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text 2017-07-14 15:47
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Lord of the Bears (Wild Ridge Bears Book 1) - Kimber White
Sweet Venom (Venin Assassin Book 1) - Gena D. Lutz
A Fistful of Honey - Malena Crawford

There are others, but these looked interesting to me.  Downloaded!

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review 2015-06-28 20:04
Sweet Venom
Sweet Venom - Tera Lynn Childs

An OK, quick read, with interesting ideas, but that didn't grab me as much as I had hoped it would.

There are definitely high stakes here, with various characters who may hold even more secrets—and the three sisters aren't the only ones. I liked that the novel dealt with said sisters getting reunited and struggling with what they had discovered about each other, instead of having them immediatly accept it as normal. However, this also made for a first volume that was basically an introduction more than anything else: in the end, there's still no clue about why the monsters are popping more often, the bounty, Ursula, what's been happening behind the scenes, who's the actual villain/s, etc.

I also thought Greer popped up too late in the story (at the 50% mark or so), and it made for a much different dynamics than what the blurb led me to expect.

Special mention for Nick, who I definitely wanted to smack in the nuts and leave to grovel in pain on the side of the road. The guy was seriously a stalker, and "I can't take no for an answer" is a definite "get out of my sight real fast" signal as far as I'm concerned. Gretchen wasn't better in that regard—thinking she couldn't get involved because of her job as a huntress... Wasn't that a given anyway because the guy was, well, creepy and infuriating? If this is to become a romantic relationship, uh, no thanks.

I might check out voluem 2 if the library has it, because I'd like to know more about the overall plot, but... We'll see
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review 2014-02-06 14:13
Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweet Venom - 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 by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

 

 

 

The cover. The synopsis. The raving reviews. All three came together and made Sweet Venom a book I had to read... and after reading...

 

 

I'm sorry, I just don't understand all the hype surrounding this book. I could barely get myself to finish it. A little after the halfway mark, I found myself skimming rather than immersing myself in the story. Not a good sign. But rather than go on an angry rant, let me bullet point it for you.

 

 

  • The writing felt stilted. What should have been witty came across as weird, and what should have been serious or potentially romantic came across as cheesy. Everything about it felt forced.

 

  • I get talking to yourself, but the consistency with which these characters speak, out loud, to themselves makes me wonder if there isn't something seriously wrong with them.

 

  • The so-called romance was... anything but. The whole insta-love/insta-crush thing is in overkill mode. A few things bugged me, but nothing as much as the fact that Grace was willing to lie about herself in order to win the affections of Milo. That, and the guys acted completely unlike any guy in the history of men. Who immediately holds their friend's little sister's hand? What guy keeps going after a girl who has made it absolutely clear that she's not interested?

 

 

Not any guy I've ever heard of. Just another aspect of this book that felt forced.

 

  • I love Greek mythology, but no one in their right mind believes it truly exists. So when Grace walks up to Greer (a sister she has never met) and tells her, straight up, that she's a descendent of Medusa, what do you think the response is going to be? That's right. A door slammed in the face. And Grace has the nerve to act surprised. Common sense is seriously lacking.

 

 

 

  • I couldn't stand Grace's character. It's one thing to have insecurities, but she takes it to a whole new level. The word "freak" got pretty redundant, and the fact that she constantly used it to describe herself (or how she thought others might describe her) was beyond annoying. 

 

I can appreciate how the author was trying to take a well-known Greek myth and make it her own. The concept was interesting, I just can't get on board with the way it was executed. 

 

I saw a lot of great reviews for this book, but, for me, it left a lot to be desired. 

 

1.5/5 Stars.

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

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video 2013-08-05 10:57
Sweet Venom (Sweet Venom Series #1) -
Sweet Shadows - Tera Lynn Childs
Confessions of an Angry Girl - Louise Rozett
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -
Nadia Knows Best - Jill Mansell

In which I discuss the books I read in July 2013.Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them. 

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review 2013-07-10 00:00
Sweet Venom - Tera Lynn Childs This book was okay but nothing special if you ask me and I didn't particularly like Grace or Greer. Gretchen was pretty cool though despite being prone to judging people so fast. The book didn't really seem to have a proper ending either, none of their problems were truly solved.
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