Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Venom & Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy #1) by 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?

4 out of 5 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-Men. Normal humans don't like unfamiliar people, so everyone is segregated. Supernaturals have no rights and are assigned to live in designated areas.

As Alena navigates the new world, she making new friends and enemies.

The pace is very fast, and there's never a dull moment. I enjoyed the humor, action, and light romance, and I can't wait to read book 2!