Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs

Series: Medusa Girls (bk. 3)
Genera: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Subjects: supernatural, Greek Mythology, gods and goddesses, mythology, magic, gorgons, love, monsters, San Francisco, California, sisters
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 376 pgs.
HC/PB: Hardcover
List Price: $17.99
Publisher: HaperTeen: Katherine Tegen
Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review: Final books are always hard to read, and even harder to review. Especially when they’re in one of your favorite series. I love the Medusa Girls series. They’re like a cross between Charmed (the TV show) and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Three triplet sisters, living in San Francisco, battling monsters and gods of myth, and part of a prophecy. It was awesome from start to finish.
The character voices are all very distinct and well developed. They all grow in their own way. I’d say that Greer changed the most. She started out a prim and preppy girl so focused on her social life. She becomes loyal and brave, and accepts her destiny. She also had a romance start with Grace foster brother, which was totally awesome.
 Gretchen also changed. She was so closed and angry and hated monsters in the beginning. She realized not all the monsters of the abyss are bad. She befriended Sillus, a talking monkey-like creature. She also started to fall in love with Nick. Grace became more brave and less shy. She’s probably the character I relate to the most. I’m not a computer genius (but I use computers a lot), I just have her kind of personality. Shy and geeky. Her relationship with Milo developed.
The three guys are also very different. We never get their perspectives. I hope we get a novella of either Thane or Nick. Nick is very charming. Thane is an introvert and a bit secretive. Milo’s an athlete and a normal guy. I love all the characters. They are definitely lovable, and I wish they were real people, because I’d want to be friends.  I really wish Sweet Venom was an ABC or CW TV show because it’d be perfect (and not just a Charmed knock-off!).
Sweet legacy did have it’s surprises and wow moments. There were a few cliché things, but the story itself was so good that I didn’t care. This series is a real escape and just as good as Percy Jackson (but more girly). I got the feels for the romance. I really want to gush about it, but I don’t want to spoil everything. This finale is true to the nature of the series. It’s fun, romantic, and written in a very fast-paced, readable way. The ending was epic and satisfying, but left me feeling like there’s more to the story. This trilogy may be over, but who’s to say that there won’t be a novella or a spin-off? I’m missing the characters already.

Cover Art Review: It’s a nice photo, but not very unique, except for the title. But it fits well with the series.

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