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Friday, August 17, 2012

Jaime's Review of Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Shadows
Tera Lynn Childs
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper)
ISBN: 0062001833
Source: ARC from The San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review
Rating: Liked
From Goodreads.

Three teenage descendants of Medusa, now united, must claim their heritage to fight the monsters escaped from the abyss. 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. 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?

I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about Sweet Shadows for a few days now. Tera’s writing is very sweet and funny. This is a great book if you’re not looking for a tear jerker or something that’ll make you feel like you’re being pulled in many different directions. It is also a quick read if you’re looking for that.

The story picks up immediately after Sweet Venom in fact there even seemed to be some overlap from the different POV’s in the story. I still can’t stand Greer the snobby rich triplet and Grace has started to grow on me. My favorite POV is still the butt kicking, no-nonsense Gretchen she’s just one awesome heroine! Also there’s like no love story in this. I mean there are boys and the girls like them but, I felt absolutely no connection to them.

Overall this story was a good (cute) quick read that I’d suggest to fans of Tera’s other books.

I chose a passage from Gretchen’s POV with a boy Nick who is pretty cool.

I pull my long-sleeve tee down at one wrist, securing it tight against my arm. I wish I still had my leather jacket. “Shield me,” I say as I turn and lift my elbow. One swift jab to the glass and we’ll be inside before I can say Bring it, beastie.

“Whoa, hold on there, eager beaver.” Nick stops my momentum and tugs me away from the door. “Violence isn’t always the answer.”

He reaches into his back pocket and pulls out something small and shiny. I can’t tell exactly what it is, but he steps up to the door and grabs the handle. “You,” he says with a smirk, “shield me.”

I scowl and then turn to face the sidewalk, keeping him at my back and hiding his actions from the view of the passersby. I hear the faint scrape of metal on metal. A few seconds later, a quiet whine announces his success. I turn around just in time to see the door swing open.

He flashes me a cocky grin. “After you.”

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  1. I still haven't read the first book in this series, but I definitely should very soon. Sounds fun, just like the author's other YA series! Nice review!

  2. I'm sorry you didn't like this one as much. It kind of seems like it suffers from Second Book Syndrome right? I also HATE when I can't relate to the characters it just distracts me from even remotely liking the book sometimes. Thanks for the review! I still have to read the first book but I'll definitely keep this in mind! :)

  3. Thanks for the review! I am looking forward to reading this and already have it on preorder :-)


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