Wednesday, May 22, 2013

**REVIEW** Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs

I AM ADDICTED!!!  Thins new take on Medusa and her sisters has me
 begging for more with each book I pick up!!  I can not get Sweet Legacy
 in my hands soon enough!

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 new found 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.

Release Date: September 4, 2012
Published By: Harper Collins
Review Copy: Hardcover, 336 pages
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This book seriously rocked it.  I took my time getting into Sweet Venom and finished it wanting more (tried finding more but there wasn't) so when I pulled this one off the shelf there was no easing into it, I full out dived.  Thing is the book really started off with a bang by replaying the last scene in Sweet Venom from Greer's POV instead of Gretchen's.   Then the girls have to face the fact that life is much more dangerous than they could have ever imagined, more complicated and there will be problems that they now must solve on their own.  Though these girls could not be more different, they all share the same drive and determination to do what must be done.  Well that and the will to come out of it all alive and intact.,

  Tera does a phenomenal job with the multiple POV's.  Each chapter is labeled with the girl that you are reading but with such strong and individual personalities you could easily tell them apart without the labeling.  I must also point out that my love for my new outlook on Medusa and how it is portrayed, is stunning.  What the majority of us believe is not as it seems with Medusa and the truth of her and her sisters couldn't be more far from what we always been taught.  I found with this novel that the Gods also play a bigger hand and I'm not quite sure I was ready for the impact that they had.  The further I travel into these novels, the more clear this new take seems to become and the more I wish to learn.   

    The girls are just amazing.  Greer rides my nerves occasionally but I get where she is coming from so I also let it slide.  She came in late to the game in Sweet Venom and getting to know her and her background a little more helped.  Thing is I think she feels responsible for far more than she should but I blame her upbringing and insatiable need to please others.  I can comfortably say that Greer has shown some serious potential with this novel and I hope that she continues with that trend!  Gretchen is starting to come around but is still incredibly hard headed.  Not that,that is any different from the Gretchen   we first met but she is starting to come around to her sisters.  Though she wants her sisters safe she also knows that she needs them. Grace is really starting to develop and come out of her shell.  She is starting to stand up and speak her mind when no one was really listening.

  Biggest questions with this installment is the boys.  I am constantly trying to figure out if they know more than they are letting on or if the genuinely are clueless.  Greer doesn't have a mystery guy in her life but her vision of Thane (Grace's brother) had me curious as heck!  The guy has some serious secrets, my thing is that I'm not sure if they work for the girls or if they work against them.  The other guy in Grace's life is Milo and I have not a clue what to think of him.  At first I thought he knew more than he let on but then I just felt maybe he didn't and he was just a normal guy that liked Grace.  The jury is still kind of out with him but I will be keeping my eyes open.  Last but not least there is Gretchen's Nick.  This guy is so back and forth and I can't even make up my mind about him.  I'm like Gretchen and I want to trust him but he makes it so hard.

  Book one was good but this one has me hooked.  I think the only thing that some people may not like is the back and forth occasionally but if you love multiple POV's like me than you will not have a problem with it! The story and world Childs has created is a great merge of Mythology and the modern world, it can easily pull you in and I didn't even want to resist it!!  I am really looking forward to Sweet Legacy  and highly suggest you check this series out.

Her silver eyes cloud over,and I'm immediately glad I'm not on the receiving end of her shadowed looks.  I have no doubt the caller will regret ever meeting her before the might is through. -Greer

I'm squealing out of the parking lot when it hits me that  I don't have a home to go to anymore.  A place to sleep, yes.  Not a home.  My vision blurs and I realize there are tears in my eyes.  For the love of Medusa, I'm turning into an emotional mess. -Gretchen

  In this new, unfamiliar world, I find myself fighting to hide my fear, to keep up the cool, calm, collected facade I've perfected over the years. Because the thing that scares me most of all is the thought that I won't be able to hold it all together. -Greer

  I'm irritated, but I guess I also understand.  Being a huntress is my entire life.  Family is nonexistent and school is more of a necessary evil than a priority.  For my sisters, things are different.  If I want them to keep as much normalcy in their lives as they can, then I can't exactly begrudge them trying to do that. -Gretchen

  I smile.  Now Gretchen is back, I know everything is going to be fine.  Whatever changed while she was inside, we'll get through it.  We'll figure it out.  Together. -Grace


  1. Great review! I loved this book. I like how we get to read each girl's POV and there is action in each chapter. ;)

  2. You know, I was not a huge fan of the first book, Sweet Venom! I usually like books dealing with mythology, but Sweet Venom wasn't my thing. I might have to try it again, because you really liked Sweet Shadows! I shall see :D

    Nice review, Tiffany!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. I'm curious about this series now and might give it a try. Thanks for your thoughts!

  4. I love mythology books and I have been wanting to read Sweet Venom for a while now. I somehow didn't realize a sequel had come out! I need to pick these up!!

  5. Tera Lynn Childs is a master at multiple POV's. I am a huge fan of multiple POV's, so I am always excited to run across them. But I have learned that this is not an easy thing to get right. This author does not have a single problem getting it right. For a book with 3 MC's with names that are very similar, I never once had a hard time knowing who was who. Everything about this book is great. I love the first book. This one is ramped up even more. I can't wait for Sweet Legacy in September!

  6. cant wait to read any Tera's book, you tigger my excitement :)

  7. I love mythology, so these books sound right up my alley. And I'm a big fan of multiple POVs (especially when seeing the same scene interpreted through different viewpoints), so I can't wait to read them.

  8. i hope this book will be translated into indonesian language like other tera lynn childs books...
    love ur review !! :)

  9. Oooh, sounds like another good one! I'm loving all the mermaid books your introducing me to this month! :)

    ~Andrea @ Beauty but a Funny Girl

  10. It's great that Childs writes strong characters with diverse voices as it's much easier to distinguish them in books with multiple POVs. This is a tricky thing for some authors, but I'm glad to know she's done a good job! Will check this book out.


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