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Sweet Shadows: 03/09/18

Sweet Shadows

Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs is the second of the Medusa Girls. The three sisters have been reunited and have been trying to balance their lives as sisters, as teens, and as heroes. Gretchen, the most experienced of the sisters is trying to train Greer and Grace.

The three begin to develop separate powers. Gretchen is the fighter and has strength. Greer, the socialite, sees things. Grace who is worried about her missing brother, can teleport. With a trio of magical girls and the San Francisco-ish setting, I can't help but think of Charmed but with a different backstory.

Monsters have been slipping into San Francisco for some time; that's why Gretchen is here. Presumably that's also why the other sisters have adopted families who have moved them here too. What is different, though, is the rate at which they've been entering. It should be a once in a while thing but now they are streaming in.

Now, though, if this were just another take on the power of three, or a Charmed pastiche, the three sisters would never leave the City. But they do. The last third of the novel is a complete change in direction and opens up the world building beyond an alternate San Francisco, to an entirely different dimension.

The third book Sweet Legacy will be set in that alternate dimension. It is because of how the land of the monsters is described, albeit briefly in Sweet Shadows that novel earned four instead of three stars, and is the reason why I want to finish reading the trilogy.

Four stars

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