Series: Medusa Girls #1
Genres: Family, Girls & Women, Greek & Roman, Legends, Myths, Fables, Siblings, Young Adult
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 like her shows up to fight the monster.
Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.
Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.
These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.
Interesting premise, we want more answers.
Our Thoughts on Sweet Venom
We started this series because…. uhh… It was a free download on Kindle a while back and we both picked it up (09/25/12). When the Great Reading Slump of ’12 sucked Amanda in and spit her out, she let me pick a book for us to read. I chose this one. *flings arms out dramatically* Ta-da! I’ll be honest, it was the cover, guys. The cover caught my eye because it wasn’t the “girl in a dress” cover that is so predominant on YA novels nowadays.
Amanda: So, I was very proud of myself for guessing that there were three girls in this story. That is, until I went back and read the synopsis and realized it mentioned was IN the synopsis that there were three girls. I guess that’s what I get for reading the synopsis after I read the book.
Kelly: Oh, Amanda! You just gave me a case of the giggles! Yes, the triplets were definitely in the synopsis. I find that I am VERY interested in the various boys who have suddenly popped into the girls’ lives, though. There must be a connection between them and the weird things that are happening. There must be!
Amanda: I blame EVERYTHING on cold meds. They are such a convenient excuse. I was interested in the boys as well, except I kind of wanted MOAR information about them. And I found Grace’s brother, Thane, more interesting than Milo, Grace’s crush. Was that just me?
Kelly: It wasn’t just you. I keep thinking that Thane will somehow be VERY involved in the upcoming events. Is he a guardian of sorts for Grace? The legends say that only three girls in every generation will be Huntresses but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t more siblings/cousins/etc around, right?
Amanda: Thane was confusing, I think, because he was so quiet. And Gretchen had Nick (who kinda cracked me up with his persistence). So, that would align with the guardian part, BUT what about Greer? She was kind of…odd, since she doesn’t really have anyone. And she resists the whole thing more than Grace does.
Kelly: Yes, Greer throws a wrench into my “the boys are guardians” theory. Dang her! I don’t know. I keep looking at it like Nick pops into Gretchen’s life (I agree with you, btw, about his awesome persistence) and Milo is suddenly there making eyes at Grace and… it just feels very coincidental, you know. Are they guardians? Spies for the Gods? I don’t know. I DON’T KNOW! And it’s killing me.
Amanda: I was not satisfied with the amount of information in this book. I felt like what we did learn was pretty easy to figure out on our own (hence my ability to guess what was happening with the three girls without having read the synopsis) and the rest was… TEASING us. It kept me from enjoying the book as much as I could have…but at the same time, I enjoyed it enough to want to know MORE.
Kelly: YES! This! I want to know more! Part of me feels like we were really left hanging with the way this book ended. There’s so much setup for the next book that I’m DYING HERE! I guess it’s a good thing book 2 is already out, right? If I wanted to, I could go pick it up RIGHT NOW and see if we get more answers!
Amanda: So, what’s your final rating on this? It’s probably more of a 6 or 7 for me (I honestly can’t decide right now). I mean, I liked it and I want to know more, but it’s not high up on my MUST GET RIGHT NOW list.
Kelly: Overall, I liked the storytelling. I really enjoyed this take on the Medusas and how screwy everything is BUT… I’m trying to reconcile what we were told in the beginning of the book against some of the things we learned later on and I’m left feeling unsatisfied. A few more answers would have upped this to a solid 7 for me. Right now, I’m going back and forth between 6 and 7 like you.
Amanda: Yeah. I think the beginning of the book held a lot of promise, and I liked the alternating POV between Gretchen and Grace. Once things picked up and Greer was added into the mix, it didn’t quite live up to its promise.
Kelly: We’ll have to see what book 2 brings to the table, I guess.