Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer Review


Title-Venom and Vanilla

Author- Shannon Mayer

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon


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?

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Alena Budrene was brought up at a devout Firstamentalists – a religion that makes Scientology look like its all puppies and rainbows- She was taught to fear god and follow the reed. That is until she met Roger and fell in love and got married. She still believes in the church and can still be seen as a quite little church mouse however she is no longer accepted by the church,

When Alena gets infected with the Aegrus disease she only sees it as a punishment from god.She was too happy, too successful with out the church and now she must pay for her sins just as her brother Tad had when he contracted the virus and died 5 years ago.

Resigned to her fate to fade away Alena only has one thing to look forward to and that is her visits from her beloved Roger- that is until he reveals that this visit will be the last and he has been seeing a new woman who wants to sell Alena’s bakery and open a grooming business.

Now she has nothing to live for- she waits for death to take hold of her. When her room mate mentions a warlock by the name of Merlin who can save them both Alena only scoffs and believe that Dahlia is being scammed. However as time passes Alena begins to wonder what if its true what if she can be saved?

The Sweet-


OMG I am in love! -is the only way I can begin this review. From the first page I was sucked in this wicked and super original story.The author creates such a realistic world with characters that are not only loveable and endearing but badass and scary all at the same time.

Alena is the under dog in this story- considered to be a good girl. A good girl who knows her place and will do what she is told. From page one I wanted so badly to shake her and tell her to woman up and stop the pity party and when she did I all but had a party! I found Alena to be such a powerful character- I really enjoyed how the author developed quiet church mouse in to snarky bad ass who still had her morals.

I can not express how much joy my little heart felt when I found out that this had so much greek mythology in the mix! I loved how the author intertwined the paranormal world, the real world and the mythological world all in one!

This book is nothing like any other paranormal or urban fantasy book I have read in the last couple of years and I have already purchase Fennel and Fangs and and itching to get into it! There are no sour points to this book for me I happily give it 5 out of 5 cupcakes and URGE you to pick it up today!



A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I was born into a family of Star Wars nuts. I have a lot of siblings (somewhere I lost count but I think there was more than could be numbered on one hand) and being one of the young padawans I was subjected to Star Wars marathons, on a regular basis. If you’ve read any of my books you’ll see there is often a reference to said movies as a small homage to my upbringing. May the force be with you and all that jazz.

I started writing when I realized I didn’t want to grow up not believing in magic, or not believing in creatures everyone else said didn’t exist. That being said, I have never seen a fairy, unicorn or dragon. I had a neighbour who swore they fed the leprechauns in their garden, but I never caught the little buggers no matter how long I lay in wait. (And consequently had to help the neighbours plant new flowers to replace those I killed waiting for the leprechauns to show their faces.)

Along the way, I found my husband who is the rock that keeps me from floating away into my dreams, and we have a little boy who is the centre of our world. Living on a farm keeps us busy (as if the writing wasn’t enough) and I have more than my share of stories about wrestling with cows, helping birth calves and ending up in the creek during the process, falling in the mud (we’ll call it mud but we all know that on a farm, mud is rarely mud) and chasing escaped livestock in the hopes the four legged convicts don’t make it to the highway.

I’ve taken up archery, and the goal is to move into horseback archery in time (you know, when I can hit the target on a consistent basis) and when no one is looking, I love to bake (this doesn’t happen often as it’s hard to keep the sweet treats in stock with two boys in the house.)

As to what’s coming next for me? More stories (since those never stop inside my head, I might as well share them with all of you!) and more adventures. Pretty much, when the fancy strikes, I’ll jump on it. Leap before you look I’m sure that motto was created for me.

Or was that . . . think big and dream bigger, ready, set, pull the trigger . . . yeah. That one is a good one too. But only if you have a gun. And are hunting elephants. Which is not cool because of so many reasons. Let’s stick with the first one with an addendum.

Leap before you look and let your dreams carry you on their wings. And that, my friends, is me in a nutshell.


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