Book Review: Venom & Vanilla by Shannon Mayer

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

Genre: Adult Fiction – Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology

Release Date: November 1st 2016

Series: The Venom Trilogy #1

Publisher:  47North

Source: Purchased

Description: 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?


This book was everything and wanted and nothing that I expected. I went into this thinking it would be a pretty simple read with some paranormal/urban fantasy elements that would curb my appetite got a new UF series. I didn’t expect to love it, in fact since I got this at a discounted rate I just expected to read the first one and be done. I don’t seem to follow mythology series well and so I figured I would enjoy it but not continue.

I was wrong about everything.

I loved this book! I loved the the main character from the moment she made her first baking reference (hello fellow bakers, this book is hilarious and full of baking puns) to the very last word in the book. Which also happens to be a baking pun, and the title! The UF elements are amazing and just different enough to really hold my interest. This doesn’t follow the traditional vamp/were only UF. This has things I’ve only read about during my Mythology studies class in college! It was full of action and had just enough steamy wanton moments without being overly risque.

I haven’t read anything else by this author but if her older work is anything like Venom and Vanilla I’ll be checking them all out!

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