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Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Here’s a concept for you: Medusa and the Gorgons weren’t the bad guys.
Stop, take a breath, and let that sink in.
That’s basically the starting point for Sweet Venom: the first in what promises to be an exciting new series. Instead of being a hideous creature who turned men to stone with one fatal look, Medusa is re-envisioned as a monster hunter who was tasked with protecting the mortal realm from minotaurs, chimeras, manticores and all those other ancient beasties. Now in the 21st century the three descendents of Medusa – triplets Gretchen, Grace and Greer – are just discovering their ancestry and their destiny: they are part of a long line of monster hunters and they’re the only ones who can save the world.
A lot of the book sets up the necessary background info for what I’m sure will follow in the sequel. As such, this book doesn’t contain as much action as that other famous series based on Greek mythology – the Percy Jackson series – but there’s the promise of more fighting in the future because the story leaves us with a major cliffhanger. I also appreciate that instead of just presenting the myths as we know them, Childs is giving the Medusa myth a complete makeover. This is a must-read for all the mythology geeks out there.
Final Grade: A-