to watch the streets of San Francisco and send the demons back where they came from. There’s strong and skilled Gretchen, who knows of her ancestry and fights mythical beasts almost every night to keep the people safe. There’s Grace, a computer geek who has no idea of where she came from and has yet to see a monster, and then there’s Greer, who saw a monster once when she was little, but convinced herself that it was never there. As things with the mythical creatures start getting weirder and weirder, the sisters have to band together to fight to save the people they love. I liked this book. It was a cool spin on old Greek mythology, and it put Medusa in a better light. Instead of the monster mythology makes her out to be, she actually guarded the gates of hell to make earth safe. Middle School, High School-ADVISABLE.  Student Reviewed-AL

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