Friday, October 25, 2013

[Book Review] Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs

Summary (from Goodreads):

The stunning conclusion of Tera Lynn Childs's Greek mythology–based Sweet Venom trilogy is perfect for teen fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.

The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and the gods of Olympus descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves.

Greer must use her second sight to step up and prevent anything from stopping her sisters' mission, even though a god is playing with her mind. Grace wants to trust her adopted brother, Thane; but will his secret put the girls in even more danger? And Gretchen has trained her sisters to stop the monsters, but her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imagined.What will the girls' immortal legacy be? Three teenage descendants of Medusa must unite to restore balance to the world in this action-packed series with plenty of romance.

I was so excited to get this book in my hands. I read the first 40 pages online at Barnes and Noble and was tortured with not being able to read the rest. To make it worse, when I went to Tera Lynn Childs’ book signing, she read a scene from the middle of the book that was pretty intense and then... she stopped. I was able to finish the book in a matter of days, but because of school and other things, I haven’t really felt inspired to write a book review. But with NaNoWriMo around the corner, I needed to find something to throw me back into the writing world. So, here are some of my thoughts about the book...


Being the last book in the trilogy, I felt like it was the strongest. It had to be. Every thing came to a close (or did it? You’ll have to read to find out). Being a fan of Tera (and constantly going to her book signings when she is in the area), I’ve learned a few things about how this series differs from her other YA series. She started her other series (Oh. My. Gods. & Forgive My Fins) thinking they were just stand alones. Later she was asked by her publisher to add on to those books, but it wasn’t planned. Opposite to those books, Medusa Girls was contracted as a trilogy.

In my opinion, that is what makes it Tera Lynn Child’s best series. She for saw (for the most part) what the series would about and she wrote it. 


I love that this is a series about three different girls with different lives and different personalities. It makes the series fun. In a way, it feels like I am reading three      
different books because each chapter is told from a each girl’s point of view.

The boys each brought something to the story too. While I did have a favorite of the boys, The other boys were also entertaining.   


The relationships are what really made the book for me. There’s the relationship the sisters have with each other. The relationships the sisters have with the boys (romance, friendship, banter). The relationship they have with the monsters. 

The relationship the girls have with each other. They haven’t known each other that long. Yet, their closeness and willingness to do anything to protect each other makes it seem like they’ve been in each other’s lives a very long time.  


I felt like the romance in this series wasn’t as strong as the ones in her other series, but the relationship and friendships made up for it. With that being said, I did enjoy each of the three romances she put in the series. Each of the romances had it’s own reason for being. Each romance made sense. 

Creative way of writing: 

I always find myself impressed when a book is written so that the storyline is only a few weeks. In my own writing, I always want to fast forward time. So, I always admire when a writer can do what I can’t. Tera Lynn Childs does this for not one book, not two, but three. Maybe it wasn’t difficult for her, but she still deserves praise for doing a really great job at yet another series. 

5 out of 5 stars to Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs 

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