Sweet Shadows

Published February 23, 2013 by myliteraryleanings

sweet shadows coverReview of Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs

Overview from www.bn.com:

Gretchen may have known she was a descendant of Medusa long before her sisters—after all, she’s spent her life fighting the monsters that escape the abyss—but that doesn’t mean it will be easy to teach the other girls the ropes. Can she rely on Grace and Greer, or even trust herself to keep them safe? Greer has pressing social commitments on her plate and precious little time to train in her newfound powers. But that wretched second sight won’t leave her alone, and her fabled heritage seems to be creeping into her fashionable life.

Grace has worries closer to home—like why her brother, Thane, has disappeared. He’s hiding something. Could it possibly be related to the secret heritage the triplets share?

With the warring factions among the gods of Olympus coming for them, the creatures of the abyss pushing into their world, and the boys in their lives keeping secrets at every turn, the three girls must figure out where their fate will take them and how to embrace the shadows of their legacy.

My Review:

In Sweet Shadows the stories of Gretchen, Grace, and Greer continue. A month or so ago I review the first installment of the series entitled Sweet Venom and loved it.

I had originally thought of buying Sweet Shadows as an e-book but thought the cost was high so I checked it out from the library instead. This seemed like a safe bet since I wasn’t sure how good this second book in the trilogy might be though I did notice that it was a little longer than the first.

The good news is that I was not disappointed—not in the least. The action becomes even more intense in this book even as the chemistry between each girl and her prospective love interest heats up. The most interesting relationship to me was the one between Gretchen and Nick.

At the beginning of this book we finally find out who Nick is and why he is so interested in Gretchen—or do we? When Nick first tells his story, Gretchen seems to believe him in spite of the fact that she’s not really the trusting sort.

Then half-way through the book, Gretchen hears another version of Nick’s story from someone else and is furious. With the help of the monsters who befriend her, she kidnaps Nick and gets yet another version of the original story he told her. Yet again, Gretchen is inclined to trust him but is understandably not willing to get burned again.

She vows to keep him at arm’s length to avoid getting hurt. The question is: will she succeed? Nick has already become a weak spot for her. Can she trust him? And perhaps more importantly, can she trust herself?

Meanwhile Grace and Greer are taking up more of the burden in both hunting monsters and solving mysteries. Grace discovers a way to control when and how she autoports while Greer discovers she has the gift of second sight and can use it to minimize the impact of some tragedies.

With these newfound discoveries they should be able to complete their mission. Unless someone kills them first, or right afterwards. In the meantime, they will have to find a way to contact the Gorgons and rescue Sthenno and Ursula before all Hades erupts. In order to find out if they can do it however, we will have to stay tuned for the third and final book.

Contains: some violence

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