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Friday, April 11, 2014

[SERIES REVIEW] Medusa Girls by Tera Lynn Childs

Medusa Girls trilogy

Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mythology
Reading order: Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, Sweet Legacy

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.

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.

How can the girls embrace the shadows of their legacy?

The stunning conclusion of Tera Lynn Childs's Greek mythology–based Sweet Venom trilogy is perfect for teen fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.

The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and the gods of Olympus descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves.

Greer must use her second sight to step up and prevent anything from stopping her sisters' mission, even though a god is playing with her mind. Grace wants to trust her adopted brother, Thane; but will his secret put the girls in even more danger? And Gretchen has trained her sisters to stop the monsters, but her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imaginedWhat will the girls' immortal legacy be? Three teenage descendants of Medusa must unite to restore balance to the world in this action-packed series with plenty of romance.

Wow! This series sure knows how to pack a punch! The Medusa Girls trilogy might just be my second favorite mythology series, next to Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

We know Medusa as a snake-haired gorgon whose stare can turn people into stones. She's always described as a vile creature, a monster, a villain. But lo and behold, Tera Lynn Childs put a spin to the popular Medusa myth and came up with the amazing series Medusa Girls.

In this series, Medusa and her two sisters are guardians who protect the human world from monsters. Well, Medusa's MIA here because she's been long dead since she's the only mortal gorgon while her two sisters are both immortal. The main characters - Gretchen, Greer and Grace - are Medusa's descendants and are prophesied as the Key Generation. Aaaannd the story revolves around the triplets and the prophecy they're trying to fulfill.

The idea is unique and refreshing and it's the first time I read something about Medusa. It's a great breather for those who love Greek myth but are looking for something other than retellings about gods and goddesses. I had a hard time putting these books down!

I loved almost everything about this series. The characters, the story itself, the twists and turns, the action, the romance. I also liked the fact that each triplet gets her own moment. It didn't feel like the story focuses on one character only. It was incredible that Ms. Childs maintained that kind of balance among her main characters. Also, she was able to showcase their individuality and uniqueness. It was easy to be confused because there were three different perspectives, but Gretchen, Greer and Grace have their own unique voices that made it easy to keep track on whose POV I was reading.

Another thing I liked about these three girls was that they're not damsels in distress. Sure, they were in a LOT of distressing situations, but they didn't need guys to save and protect them. Nick and Thane (and even Milo) being there helped a lot but anyone can say that they're just backup. The triplets were the main guys. (Or girls, rather.) These girls can kick serious butt. And not just any butt. Monster butts, baby. Even Greer and Grace who did not have the same training as Gretchen became capable of holding their own in a battle. Their powers were also cool. I liked it when they learned to hone their gifts and use them to their advantage. I never hide the fact that I luuurve strong heroines so I really dig these girls.

The other characters were also awesome. The gorgons Sthenno and Euryale played a big part not just in fulfilling the prophecy but in the girls' lives as well. Nick, Thane and Milo weren't just love interests. They had their own parts to play, too. Grace's parents, the oracle, Cassandra, their friends in the abyss, and even some humans were also given highlights. Of course, the Olympian gods couldn't be left behind in a mythology-themed series, right? You'd be surprised on how each character was given importance and how they're all connected to the story.

The series was obviously well-thought of. It's exciting and action-packed and enjoyable. There were also tender moments in between the dangerous and tough ones. The romance was light but sweet. There was also humor present. Every now and then I found myself cracking up because of the crazy things the triplets would think of. I liked the pace of the story, too. There were no dull moments. Every turn of the page brings something new and exciting. I was always looking forward to what will happen next. The twists were intriguing and they will keep you guessing until the end. As I said, I could hardly put these books down.

The ending left a couple of questions unanswered, though. Especially the thing about Thane and whether Gretchen, Greer and Grace accepted the gorgons' final gift to them. It would be interesting to know about those but I guess it's the author's way of keeping some of the mystery up until the very end.

All in all, Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows and Sweet Legacy are all brilliant. Fans of Greek mythology wouldn't be disappointed. A real page-turner! Medusa Girls is a series you shouldn't miss.

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. I've borrowed the first one in the book from the library before but I had to return it before I could get to it, The whole series sounds absolutely fantastic though so I'm going to give it another try. Hopefully my branch has the first book for me to borrow when I go tomorrow. Great reviews!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Thanks, Kimberly! I hope you finally get to it and find the series good. :)


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