Venom & Vanilla by Shannon Mayer

shannon-mayer-2a-venom-and-vanillaSuccessful 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 beings 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?


Genre: Paranormal & Urban
Title: Venom and Vanilla
Series: The Venom Trilogy #1
Author: Shannon Mayer
Publisher: 47North

Source: NetGalley
Pages: 242
Date: 11.1.16
Rating: 4/5

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Dear Reader,

Shannon Mayer became a huge favorite of mine when I discovered her Rylee Adamson series, so of course when I saw this new series, I had to try it out! I’m so glad I did.

The world she’s built up was great and fed my Dystopian little self. I’ve always loved those stories that combine reality with the Other world, and this one puts them together in a really scary, intimidating (and quite realistic) way.

When Supes are found to be extremely real, what better reaction from the humans than to build up a wall and isolate all the ‘healthy people’ from the diseased and carriers?

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Just the world alone make me love this thing, but the plot was also just as interesting. It brought back the Greeks and the monsters I’ve missed since Perry Jackson. Now, for the characters themselves…

I had to get used to them because the MC’s a religious believer who calls Supes “Super Dupers” (thank you, MC’s church, for coming up with a nickname that reflects the level of maturity you approach an entire ‘other’ world with) so at times I just couldn’t take her seriously, but it always lead me to other thoughts that eventually made me appreciate this thing more.

While the overall plot was great, the pacing itself seemed a little fast, particularly when she ventured to all these groups of Supes; her important meetings with them felt rushed, and it took me a while to adjust to the more improbable foundation of this plot since it was almost a secret up until the big reveal. I don’t know. Maybe I just need to reread this again, but the first impression was both jarring and entertaining.

I loved the ending and I will say that the story only got better the further in I got. Definitely a book to check out if you’re a fan of Mayer or just enjoy shifter P&U’s with that Dystopia flavor. God knows I’m going to read the second installment.

Happy Reading,

A Little Darling

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