Friday, August 3, 2012

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Grace's family has just moved to San Francisco so that she can attend an exclusive school.  She is adjusting to her new life and is especially interested in her brother's new friend, but things turn upside down for her when she starts seeing monsters that no one else can see.  While reeling from a minotaur sighting, she runs into Gretchen who can also see the monsters and who looks exactly like her.  The girls determine that they are twins who were separated at birth.  Unlike Grace, Gretchen has always seen the creatures and has been fighting them for the last four years.  Thanks to her mentor Gretchen knows that she is a descendent of Medusa and that her job is to help protect humans from the monsters.  Until recently they have only shown up one at a time but something is happening.  Gretchen's mentor is missing, the creatures are appearing in the daytime and a boy at school isn't suseptible to Gretchen's hypnosis.  And thanks to Grace's research into their heritage, the girls know that they actually have another sister out there somewhere.  This book reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is a GREAT thing!  The action moves quickly and all three girls are interesting characters.  I wish that we knew a little more about the boys in the book because they obviously have their own secrets...