Venom & Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy, #1) by Shannon Mayer

Venom & Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy, #1)

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 ex...


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TitleVenom & Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy, #1)
Author
Release DateNov 1st, 2016
Publisher47North
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Romance, Magic
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Reviews Venom & Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy, #1)

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2017-08-30
    Venom & Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy #1) by Shannon Mayer is a fantasy audible book I fell in love with! Our gal is dying from a plague that is sweeping the country. There is a wall built keeping the supernaturals on one side and the normal people on the other. Only those with a touch of supernatural blood can get sick or if they are exposed to the the sick person. Our gal is dying and ca her friend tells her she knows a wizard can make her into a ...
  • Carmel (Rabid Reads)
    2016-10-09
    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.In an attempt to not judge this book by the same standard as Shannon Mayer’s other titles, I constantly readjusted my mindset while reading VENOM AND VANILLA. The tone was very light, I’d describe it as an Urban Fantasy parody, and the protagonist is a Firstamentalist (think religious zealot meets goody-goody). But, try as I may, the insta-heroine, mythology leaps, and shaky pacing just didn’t work for me.I enjoyed ...
  • Hannah
    2017-03-27
    I'm rating this book 3.75 stars. When i first started reading this book I had a difficult time with Alena. It really irritated me the way she believed. That all supernaturals were evil and she had very occult like beliefs. Fortunately, this book got a lot better and better as i read on. Alena slowly became un-victim like and shed some of those opinions about supernaturals and everything else. I really got into this book even though it took a whil...
  • Lillian ᴥ Cloud 9 Books
    2016-12-07
    ***** 4 Stars *****Venom & Vanilla is one crazy ride. There's vampires, sirens, werewolves, and mystical gods. If you can think of anything supernatural, they exist in this world. The story is told in Alena's point of view. A young woman that constantly follows rules... until she gets a deadly disease and later gets left alone to die in a hospital.As she prepares for her final days, she gets a chance to live one more time. But she has to turn int...
  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    2017-05-28
    Here's the thing - the story was decent, but the heroine was a complete and utter twat. And here's another thing - swearing is okay, actually it's great. It can add passion to a dialogue and really make you feel the heightened emotions of a character. What doesn't do either of those things is a character (an adult character) using words like frick, frack and butthole instead of swearwords. It wasn't endearing or cute, it was fucking stupid and so...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2016-10-26
    Not sure this was the book for me. I just had a hard time getting into it but it did have a fun and unique concept and design.
  • Jeanny
    2016-09-22
    eARC kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.DNF 31% I couldn't go on. It was an impossible task. I simply hated the h more more as the pages continued everything about her upset me.
  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    2017-09-01
    A decent book. Interesting world building. The heroine is a early version of Anitra Blake, a little self righteous, but not as annoying about it.I hate injustice. So the inequality bugs me to no end; probably enough that I lost a little enjoyment. Here is hoping that the inequality doesn't last until the final pages of the trilogy.
  • Mei
    2016-10-25
    What other disaster could happen to a poor innocent girl?Oh, this was such a fun read! Very unusual and mixing many genres! There're ancient Greek heroes, minotaurs, cupids, Greek gods, Satyrs, vampires, werewolfves, witches... What more could you want? LOLIt follows the story of Alena, a successful owner of a pastry shop who catched a deadly virus an is preparing to die a horrible death.And if that wasn't enough, her douchebag of a fiancee tells...
  • Angel Erin
    2016-10-26
    http://angelerin.blogspot.com/2016/10...Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of Venom & Vanilla By: Shannon Mayer in exchange for an honest review. Short Review Summary:Not for me at all.Well Venom & Vanilla is not what I was expecting, and not in a good way. I made it maybe about 60-70% through before I had to give up on it. I couldn't take it seriously! Some of the things that happened are too silly to be believable. I don't c...
  • Obsidian
    2016-12-01
    I did not finish this and stopped at 24 percent. I received this book for free for November's Kindle single or whatever it's called on Amazon. I just really wish I had passed on this book. The world building was non-existent and we were just thrown facts our way. And I am sorry, reading about how after a change was done to Alena and how sexy she was and how people were staring at her and or wanting to have sex with her was too much. The book star...
  • clara
    2016-10-25
    Thanks, amazon, for recommending me with kindle first the most laughably terrible book that I've read in years. I almost rated this two stars for the enjoyment of making all my friends suffer by posting screenshots in the group chat. If this book is a parody, I'm impressed at the author's masterful touch in creating such a terrible, terrible book. In this book, the main character frequently uses the words 'fricky dicky' to swear and refers to sup...
  • Lara
    2016-09-23
    This book is hard for me to review as it is a bit over-the-top and full of WTFery. This is a fantasy version of our world in which there are supernaturals who live openly. However, humans are uncomfortable with them and many are required to live in walled-off reservations when identified, despite having lived their entire lives with the rest of us. This is aggravated by the development of a plague of sorts that has no known cure.The heroine is dy...
  • Beth
    2016-09-20
    I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear Shannon Mayer has come out with another series. Venom and Vanilla is the first in this new Urban Fantasy. It seems that humans are away of the supernatural but have created a divide to keep themselves separate. To make tensions worse, the supernaturals are carrying a disease, Aegrus virus, that causes humans to die a horrific death.We enter this world with, Lena, our heroine barely hanging and dying fr...
