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Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.

Posted August 31, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment


Rowena’s review of Sweet Venom (Sweet Venom Trilogy, Book 1) by Tera Lynn Childs.

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 in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

This is the second book by Tera Lynn Childs that I’ve read and it was a quick read that I really enjoyed. I’ve never been much of a Medusa fan but I can totally see myself as a fan of the girls in this book, well most of the girls from this book. Right now, I’m not much of a Greer fan but I’m sure that will change over the course of the series which I’m super excited to read.

In this book, we meet Gretchen, Grace and Greer. Three sisters that are descendants of Medusa of Greek mythology who meet for the first time in this book. Each sister brings something different to the table and Gretchen is the fighter, the sister who knows all about the monsters that go bump in the night. She knows how to fight them and has been training to fight them for a long time with her mentor, Ursala. Then there’s Grace, the peacemaker of the trio of sisters. She’s been seeing these monsters in her dreams and when Gretchen enlightens her on what they are and what they do, Grace wants to learn all she can to help defend herself and innocent people from them and though there were times when Grace made me roll my eyes down the street because she was so naive, I had to keep reminding myself that she was a teenager and that’s how they think. Then there’s Greer. Greer, who I wanted to strangle because she’s the bratty teen that doesn’t want to have anything to do with whatever Gretchen and Grace has going on. She’s the one that fought them at every turn but you could tell that she would come around when she was good and ready to. Of the three, Gretchen was my favorite because she was just so kick ass. She wasn’t perfect but she’d kick your ass if you said so and I loved that about her.

This story is about bringing three sisters together to fight the bad guys. It’s action packed and just a smooth read that you won’t have trouble falling into. I’m mighty intrigued by everything that’s going on and I’m looking forward to seeing the sisters grow closer and closer together, especially Gretchen and Greer. The way that those two bumped heads throughout this book, I’m looking forward to seeing their relationship evolve. I know it’s going to make for some good reading.

I loved how each sister brought something different to the table as far as the story went and I really enjoyed seeing them deal with the new path their lives have taken. They’re each dealing with different things and they’re trying to find their footing and I’m looking forward to more as the series continues. They’re not going to be able to move forward without all three of them providing a united front so it’s going to be real interesting to see how this all pans out and man am I excited! I think Childs did a wonderful job of sucking the reader into this new world that she’s created for these sisters.

All in all, this is a wonderful introduction into a series that I think I’m going to really enjoy. I enjoyed the writing, the characters and the overall story so I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested. It’s going on my keepers shelf and I’m anxious for more.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Harper Teen. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Book Binge Welcomes Sophie Jordan and Tera Lynn Childs!

Posted August 31, 2011 by Rowena in Promotions | 0 Comments


Book Binge has some pretty awesome guest authors joining us today. Sophie Jordan and Tera Lynn Childs both have books that are out that I have read and adored. I’m such a greedy wench too because I’m thirsty for more.

Sophie Jordan’s Vanish is the second book in the Firelight series and it picks up right where the first book left off. Jacinda is back home with the pride and she’s not one of the top draki’s anymore. She’s got a lot to make up for and nobody in her corner. Well, nobody but Cassian and the twists and turns this book takes will have you salivating for more. Sophie Jordan wrote a winner of a book and I can’t wait for more.

In Tera Lynn Child’s Sweet Venom, we meet Gretchen, Grace and Greer who are descendants of Medusa with trouble coming. Something’s not right and the three of them embark on a mission to find out what’s going on and they set out to try to find Gretchen’s mentor to help them keep the evil monsters from destroying the world. I’ve never been very interested in Medusa but I am mighty intrigued with the world that Childs is building with this series. This was the first book by her that I’ve ever read and I’m hooked.

Both of these books are out now so you don’t want to miss out because they’re enjoyable books and if you’ve got teens that are into reading paranormal YA fiction then you will win cool points if you pick these books up for them, I promise!

