Overview from http://www.bn.com:
Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates.
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, 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. . . .
Sweet Venom is a book that in some ways lives up to the title hints that it is a story about snakes—but not really. Because the only the snakes involved would probably be the ones on Medusa’s head, though the story never touched on that I can remember. There was quite a bit about the lady/monster herself since three of our main characters are her descendants but not about the snakes so much.
So then, the next logical question would be: What venom are they referring to and how is it sweet? The answer is the venom is something that the three “huntresses” are able to inject into a bothersome monster’s vein which will then send him or her back to the monster world where he or she belongs. The venom comes out of the huntress’ fangs that come out automatically when needed. And the sweet refers to the taste of the aforementioned venom. We know that it is sweet because one of the main characters, Grace, tastes and tells her sister Gretchen that it is. Weird, I know.
So now that we have got that out-of-the-way I can tell you my verdict. I liked it a lot. I liked the characters, especially Grace, and the story was certainly unique. The idea is that Medusa has gotten a bad rap down through the centuries due to the goddess Athena’s jealousy and has actually been keeping us mere humans safe from the monsters that want use and devour us. Well, later it’s her descendants that do it but you get the idea.
The descendant part brings us to Grace, Gretchen, and Greer who are the descendants mentioned. They were separately adopted at birth in hopes that they would come together when the time is right which of course is where the story starts. Gretchen is the one who has been fighting the creatures the longest so she becomes the mentor after her mentor Ursula mysteriously disappears.
Grace runs into Gretchen at a club and is literally carried off by her—eventually to be trained as a monster huntress herself. Then, shortly after Grace’s training is complete, they track down Greer who is more worried about her social standing than anything else.
This book is the first in a trilogy so the there are many unanswered questions for both the characters and the reader. I get the hint that some of the characters know more than they have divulged in this book but I guess if I want to know more, I’ll have to read the next book. That of course the idea. There’s no third book yet but obviously there will be at some point.
In the meantime, I am thinking about actually purchasing the second book (this one was a Free Friday offering) since I enjoyed this one so much. I just got a Barnes & Noble gift card from a couple of people so I think I might use it towards that book and some others I have been wanting to buy. I recommend this one for both adults and teenagers.
Contains: some monster violence