Hey everyone this is Meghan from Coffee & Wizards. Today I’m here to talk about this book: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs. It’s a retelling of the Medusa myth. It follows the lives of these girls who are the descendents of Medusa and her sisters. They are the gatekeepers against these demon hordes, who enter our world and try to eat humans. These girls are the only ones who can see the monsters, and they’re the only ones who can fight them. I’d probably describe it as Buffy mixed with Greek myth, which sounds super interesting; except, it’s not very interesting.
It reads like a super long prologue. Everything that happens in this book is a build up for the next two books, which is fine. I can understand why there’s a lot of information in this book. I can see why it was done this way: it’s allowing for character development. However, each story needs to have its own climax. There is a climax in this book, but it didn’t feel like it was enough. I didn’t feel like the stakes were high enough. I didn’t feel like there was enough given on a lot of the plotlines. I didn’t feel like any of the plot lines were resolved. I know that some were, but it didn’t feel like it because there were just so many openings, and not a lot of closings, and it was just really frustrating.
Doesn’t mean I won’t be reading the next book; I will. I thought the idea was really interesting. I enjoyed the characters for the most part. The sisters are really different, so it was nice getting to see this contrast, but they’re also similar at the same time. There’s some love interest stuff going on that I want to see what happens. I just wish that this book had had a bit more kick to it. There was so much opportunity for it to have more kick than it did.
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“I really appreciate that Sweet Venom is not only entertaining, but also an opportunity for readers who are not as well-versed in Greek mythology to learn more.” – Hylary @ Library Lady
“An interesting plot, awesome characters, action-packed, mythological creatures and a bit of romance, all in one book!” – Koice @ Book Whales