We’re thrilled to host Sophie Jordan and Tera Lynn Childs on their blog tour. Today they’ll be talking about their favorite romantic travel destinations so really, let’s get to it.

Favorite Romantic Travel Destination by Sophie Jordan

The best romantic destination? Well, it would have to be my honeymoon location – and that’s not just because it was my honeymoon and already romantic. I mean that helped, for certain – but I would have loved this destination if I was dragged there at age thirteen on a family trip, braces and pimple cream in tow. Everything about Barbados is lovely and romantic –it’s what an island paradise should be.

The beaches ….sigh. The water … amazing. The bluest blue I’ve ever seen, but also translucent. You can see all the fish swimming around you. And they’re amazing. Just so colorful. Everywhere you look, there are flying fish jumping in the water. Yes, it was a frequent dish on the menu, too. So yummy.

Pinks and creams and pale oranges are the standard for homes and buildings. Sweeping verandas and gently whirring fans. Exotic and lovely. It all seemed untouched by time. Bridgetown! Such an amazing port city. Restaurants and shops edge the water. But it felt so old world, still small, intimate. You don’t get a big city feel. In fact, the whole island felt like that. Untouched by time. Small and intimate. You could picture the carriages rolling down the cobbled streets. Gentlemen strolling in jackets and cravats. Ladies with parasols and vibrant gowns.

The vegetation is just amazing … monkeys hop high in lush branches and leaves. Bright birds and plantain trees abound. Even poisonous trees marked with paint to warn you! Yes, maybe not everyone would see this as romantic, but taking it as a whole … well, it’s like walking into another world. A past world. History is alive around you. I spent an afternoon strolling through an old plantation, certain I could hear the whispers of the past.

I’ve never visited anywhere like Barbados, and I’m determined to go back. I always tease my husband that we’ll buy a second home there someday. Hm, okay, maybe I’m not teasing. I’ve also determined to write it as a setting for one of my books. Hey … I would require another trip there for research, wouldn’t I? All right. Off to plot that book now. 

Favorite Romantic Travel Destination by Tera Lynn Childs

The most romantic travel destination I can imagine is the South Pacific. Bora Bora to be exact. I’ve never been there, and I’m actually saving it for a very special occasion, but I’ve long fantasized about an extended vacation in paradise.

There are so many romantic things about the South Pacific. First, there’s the isolation. Not only is the region isolated from the rest of the world, but there are plenty of places to find complete seclusion among the islands. Undeveloped beaches, secluded coves, romantic picnics on sand-covered islands.

Second, there’s the natural beauty. Pristine white sands, gorgeous turquoise waters, lush tropical jungles. The islands of the South Pacific are covered in colorful flowers, and the waters are full of exotic sealife. And images I’ve seen of the sunsets are simply breathtaking.

Finally, I think the most romantic thing about the South Pacific is the slower pace. What is more romantic than spending time in a place where things move more slowly? Where it’s perfectly okay to lounge all day in your overwater bungalow, to stroll to dinner in a sundress, and do nothing more ambitious than walk on the beach or take a ride through the jungle.

Sounds like romantic paradise to me.

Barbados and Bora Bora? Both places are beautiful and the perfect romantic spot for lovers. I’d love to go to either places.

Huge thanks to Sophie Jordan and Tera Lynn Childs for stopping by our blog today and sharing their favorite romantic spots. If you haven’t already, go out and get their books! If you’re nearby and want to check these fabulous authors on their physical book tour, you’ll be able to catch them at the following places:

September 7 @ 7 PM Blue Willow Bookshop Houston, TX
September 8 @ 7 PM Books & Co Dayton, OH
September 9 @ 7 PM Magic Tree Bookstore Chicago, IL
October 1 Austin Teen Book Festival Austin, TX

Their next blog tour stop is on September 2, 2011 at The Reader Bee. Be sure to catch them over there.

Thanks again for stopping by now it’s your turn lovely readers…

Where is your favorite romantic travel destination? Why?

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