Sara's Review: Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy #1) by Shannon Mayer
Released: November 1st 2016
Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy
Length: 240 pages
Format: ebook, paperback, Audible
Successful Seattle baker Alena Budrene doesn’t want to die. But when she’s infected with a lethal virus spread by supernatural beings, her only chance for recovery is to make a deal with the devil—or in this case, a warlock. Though he saves her life, it looks nothing like the life she once knew—and neither does she. Alena is a new breed of “Supe” no one has ever seen before. Even the supernatural police don’t know what she is. Now exiled to the northern side of the Wall, which marks the divide between humans and Supes, Alena is thrust into a dark and magical new world. But just as she begins to adjust to all things supernatural, she realizes that her transformation is the least of her worries—and it was no accident. She was chosen…to be killed by a Greek hero trying to make a name for himself once more. Alena was brought up to be subservient, preferring creating to fighting, and vanilla and honey to blood. But that was then. Now, to survive, she must stand up for herself—and this time she’s got fangs. But will she be ready to use them?
Three Boundless Stars
I was provided a copy of Venom and Vanilla in exchange for an honest review. I am apart of Shannon’s ARC team and this is the first book that I didn’t just love. But, I think it has more to do with me and my tastes lately than the book.
This story weaves supernatural and Greek Mythology in a truly unique way. It's very fun and fast paced, which is indicative to Shannon’s books. The issues I have are due to series I have read in the past; I am over anything that even mentions the word vampire. I want to immediately put the book down and never touch it again. Luckily, vampires aren’t the starring role in this story.
Greek mythology is something I have to be in the mood for and lately I have not been in the mood. So this story, got a bit of a double dose of not interested from me. Yet I persevered. Being on the ARC team I really had to.
Again the book is funny, witty, fast paced, and Alena is shaping up to be another kick-ass heroin. One that will be forever minted into Shannon’s hall of most Kick-ass female chicks ever written.
I just had a hard time getting into the story; yet with that it still gets 3 Boundless Stars, I liked it and we will see where it goes from here.