Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs


                 Retractable fangs, hypnotic powers, twin sisters, and endless monsters to fight are some of the perk

                 Retractable fangs, hypnotic powers, twin sisters, and endless monsters to fight are some of the perks of being a descendant of Medusa. Sure, it might not be handy to run into a harpy during a date; or try to explain to your parents why there was a troll in your driveway last night. In Tera Lynn Childs’ Sweet Shadows, Gretchen, Greer, and Grace face these challenges on a daily basis. The three sisters are triplets that were separated at birth and grew up in different houses. Gretchen's parents were always drunk, therefore she had to fend for herself. Greer's parents have money coming out of their ears, but don't have any time for their only daughter. Grace is very close to her family, and feels terrible about lying to them. Despite these family challenges, the triplets push aside their problems and focus on saving the world.

                 Each sister possesses different talents and traits, but when together, they make a kick butt monster fighting team. They soon find out that they are the Key Generation, and play a very important role in the mythical world. Will they choose the right side and save the day? Or ditch their destiny?

               This novel really makes you think about family. In Sweet Shadows, family is the only thing the sisters have. Leaving their families behind is like jumping off of a lifeboat. But they might just have to leave behind their loved ones for the fate of the world. How selfless is that?

                 Sweet Shadows is the sequel to Sweet Venom, and I strongly suggest that you read them in order. I was immensely confused in the beginning, because I didn’t read the first book. Reading the first book would make the second more enjoyable, but you can catch on to the story line after a bit. As you get closer to the end, the action becomes sparse, and I had a hard time getting into it. The end definitely leaves you wanting a trilogy. I recommend this novel for eleven and up, because of violence and language. If you’ve got spare time, you should definitely put Sweet Shadows on your book list.