SWEET VENOM by Tera Lynn Childs


Age Range: 13 & up
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A 21st-century reboot of the Gorgon mythos.

Imagine yourself a teenager just arrived in San Francisco, in a new high school. It’s an opportunity to reinvent yourself, to become more than the meek wallflower you left behind. Unfortunately, Grace is finding that a change of place doesn’t automatically change her. Life appears to be about the same as always…until she runs up against a Minotaur that only she can see. Things become even more bizarre when she sees a girl who looks exactly like her take out that monster as if it was a walk in the park. Gretchen, on the other hand, is used to returning monsters to their home world on a regular basis—it’s finding a long-lost twin that she has trouble dealing with. Trying to build a bond between them, Grace finds there may be a third sibling out there and that their lives are bound up in ancient mythology, as descendants of Medusa. Starting with this cool, Percy Jackson–esque premise, this book is all about bringing the triplets together and setting up future action. Said action will probably include mysterious but luscious boyfriends, unknown dangerous foes and assistance from Ursula, a woman who rescued Gretchen from the streets but who is now in hiding herself. There’s obviously a lot more to come in the sequel.

For teens who hunger for a chick-lit alternative to Rick Riordan. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-200181-8
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2011


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