Successful Seattle baker Alena Budrene doesnt want to die But when shes infected with a lethal virus spread by supernatural beings, her only chance for recovery is to make a deal with the devilor in this case, a warlock.Though he saves her life, it looks nothing like the life she once knewand neither does she Alena is a new breed of Supe no one has ever seen before Even the supernatural police dont 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 worriesand it was no accident She was chosento be killed by a Greek hero trying to make a name for himself once .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 herselfand this time shes got fangs But will she be ready to use them...
|Title||:||Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy Book 1) (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||47North 1 November 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||392 Pages|
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Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy Book 1) (English Edition) Reviews
The story makes for an interesting read, for it is a rather unique mix of the super power genre and mystical, historical, magical and spiritual beings.The world it plays in is portrayed solidely, and there is a good dose of humor and some nice plot twist in there as well.But unfortunately, not only is the story written out of the perspective of a female anti heroine, but the writing style is very female too, and essentially avoid of any reasonable logic. This makes it the story of a monster fairy tale princess who fights her fights not with wit, skill or cunning, but emancipated female defiance akin a commander blown out of proportion by an extremely high sense of self importance using pride as a shield.The use of secrets isn't made very well either, because while there are quite a fews, they are all used up instantly wasting potential the story would otherwise had.It's not bad a story, certainly holds a great number of good ideas, but was not realized overly satisfying.
I love urban fantasy and am always willing to give new series a try. I had a hard time getting through this one, though. In part that was because the author not only included the traditional vampire/Werwolf/etc. species but also the pantheon of Greek gods. More on that in a moment, though. When it came to the traditional UF species, there was little to no explanation as to what myths went along with them - the vampires needed to be inside during daylight, but what other myths applied to them?? We learned essentially nothing about the werewolfs or other species in this world, and there was about a one-sentence explanation of how things had come to be this way - the supernatural had "come out" a while back and then the Aegus virus arose and the wall was built and Firstamentalists arose. Not much more than that was given.I also had some qualms about the author simply pulling out the Greek gods. On the one hand, it makes the job of story-telling easier because they all come with pre-made histories and don't require a lot of backstory. On the other hand, it seemed that Greek gods/goddesses and other mythical creatures were being brought into the story at the author's convenience and there were, in my opinion, simply too many. Instead of introducing one main mythological character with maybe two or three minor characters, we get the Drakaina, the birds (sorry, their name has slipped me right now), Achilles, Eros, Hermes, Zeus, Theseus, the minotaurs, Hercules, the Hydra, etc. etc. etc. All of them plus the typical UF supernatural makes for a very crowded stage, and I didn't feel that any of them got really full development.Another major point of critique I had was the main character, Alena. At first she seems like the doormat type and I think even describes herself as such at one point. And yet when she turns into a supernatural, she starts ordering people around and all of a sudden references how she was like a general in her bakery and now that was coming out. That's the kind of personality trait that would be good to see *before* referencing it. Maybe it would have been helpful to have an introductory chapter where we see her in her life before getting the virus - see her being a general in the bakery but being very submissive and meek at home, for example.Throughout the series, I also got a little sick of the whole "no one believes in her" (except the one person I don't want to mention because it would be a spoiler) theme. She proved over and over she could take care of herself - it would have been nice to see some development in the story in that regard.In general I felt that there were some good ideas, and I did finish the trilogy, but the character development was lacking and there were overall too many characters. I never really cared much about Dahlia because I didn't feel like I got to know her, Tad was just an obnoxious jerk, yaya seemed like a good character but I some of her actions toward the end of the story didn't make sense with her character as it had been developed, and Alena's mom and dad were also pretty one-dimensional.
The story is refreshing in its simplicity and at the same time is complicated. The main character is a you and me flawed and overly proud but she finds out how her life can change.Faced with a new body new powers and greek gods out to get you, you fo what you do best... make cakes!Love Shannons spin on female leads interesting flwed but strong and the best bit is that you can relate to the story !
