Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cover Review (12): Sweet Venom

Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by Tawni at The Book Worms where a beautiful cover is featured each week for all of us to admire. I am going to use my Cover Crazy posts as an opportunity to review a book cover I love or review any cover (even the ones I don't love) from a book I've read. 

This week's Cover Crazy is for a very special Cover Reveal of Tera Lynn Childs' upcoming book:  

Sweet Venom

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Sweet Venom is set for publication on October 4, 2011 and will be the first part in a new series that sounds absolutely squee-inducing fan-freaking-tastic: 

Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in a world where monsters lurk in plain sight.
New series, in which triplet descendants of Medusa learn they are destined to guard the door between the world of monsters and the world of men – pitched as a mythological Charmed.

A trio of kick butt girls? Monsters? Greek mythology? A sympathetic look at Medusa? Oh my gosh I am SO dying for this series! I loved Tera's mermaid book Forgive My Fins, and now I can't wait to see what she does with this new storyline!

Want more information? 
Check out Sweet Venom on Goodreads
Check out Tera's new Sweet Venom site
Check out the trilogy's new Facebook page

Despite the fact that I'm a huge book pusher and I enjoy proclaiming to the world my undying devotion to all book things that make me happy, I still live in the dark ages so I don't use Twitter. If anyone would like to tweet (tweet, right? I feel like an old person using kid slang!) about this cover post, I'd appreciate that and I'm sure the author would as well.

Now for the cover review, because this cover is totally making me crazy (in a really good way)! I just want to hold the book in my hands. I mean, look at it! First off, I'm loving the colors. I know, I know, there isn't a speck of pink anywhere, but green is such a perfect color for descendants of Medusa.

I am so happy the girl's face isn't visible. It makes me really curious to read the book and find out which sister is pictured and why her out of the three sisters. Given that it is a trilogy and there are three sisters, I wonder if each book will focus on each of the sisters in some way. I like that she looks sweet and innocent, and yet....there's something about her that makes me think there's more to her than meets the eye.

Like, that hair, for instance. At first glance it looks just like a normal braid, right? Then again, Medusa wasn't exactly known for having normal hair. In fact, a head full of snakes is probably just about as far away from "normal hair" as you can get! This girl's hair is clearly hair and not a nest of snakes, but there's something about it that just looks alive, don't you think?

Those tendrils at the end almost look like they are writhing around on their own. That long piece to the far right makes me think of a snake's forked tongue. Yes, I think there is far more to this girl than is shown and I want to read the book to find out all about her and her secrets.

The title font and swirls add the perfect final touch to this cover. The pretty swirls (I am in love with curlicue swirls) add a dash of femininity and sweetness, but the title font almost looks like metal. The font is hard and pointed, making me think that the girl has a good deal of backbone and may actually turn out to be quite dangerous.

I love the contrasts between the words "Sweet" and "Venom," the metallic font and the girly font decoration, and the sweetly innocent looking girl with her slightly sinister hair. 

This is a fantastic cover and has me absolutely itching to get my hands on a copy!

How about you? What do you think about this cover?
Do you like it? Dislike it? 
Does it make you want to read the book?

Interested in covers? 
Be sure to check out another Cover Crazy post by Gina from My Precious.

Previous Cover Crazy posts:
More of my Cover Crazy posts


  1. I think it's a gorgeous cover. I'm curious though - I've read one book by Childs and it was very light and fluffy. This doesn't look like a light and fluffy cover. I hope the tone of the book matches the cover.

  2. I just saw this on Goodreads. Love the cover and the sound of the new series! Can't wait to read it!

  3. This sounds so good! It's going in my TBR pile right now. I love the end of the braid, the hair looks like it is going to jump up and strike me at any moment.

  4. I love this cover. :) It's beautiful.

    ps: I live in the the dark ages too. Twitter? Nope not for me. :)

  5. I adore this cover! I love how subtle the hair situation is, like maybe if you didn't know it related to Medusa you might not pay attention to it, but it's definitely got a mind of it's own in this picture. Can't wait for this book, thanks for sharing the cover!

  6. This cover looks great! I will put it down on my tbr pile.

  7. Thanks for commenting on my Cover Crazy post. I might have never seen your blog otherwise! *follows*

    I never knew that Childs had this series coming out! I've read her other books and have been looking forward to Fins are Forever. I LOVE Greek mythology. A book focusing on a dark character, Medusa? OMG, YES PLEASE!

    You asked us to Tweet the cover. I don't have Twitter either, but I'll make a blog entry focusing on this cover the way I did last week when Ally Carter posted the new Heist Society cover.

    AH, October is so far away! At least it's not next year...

