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Sara's Review: Fangs and Fennel (The Venom Trilogy #2) by Shannon Mayer


Publisher: 47North

Released: January 10, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Length: 258 pages

Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook

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The delicious sequel to Venom and Vanilla, from USA Today bestselling author Shannon Mayer.

Alena Budrene is not just a gifted Seattle baker—she’s also a supernatural. Having survived the virus that made her transformation necessary and outwitted an attack by a Greek hero, she’s ready to settle down and deal with the challenges of living as a “Super Duper.”

But nothing is easy for a woman who can turn into a giant snake. Threatened by her unprecedented strength, Alena’s enemies team up against her. What’s next on the menu? The duplicitous demigod Theseus—backed by a ruthless vampire gang and the power-hungry goddess Hera—is determined to lure her into a glorious, and rather public, battle to the death.

Now humans, even the ones Alena risks her life to protect, are afraid to acknowledge her existence. And when the friends who once rallied around her begin to fall prey to Theseus’s manipulative schemes, Alena realizes she must act before she loses everything. But will the price of success be too high to pay?

3.5 Boundless Stars

I voluntarily received a copy of Fangs and Fennel for an honest review via NetGalley. While this still isn’t my favorite series of Shannon’s I liked the second book in the series better than the first. Alena really starts to come into her own in book two and realizes that she is powerful and can do things without aid. I liked that. I liked that she became more assertive and could find her own inner strength. She is finally accepting what she has become instead of fighting against it.

“A Drakaina,…a woman siren who could shift into a giant venomous snake at will”

I especially enjoyed how she used her siren abilities, I think she could have loads of fun with it. Maybe the next book?

The mythos that Shannon created with Alena is interesting however, if I wasn’t on her ARC team I wouldn’t read it. One, because it revolves around Greek Mythology which I am not in the mood for and two, it has vampires, which I have no desire to read about at all. With that said this book was still very enjoyable. It’s loaded with action, funny banter and a heroin that you can’t help but really like, so for me it gets a 3.5 Boundless stars.

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