Sunday, July 08, 2012
Book Review: Sweet Venom by Tara Lynn Childs
Interestingly, I don't have a lot to say about this book. I liked it; it's got an interesting premise, good execution of that premise, and three main characters who manage to be wildly different yet clearly similar. Each chapter is told in first-person from the POV of one of the sisters, and their differences in worldview and priorities kept me from having to double-check the chapter header to remind myself which sister was talking.
The ending kind of snuck up on me; there's not a sense of winding towards an ending of this installment, like you get in a lot of series works. Rather, this makes a mad dash to the end of the book and yells at you to follow into the next one (which isn't available yet--of course) at the same headlong pace as the rest of the book. It gives a sense of being one story broken into chunks rather than three separate stories which happen to have an overarching unity. Yet the end wasn't unsatisfying; quite the opposite. It set up the next book without quite being a cliffhanger or reaching any conclusion, which is quite a feat.
While not as OMGBBQPONIES as some of the other YA I've read recently, this is a solid, well-written effort and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
4/5 stars (a note on my rating system)