Venom & Vanilla
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
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 the premise, and the basis of the VENOM TRILOGY was soun ...more
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 bloody annoying I wanted to punch someone. Really ...more
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? LOL
It 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 her that he will take her life insurance, sell he ...more
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 into something unnatural.
The setting is similar to X ...more
It's a pretty good start to a new series.
I really seem to like Alena, although she doesn't really seem to have depth so far. Still, she's pretty sweet and funny and a bit of a badass, so let's see what happens next. ...more
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. ...more
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 starts off with Alena in a hospital dying of something ...more
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 care for that at all.
Also, I found some parts ...more
The heroine is dying from that plague. She was raised in a very res ...more
We enter this world with, Lena, our heroine barely hanging and dying from the virus. She is given a choice to change into a ...more
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 supernatural beings "Super Dupers"? In fact, most thi ...more
***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 books! This is the first book in the series / trilogy ...more
I 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 down or jump ahead.
I think my biggest issue with VEN ...more
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 believed in. It's an all round disaster really but Ale ...more
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, focusing so fully on a male gaze to the female figure ...more
This WILL contain SPOILERS.
This book has so many holes it could double as Swiss Cheese. It's main focus is dialog, and LOTS of it and none of it good. It m ...more
The first book of the Venom Trilogy is promising. I enjoyed the first half more than the second half though. The story follows the heroine Alena who is sick with a deadly virus that spread globally. The only way to cure herself from this virus is by being turned to a super duper! Super duper is what the protagonist call being a supernatural (Silly! I know) She agrees to be turned into one provided she wants her look to remain very human like. During her journey she finds out many ...more
Suddenly D ...more