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. It is for adults due to the violence and adult things though there is no steamy content described in this book.When I started the book, I wasn’t sure what was what. It clears up quickly, and then you get so drawn in you can’t put it down. Alena is trying to live up to what everyone expects of her, but she realizes that everything she’s ever been told is lies. Good guys aren’t necessarily good, and bad guys aren’t bad. You can’t judge someone based on what they are. She quickly becomes her own person and realizes she doesn’t need to do things just because that’s the way they have always been done.This book is awesome with its mix of paranormal, Greek mythology, and mystery and intrigue to keep you engaged in the story. I can’t wait to see what happens next!! Shannon’s writing style is wonderful, and you don’t even realize you’ve been pulled in. I can’t wait to read more of her books!I highly recommend this book to all readers who love paranormal and Greek mythology!
I have been a huge fan of Shannon Mayer since I first read her a few years ago, and I was very excited to see she had a new series. When I first started reading the first in this new trilogy, I was thrown for a loop as it is very different than her other books. This book was much lighter and more tongue-in-cheek, and, to be honest, the beginning was a little slow. However, after a little bit, everything started moving right along and I fell in love with the book. The characters are what made this book interesting. As much as I found Alena a little bit TSTL, I think her sheltered upbringing made her a little naïve, and she seemed to have a good heart. I did find a couple of characters a little annoying (I can’t say too much as there’s a surprise and I don’t want to give names away), but I think they were meant to be characters like that. I just love how Ms. Mayer’s writing is so excellent, you can both love and hate characters you’ve never really met. I read to be entertained, and this book more than fit the bill. If you are in the mood for a wonderful, well-written, light urban fantasy, give this book a try. Highly recommend!Thanks to NetGalley and 47North for the e-copy of the book. This same review will be posted on both Goodreads and Amazon.
I got this through the Amazon First program... I did have it pre-ordered till I could get it for free that way... Sorry Shannon :)This is a book that mixes Urban Fantasy (Vamps, Werewolves, Warlocks- oh my) with Greek Mythology... Hello thunder and lightning and over the time drama from Gods and Goddesses LOL...I have read almost all of Shannon Mayer's books. And while this is a lot like the others, it is different, but yet has a lot of the same aspects you expect from her work. Strong characters, no matter if they are male or female. And the female main character- normal has things to work on and work through and comes out stronger on the other side.Well, Alena is no different and she really does have changes to work through- She goes from being on her deathbed and her family not talking to her because she left "their church" to marry someone not of their faith... to changing into something beyond her wildest dreams because someone paid off a warlock... And what happens in a few short days from her husband leaving her dying for another woman to turning into something with amazing abilities leaves you the reader not wanting to put the book down even to go pee...I have a new fave book quote thanks to this book- "Think she would like some venom in her vanilla cupcakes?"
Overall, did I have fun reading Venom and Vanilla? Yes. Does the book have some issues? Yes. The world development is minimal and doesn't really give the reader a lot of backstory. Perhaps this is something that will be developed as the trilogy progresses. The characters run the gamut from type, believably, and development. I liked the characters overall, but you don't get much beyond the surface of any character. I honestly cringed when the Greek gods were introduced. Not what I expected, or really wanted. I will let it go and see where the author takes us, but I am leery of how it will play out. There is humor and action in the story, but the telling is somewhat hectic and disjointed at points.Anyone picking up the book should be prepared that there is a lot left unexplained and undone by the end.
I read this book through kindle first, but I enjoyed it. This sweet innocent women is dying due to a virus. There is a cure but will your soul be damned? Maybe, maybe not. I was really hoping Alena's husband got more than what he did for hurting her. But revenge is not always what it is cut out to be. Then finding a long lost family member was a shock. Then throughout the book you find the Greek Gods and such are resurfacing...well that was a shocker. And who would have thought Alena's grandmother was mixed up in the middle of it? This book left me with tons of interest and questions I hope the next book in the series reveals. Oh, and when Alena finally finds out what the cure is and she has no clue what she is, well, lets just say when she embraces what she is......she is a force to be reckoned with. I loved that about her. In less than a week she went from dying from a virus, to being cured, to fighting Greek Gods and Goddesses. I can say that it took little time for her to become a survivor. I can't wait for the next book.