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Venom & Vanilla

(The Venom Trilogy #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  9,719 ratings  ·  896 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by 47North
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
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 the premise, and the basis of the VENOM TRILOGY was soun
Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Hannah G
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-outs
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 while. It was original and i didn't even mind the snak ...more
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
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 bloody annoying I wanted to punch someone. Really
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, paranormal
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? 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
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 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 into something unnatural.

The setting is similar to X
3.5- 4ish. Great start!

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.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
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.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
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.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
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.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
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 starts off with Alena in a hospital dying of something
Erin Dunn
Oct 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

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
soggy boy
Oct 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
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 supernatural creatures as 'super dupers.' She was rai ...more
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
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 is literally called Barbie. i mean really. REALLY?? ...more
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
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. ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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 dying from that plague. She was raised in a very res
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 from the virus. She is given a choice to change into a
Andy Coleman
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok

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
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 books! This is the first book in the series / trilogy
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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't know what she is & all he will tell her is that ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I gave it 2.5 stars

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
Marta Cox
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 believed in. It's an all round disaster really but Ale
Oct 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
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, focusing so fully on a male gaze to the female figure
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 not the life she expected. Join Alena on the run fr ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-books, dnf-books
I will preface this review by saying that I did not complete this book; I read the first several chapters... In saying that, the dynamics and language of the world building did not work for me... I am a huge fan of Shannon Mayer and have enjoyed both her "Rylee Adamson" and "Elementals" series; this seemed quite different than her previous books and a little too quirky for my liking in this particular genre... As a result, I could not connect with the story and actually felt frustrated while rea ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
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 is dialog, and LOTS of it and none of it good. It m
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5.0

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
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alena Budrene has weeks to live. A victim of the Aegrus virus which killed her brother Tad five years before, her only comfort is fellow patient Dahlia who has even less time to live. Her husband Roger has already moved on, having moved his long time girlfriend into their home and helped himself to her inheritance. To add salt to injury he has also sold her beloved bakery to her competitor. Now all Alena can do is wait for the inevitable gruesome end that will see her body waste away.

Suddenly D
Sadie Forsythe
I was not impressed. Another reviewer, who is on Mayer's street team, says the author calls this an urban fantasy parody. That makes the whole ridiculous thing a little easier to swallow. But it still just isn't very good. Maybe it needed to be more or less of what it is. More parody, if a parody or less parody-like if a serious novel. I don't know. Maybe an author who writes in the urban fantasy genre shouldn't be writing parodies of it unless they highlight what it is in big neon letters. Eith ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Alena risks damning her soul to be saved from a fatal disease sweeping the nation. The cure involves changing into a supernatural being. When she wakes up from the change, she doesn't fit into the races of supernaturals that are known and it seems everyone is out to control her. Turn out, she is a (view spoiler) ...more
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