  • ☙ percy ❧
    2017-05-30
    this could have been really interesting, and i actually found the heroine quite amusing and quirky (she reminded me of alison hendrix from orphan black) but oh my actual gosh all of the tropes made me want to poke my eyes out. humans that turn beautiful when they become supernaturals, heroine who is magically super powerful and needs little-to-no-training, mcfucking i n s t a l o v e and your obligatory Blonde Barbie "Bitch" With Fake Boobs who i...
  • Cassandra
    2017-04-08
    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book!! And I bought my own copy already as well as the rest of the trilogy!This is the first book that I’ve read by Shannon which is very silly of me because I own thirty of her books, but I plan to remedy this be reading more of her b...
  • Al *the serial series skipper*
    2017-09-04
    Meh, It was all over the place. I wanted to enjoy it but Alena got on my nerves, she could never decide what she wanted. This entire book couldn't decide what it wanted to be, shit just happened without explanation. I might read the next installment someday or not.
  • Candy
    2016-11-05
    Alena Budrene is a young woman afflicted with a lethal virus spread by supernaturals. She doesn't want to die but her only option to stay alive is to be turned into a supernatural by a warlock before it is too late. Her ultra religious upbringing makes it very difficult for her to make the decision to do this. Her resolve ultimately crumbs when she decides to live even if she has to be non-human to survive. When the warlock changes her, she doesn...
  • Andy Coleman
    2016-10-03
    A SIMPLE MAN'S REVIEW:I liked the idea for this book more than its execution. In theory, it could have been fun and dark, navigating the worlds of both supernatural beings and humans. It could have brought Greek mythology into our present-day world and explored the consequences of gods and heroes and Twitter. But instead, it was juvenile - in almost every sense of the word.First, how can I take a book serious when the main character calls the sup...
  • Stacy
    2016-10-01
    I gave it 2.5 starsI am having a REALLY hard time with my review of VENOM AND VANILLA. On one hand I LOVE Shannon Mayer and her books, but on the other hand, I did not love VENOM AND VANILLA.I thought VENOM and VANILLA started off pretty strong. I instantly took to Alena and the storyline intrigued me. Then Alena was turned and both her and the storyline pretty much lost me. Did I hate either? No, but I had to force myself not to put the book dow...
  • Heather
    2016-09-22
    Never have I started a book and wanted to punch one of the characters as badly as I did in this book. This book starts off playing on your emotions, but don't let that stop you, things suddenly change and boy what a ride. Alena is on death's door at the start of the book, and her husband Roger isn't the great man she thought he was. A deal with the devil (not literally) saves our heroine(?) from the jaws of death and give her a second life. But n...
  • Marta Cox
    2016-09-30
    I had no idea what to expect from this book but as it's written by an author who friends rave about I thought it high time I got on-board. It's the first in a new series so seems an ideal place to start.Alena is in a very bad way when we meet her, dying from an incurable wasting disease and discovering that the man she loves is an epic douche bag and no mistake. Alena has lost so much, family, home, her business and now even the marriage she beli...
  • Kris
    2016-10-03
    I don't know how to review this book without saying that I kind of hated it. It is horribly stereotypical with cookie cutter characters that are all supposedly ridiculously gorgeous in a completely roll-your-eyes fashion. First off, the main character comes from an annoyingly fundamentalist religious background and is as much of a victim as that Twilight twerp. The writing makes me want to weep with frustration on how incredibly sexist it is, foc...
  • Coyora Dokusho
    2016-11-04
    By turns cute and hilarious, and epic! can't forget the epic!!!! I think I got it as part of the Amazon prime early releases? It was freaking awesome!!! Suuuuuuuuper looking forward to more books in the series!!!!
  • Judi Easley
    2017-01-06
    My Review:I was offered the second book in this series because I had this first book, but I hadn't read this one. So, I got busy and read them both yesterday. It's a good thing they really run right into each other.This first one jumps right into the deep end of the story in the hospital with the heroine dying of a horrible disease. The author does a really good job of explaining this disease and how it affects the body while the mind stays clear...
  • Karen
    2017-03-10
    This was a well written story with well developed characters. I have never read anything by this author but have been wanting to. I am glad I did. It was funny and very entertaining. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
  • Sabrina
    2016-11-02
    According to the print on the cover art this is from a USA Today best selling author of another story (I don't recall the title). I call bullwinkles. Either that or USA Today's standards are so low using them in the bottom of your birdcage would be a more improved usage of its pathetic existence on this earth. Conclusion: There. Is. No. Way. This WILL contain SPOILERS. This book has so many holes it could double as Swiss Cheese. It's main focus i...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2016-12-01
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:Most novels don’t begin with the heroine dying in a secluded, high security hospital. Things get both better and worse for Alena, who has caught a super contagious wasting disease that kills every person who catches it. The only way to survive it is to be turned into a supernatural creature - any supernatural creature. This clashes with her religious upbringing, but when push comes to shove, she decid...
  • ༺Uma༻ ♥Books.Bags.Burgers.♥
    2016-10-26
    ( I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review) BLURB 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 ...
  • Bambi Unbridled
    2016-11-03
    The Venom trilogy promises to be a surprisingly fun and light-hearted urban fantasy series from Shannon Mayer. This author is allowing us to view serious social issues such as equality and segregation from the humorous aspect of supernaturals (a/k/a super dupers) and caricatures of the Greek pantheon. Alena Budrene seemingly had everything she wanted in life... a husband, nice house and successful bakery business. But when she is struck with the ...