Sunday, October 30, 2016

Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer (The Venom Trilogy #1)

Venom & Vanilla

My Rating:
Written by: Shannon Mayer
Series: The Venom Trilogy
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: 47North
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
ISBN-10: 1503938352
ISBN-13: 978-1503938359
Genre: Humorous Urban Fantasy

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 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 begins 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?

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

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 supernatural or die human by a warlock. Due to her zealot family upbringing in the church of Firstamentalist, Lena chooses to die but then up at the warlock’s mercy anyways. Finding herself thrust into a world of mythology, gods and goddesses and ultimate a pawn in their battles.

Venom and Vanilla has a marvelous premise, one that I would like to explore more. The characters were built around humor and antics. I know I shouldn’t compare it to another of Mayer’s work but this story just didn’t flow. 3.5 stars

I received this ARC copy of Venom & Vanilla from 47North in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication November 1, 2016.

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