    What caught my eye first was that the braid seemed sort of alive at the end--and then I read about Medusa. OMG, yes, yes, yes. Between this book and Rick Riordan's Son of Neptune, October will be such a happy month for me!

  8. I love how detailed all your Cover Crazy posts are! I agree about liking that you can't see the girl's face and the touch of the swirls too. Also, the hearts for valentine's day in your header are cute :D

  9. Okay, I posted the cover on my blog AND linked back to you as being the reason I knew about this :)


  10. Been seeing this cover everywhere today and I love it.

  11. Great pick!
    This is a gorgeous cover. I love how the hair curls like the font =)

  12. Learning that this book's about descendants of Medusa definitely makes the girl's braid seem even more ominous than it is. Those few pieces at the end really give it movement. Adding this to my ptr!

  13. Oh this cover is cool! The woman's body is backlit, making it look like she's staring off into a deep abyss. In addition, I agree with you, the braid looks alive. Most braids hand straight down a person's back but this one is curved into the letter "C" giving it motion like the motion a snake would make as it slithered.

    Nice presentation!

  14. I love your "Cover Crazy"s-you analyze everything and really make me think deeper about a cover beyond: "pretty...me want now."

  15. This cover looks amazing!!
    I love it, and you're SO right, the girl's hair looks alive!!

    And I can't wait for this book, I loved the Goddess series - though I was a bit iffy about Forgive My Fins, didn't love it all that much - and this one sounds simply amazing.


  16. Alison, I’ve only read Forgive My Fins and that was very light and fluffy. I agree, this cover looks much darker. I get a Sister’s Red vibe from the book. A little dark and gritty, but still light and fun.

    Leanna, Me too! I really like the idea for this series.

    Henrietta, Haha, yes! I can picture the hair doing just that.

    Nina, Glad to hear I’m not the only one not on Twitter! Sometimes it feels that way. :P

    Jenny, I really like the subtlety too. I wonder what I would think of the cover if I didn’t already know the plot.

    Savannah, I hope you enjoy it!

    A Backwards Story, You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting back and following! :) I love it when authors make villains the protagonists. I’m so curious to see how she does this, especially since it’s not focusing on Medusa herself, but on her descendants. I’m right there with you about Fins are Forever and Greek mythology! It looks like 2011 is going to be a great year for Greed myths (there are a whole bunch of Hades books coming out!) You are beyond awesome with your cover post! Thanks so much!

  17. Stephanie, Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy them. Thank you for your comment about the Valentine’s hearts :) I kept forgetting to put them up!

    Jenny N, Me too! Every time I sign onto Goodreads I’ve seen it. :)

    Books for Company, Me too. I think the font is perfect for this cover.

    Laura, I hope you enjoy the book! Her hair really does seem ominous. I wonder if she’ll be all good, or maybe a little bad too.
    Gina, Ooh you’re right about the lighting! I love your cover observations. You’re right too about the C shape. The whole braid looks like the body of a snake moving on its own.

    Bookworm, Thank you! I’m so glad you like them :) Usually it takes me a while to get past the “Pretty!” and start looking deeper :P

    Alex, Oh good, I’m glad you mentioned liking her Goddess books. I haven’t read them yet, but I want to. Hopefully this new series about a Greek goddess will re-spark interest in her older Greek gods series.

  18. I, too, am going crazy for this cover. This is a job well done by the design team. I love how her hair seems to just twitch across her back and the hard and soft contrasts with the font/swirls is just perfect. Beautiful!

  19. Awesome analysis of the cover. Lol, you definitely did a better job than me :)

  20. Logan, Yes, I think the design team did a great job with this cover. I'm really curious to see how well the cover matches the contents of the book.

    A Canadian Girl, Thank you! Not better, just different :)

  21. Oh thank you for showing this one to me!!! I loved Greek mythology when I was young. Medusa's punishment was unjust I believe so I'd love to read about her daughters. Maybe seeking a little revenge... Maybe let a monster out to reek havoc on Olympus???? Wonder who fathered them? Must have been blind. Anyway, the cover is fantastic. And yes, the hair looks alive, curiously snake like and yet like hair. And the background is completely dark so you don't know what's back there- Mommy Dearest??? I can't wait to see how she went with this...


  22. Great cover! I am also really excited about this series.

    Reading Lark's Cover Crazy

  23. Heather, I so agree with you about Medusa's punishment being unjust. Seriously! Poor woman. LOL! You made me almost spit on my screen thinking about their must-have-been-blind father! I love all your questions about the book. You're making me even more excited to read the book and see which direction the author chose to go in.

    Andrea, Me too!

  24. Love this cover too! I agree with your idea that each book in the trilogy will focus on one of the sisters.

  25. Tera Lynn Childs has confirmed it! The girl on this cover is apparently the meekest and sweetest of the sisters.


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