(Medusa Girls #2)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper TEEN
Rating: 4 Stars
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. -Goodreads
My ThoughtsSweet Shadows gets off to a rather slow start as it's story continues where Sweet Venom ended.
The first half of the book is spent with the girls playing what turns out to be a very drawn out and annoying game of "find the mentor". That is after they survive being attacked by a bear, a giant, and almost being blown up within the first few pages.
It seems that Grace, Gretchen, and Greer, are at the center of a very nasty otherworldly power struggle involving a portal that should or shouldn't be opened for various reasons..
Every monster, god, and demi-god has taken a side in the matter, and most sides look don't good for the three G's.
The few people on their side keep getting kidnapped via portal and taken to other realms.
Meanwhile, as if all of the myth and monster drama is not enough, the girls must try to maintain some sort of normalcy in lives that are anything but.
While Sweet Venom, the first book of the series, concentrated on Grace's point of view. Sweet Shadows, offers a much more balanced blend of Greer, Gretchen, and Grace. It is truly hard to say whether this development in the story is intentional or if it is just a result of them barely leaving each other alone to breathe through the entire read.
This is also the book that allows the girls the chance to bond as sisters; while giving readers a change to take a peak at their families, lives at school, boyfriends etc.
It may take take about 150 pages or so to get to the true action, but for what you get, the ait is truly worth it.
Greer comes into her powers as a Seer, there is some serious dimensional travel, a few juicy secrets are revealed, and there is even an epic battle.
See, great book right!
Now there is just one question.
What's the deal with Grace's brother Thane?