Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

From Hicklebee’s: 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 in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

This is one of those books that came in the mail and I read the synopsis and thought “hmmm its either going to be really good, or really, really bad”. I haven’t read Tera before this, but I have heard a great many good things about her goddess in training series.

From the moment you open the book you are transported to an urban fantasy metropolis. Since the story was set in San Francisco I was able to follow the sisters on their escapades in a highly visual way. Gretchen had been raised a monster hunter, she knew how to do it all and she didn’t need anyone else; or so she told herself. Grace, after just moving to San Francisco to go to a fancy school spots Gretchen and the pair silently freak out. Gretchen pretty much kidnaps grace and takes her to her flat. This is where Grace finds out she is a descendent of Medusa, that all those bad things said about Medusa was just bad PR because she was so beautiful she stole a god away from his goddess. Grace readily accepts her destiny, even though Gretchen doesn’t want her to.

Together the pair train and locate Greer, who had been raised as San Francisco elite. Greer was extremely hesitant to even speak with the two girls who looked exactly like her (except not a put together, obviously) and kicks them out with a warning.

From here the book picks up at a break-neck pace we learn so much about the girls, their destiny, and what is really going on over in god-land.

I loved this book for so many reasons. The multiple PoV was refreshing and not rehashing the same scene through three different eyes. The girls were all well fleshed out with a unique personality. You got to see more than just the character traits, Childs has a way of showing character emotion. The gods, and goddesses and other lore. If you love Greek anything this book is like a trip to the candy store.

Highly recommended.

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Forever cover reveal and Maggie has an awesome contest

So Maggie Stiefvater the awesome and talented and kick-ass-jeans-wearing author of Shiver and Linger and Lament and Ballad is having an awesome contest to celebrate the Forever cover reveal. This cover is my favorite so far I have to say. I love the red and the wolf and hello is Sam wearing some Diesel Jeans there? You can get all the info on how to enter said awesome contest by visiting Maggie’s Blog that has an ever more awesome and bigger image of Forever, and then come back and answer my question about Sam’s jeans. I asked on Twitter and Maggie doesn’t know yet if the font is going to be red like the cover but I am assuming that it will, but I have been known to be wrong before (okay so I am wrong most of the time). Celebrate Forever and make your own post!

Also the most fun thing and as soon as I am done with this post I am heading over to the Fountain Bookstore site and ordering my copy of Forever signed by Maggie *squee*. Seriously folks consider buying from Fountain. They are an awesome indie, I have been in the store and the staff are amazing. Shop Indie! Click here to get your signed copy of Forever from Fountain!

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Review Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor’s daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself – and others – in order to be set free. And love may be the key…

Imagine growing up in Victorian times with a brother who loathed you, a mother who wished you were more girly, and a father who dotes on you and leaves you verily unprepared for life after he is gone. We meet Lousia Cosgrove on her way to a position as a companion for a rich young lady. Her family hopes this will teach Louisa to give up on her thoughts of becoming a doctor like her late father and become more of a lady. In essence to become marriageable.

Instead of arriving at a mansion Louisa is admitted to a mental hospital called Wildthorn Hall. Louisa is told she is mad, that her name isn’t even Louisa Cosgrove. Her name is Lucy Childs. That her family sent her to Wildthorn to heal. To remember who she truly is so she can go home.

Louisa is rocked mentally and abused physically by the brutish matrons in Wildthorn, save for one. Elisa is generally nice to Louisa even though she still calls her “Miss Childs”.

Wildthorn is a creepy Gothic Victorian tale of forbidden love, lesbian themes and the hope as a woman to be more than a tea stirrer. To be more than a breeding tool that supervises how much sugar the household has used in the past month. Louisa dares to love, dares to have a dream and for that she is committed to an institution as mad.

The question remains, is Louisa mad or is this all a conspiracy so vile from her family that she herself cannot fathom the motives.

If you like Jane Eyre, or Wuthering Heights I do so believe you will love Wildthorn Hall.

FTC Disclosure: This digital book was given to me for a short period by Netgalley at behest of the publisher.

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