Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows and Sweet Legacy (the Sweet Venom trilogy) by Tera Lynn Childs

Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their ancient legacy in a world where monsters lurk in plain sight ...

Sweet VenomI picked up a copy of the first book in this trilogy at a conference as the story sounded intriguing. I happen to like the Greek myths and wondered what this author’s take on them would be, including rehabilitating the much maligned Medusa. I have to say, she did a fabulous job and I was hooked right from the start!

Sweet ShadowsEven if you’re not into Greek gods and myths or you’ve never even heard of them, you can still enjoy these books. Everything is explained as you go along and, as events unfold, you learn a lot about Greek mythology and ancient stories. The three teenage giris in the present – Greer, Grace and Gretchen – are triplets, but they were separated at birth and adopted by different families. They rediscover each other seemingly by accident and learn that they share a common destiny. One of them has been taught to fight the monsters from the Abyss (which only they and a few others can see) so she has to teach the other two as well.

Sweet LegacyThere are lots of horrible beasts and enemies for them to overcome and mysteries to solve, but the pace never slackens and the reader is carried along on a fantastic ride of adventure and thrills. There’s romance too and some wonderful heroes for the girls to fall in love with.

I loved these stories and would recommend them to anyone who is into YA fantasy. Just be warned – you have to buy all three books in the trilogy as the story carries on without any conclusions at the end of books one and two.

Pia Fenton

5 Piranhas

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