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text 2017-02-22 05:13
Fiasco and WTF
Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy) - Shannon Mayer

Uff da, this is some silly stuff.


Venom and Vanilla started with a bang. We're introduced to Alena on her death bed, cut down by a communicable disease that's so virulent that she's flown out to Whidbey Island off the coast of Seattle to die isolated and alone. It's a sad, slow beginning, nostalgic for her simple life and small rebellions. Alena was a member of the Firstamentalists, an almost cult-like religious group who brooked no contact with the Supernaturals: vampires, werewolves, etc. Of course, fiction being what it is, the narrative lack dictates that, in order to cure the fatal disease rapidly killing her, Alena must become a Supernatural. 


I actually loved watching a protagonist struggle with her religion. Alena holds to her principles, even though she'd long questioned them, long past my expectations. While I found her childish refusal to do anything close to cussing annoying -- for fuck's sake, donkey butt has nowhere near the frisson of asshole -- I commend the commitment to character. Alena is a good girl, a religious girl, and she's not going to shed her convictions just because she's like a giant snake or there's a hot vampire or whatever. 


But that's about where I stop my praise, because this novel is such an absolute fiasco. Alena is turned into an ancient Greek monster by Merlin, THE Merlin, of all people, to be murdered by Achilles, who is apparently a thing, and Zeus works for Wal*Mart, plus there are vampires and naga and werewolves and satyr and god knows what fuck all. Oh, and there's a standard dystopia where Supes are second class citizens dumped onto the other side of a wall (oops, sorry Canada, you're now the dumping ground for supernatural creatures). 


This is one of those stories that is so far gone that I enjoyed it, just waiting for whatever bananas ass shit was going to happen next. Lightning shootout in Wal*Mart? Fine. Naked girl fight in a Queen Anne neighborhood attic? Sure. Casual slut shaming while reveling in the lead's nascent sexuality? Whatever. A house-sized snake fighting minotaurs? I guess. So much random shit happens, SO MUCH. SO MANY characters hide footballs, and not even stealthily, but like right in front of you like you don't have eyes in your head. It's so blatant it passes over insulting into something else completely. 


Anyway, I guess what I want to say is that the reader for the audio is fucking amazing, and I think she's the only reason I finished this thing. Her name is Saskia Maarleveld, and I really like her voice. 


The End. 

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review 2016-12-08 19:35
Venom and Vanilla
Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy) - Shannon Mayer

Venom and Vanilla is the fist book in Shannon Mayer's latest series, The Venom Trilogy. Mayer is a bestselling author of many books, and The Venom Trilogy looks like it should have fit right in with her other series.


Venom and Vanilla opens with Alena, who is the owner of a successful bakery, ill with an incurable disease. One that is passed to humans by Supes. Supernaturals who aren't supposed to be this far south. They were contained behind the wall, supposedly to keep humans safe from them. But Alena contracts the disease anyway. She is given a choice, to either waste away and eventually die, or to become a supernatural being, and all that entails. Alena fights for a bit, but eventually gives in, and allows herself to be transformed.


When she wakes up, she notices that she can still pass for human, something many supes can't do any longer. But then, Alena is special. Nobody knows just what she is, only that she's not your run of the mill supe.


Eventually, Alena learns that she's an ancient and powerful creature, one who has powers far beyond those of regular supes. And a creature that the Gods want to kill. Yes, there are Gods. Roman Gods are brought into the mix, in a strange twist. So Alena has to deal with learning the powers she has, all while fighting Roman Gods.


It's a fun book, not particularly deep, but fun. There are some serious problems with Alena, the fact that she speaks like a teenage valley girl, as opposed to a successful businesswoman in her 30's is just one of them. The characters aren't particularly well developed, there isn't any motivation for them, and Alena being summoned to fight Achilles is just...odd, jarring. I didn't like it, but I didn't dislike it either. It just seemed "meh". So I can't really recommend it, but I won't really steer you away from it. Unless you're just starting to read paranormal/urban fiction. In that case, this would be a really bad early taste of a genre that can be very, very good.


I did receive an ARC of this book from the publisher.

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review 2016-11-30 00:00
Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy Book 1)
Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy Book 1) - Shannon Mayer 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 called Aegrus virus. Apparently this virus comes from humans/inhumans (Alena calls them super dupers) or who are immune to this virus. Alena is in a hospital being visited by her husband (who up until then was a really good guy) who pretty much later baby's her butt and leaves her alone to die. But then Alena's roommate tells her about a secret cure and though Alena says no to the cure, ends up taking it anyway when she realizes she doesn't really want to die.

We find out who is behind Alena getting this cure (yeah I called that whole thing) and then the book has Alena being chased because her kind is not supposed to interact with other super dupers (her words for the supernatural people). At that point I just stopped because this book was lowering my IQ the more I kept reading it.

I still don't understand how the United States managed to build a freaking wall tall and long enough to separate out human/supers. I still don't get how other countries apparently were dealing with this. Alena's family's backstory (religious types) did not really fit and I just gave up trying to make two plus two equal four. The plot was all over and the world building was a mess.

The development of characters was pretty terrible too. We hear bits and pieces about Alena's brother and that doesn't match up with the guy when we catch up with him later in the book. Same goes for Alena's husband. He sounds like a really good person who actually stands up to her mother and family due to Alena's strict religious background, but then he morphs into an asshole over night. It doesn't work. I think the author was fixated more on the end product (the completed book and making it into a trilogy) then actually making sure readers could follow what was happening.
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review 2016-11-07 22:31
Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy) - Shannon Mayer

Alena has Aegrus disease /virus  which humans got from the supernatural community and her husband Roger asked her if she remembered what he would do after she dies. Alena didn’t want to talk about that right now Alena was in a hospital but had no T V or anything so when awake had nothing to take her mind off how close she was to death. So ALena did not want ehr or Roger to think about death as they had already been through so much. So Alene brought up the day they had met. The ward Alena was in was an End Stage ward there was only four in North America and this is where she would die and end stage met she was very close to death. Roger was the sensitive one whereas Alena was the business minded one, the grounded one. Alena had built up he rbaker - Vanilla And Honey- with a lot of hard work. Dahlia was Alena roommate. Dahlia told Alena there was a cure if you had the money from a warlock. After the warlock showed up Alena found out she had an anonymous pay for her to have the cure but Alena refused and let the warlock take Dahlia to be cured. After Dahlia had been gone Alena thought of suicide and was on her way and the warlock- sorry forgot his name- showed up again and Alena took the cure but she wanted something different and the warlock promised her that..

I didn’t hate this but I didn't love this . I didn’t like how Zeus was portrayed. I can’t imagine a might God actually God of all the Gods and goddesses would have been content being a manager of a mere box store. I loved Alena grandma she sure added to the story. I like how Dahlia who had been her roommate didn’t turn on her even if she now was a different species and that was suppose to be against the rules. I also liked how Eros was portrayed for the most part. I thought it was totally rotten what Roger did Alena while she laid dying. Anyway this wasn’t one of my favorites.

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text 2016-10-27 05:10
Venom & Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy #1) by Shannon Mayer
Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy) - Shannon Mayer

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 is not super duper... I am so bummed ... I just can't..






































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