Friday, October 26, 2012

Review - Sweet Shadows (The Medusa Girls, Book 2) by Tera Lynn Child (4/5 stars)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 336 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: September 4, 2012
ISBN: 978-0062001832
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Medusa Girls series
Source: Borrowed through Library
Rating: 4/5 stars

This is the second book in the Medusa Girls trilogy. It was an excellent read and I really enjoyed it. Lots of action and some interesting mythology as well.

Gretchen, Greer, and Grace couldn’t be more different but their mission is the same. These triplets must fight to save San Francisco from the monsters who threaten to overrun it. As more and more of their mentors are captured by the enemy, they are forced to enter the Abyss to save the city and those they love.

The book switches viewpoint between Gretchen, Greer, and Grace. Child does an excellent job of giving the girls very distinct voices without making them sound stereotypical. Gretchen is the kick-butt fighter who’s been fighting monsters her whole life. Greer is the rich socialite with neglectful parents. Grace is the somewhat geeky sister with a relatively normal family life. Each sister had her own set of struggles she is dealing with even though the mission is the same.

In this book the sisters find out more about the upcoming war and what their part in it will be. Things end up being much more complicated then they seemed in the first book, Sweet Venom. There are a bevy of Gods involved and each has their own ideas on how to use Medusa’s descendants to their best advantage.

I really enjoyed the monster hunting and all of the wonderful action scenes throughout the story. I enjoyed getting to finally enter the Abyss with the sisters and see what kind of creatures dwelt there. I also really loved all of the mythology in this book; there is some interesting Greek mythology and it ties in wonderfully with the story.

Although each of the sisters kind of has a love interest this is more of an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance. Most of the sisters’ time is spent staying alive and unraveling the secret of the door than anything else.

This was a very easy and fun read. It is also a clean read; there are some fight scenes and some kissing but I think it would be appropriate for middle grade and older. It was awesome to get a great monster hunting type of story without all of the gore and language.

Overall a wonderful continuation of this series. The different POVs of the three sisters works really well and I enjoyed all of the monster hunting and mythology throughout. Recommended to those who love YA urban fantasy and mythology. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what the third book in the series, Sweet Legacy, will hold.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge
- 150+ Books Reading Challenge

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