Venom & Vanilla

Venom & Vanilla

by Shannon Mayer


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ISBN-13: 9781503938359
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Venom Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 697,660
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats), and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rylee Adamson Novels, the Elemental Series, the Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series, and several contemporary romances.

To learn more about Shannon and her books, go to

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Venom & Vanilla 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
closkot More than 1 year ago
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!
Cynnahawk More than 1 year ago
Venom and Vanilla - The Venom Trilogy Book 1 - by Shannon Mayer This is book one in the new series by Shannon Mayer and I was skeptical about another new series from this author. I mean, the others are so good and I have enjoyed them sooooo much... so how could another series come along and even compete? Boy, was I wrong!! Alena is an amazing heroine and from the very first chapter, she sets out to battle not only her own doubts and fears, but the mindset of the world. She deals with betrayal and disapproval from the people closest to her, and doubt and mistrust from the new world she is thrust into. But she makes a choice to stay true to her heart and the person she truly is, and it turns into an adventure of EPIC proportions! I also really loved the Greek mythology angle of the story! This book was just one big surprise that made me love every second of the reading!! Can’t wait for Book 2!! I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and as always I would have gladly paid for it!
pidge22 More than 1 year ago
Venom and Vanilla is an interesting new series from Shannon Mayer. Although our main character, Alana has a cameo in one of Shannon's other series, I could not tell if they are supposed to exist in the same world. I was a little confused by the world building in Venom & Vanilla as there were walls that separated the humans from the supernatural creatures around the world. Maybe this is set into the future from her other series and that is why the worlds seemed so very different even though we met just met her in "Liam". As others have pointed out, the world building was a little confusing and did not have enough time devoted to working out the details. Is it a part of the same world Rylee Adamson and Larkspur or not? I have no idea. However, I did really enjoy the story and our heroine/monster Alana. The greek storyline really surprised me and I would love to read more in the series to see where Shannon's imagination will take us. Alana begins as a weak character that allows others to walk all over her and by the end she has found her voice and herself. I am excited to see her grow as a character and monster.
RebeccaFWTX More than 1 year ago
Amazing as always, can't wait for the next one! If you aren't reading Shannon Mayer you need to be. So many worlds to get lost in!
Erani_Kole More than 1 year ago
voluntarily and honestly reviewed this ARC I got via NetGalley I love this author, so reading this new series of hers was great because of how different it was. I had to get used to it because the MC's a religious believer who calls Supes "Super Dupers" (it's what the church called them) so at times I just couldn't take her seriously, but it always lead me to other thoughts that eventually made me appreciate this thing more. I loved the world set up, but I felt that her ventures to see some of the groups of Supes was a bit rushed, and again, it took me a while to adjust to the more improbable plotline since it was almost a secret up until the big reveal. I don't know. Maybe I just need to reread it again, but the first impression was both jarring and entertaining. I loved the ending and I will say that the story only got better the further in I got. Definitely a book to check out.
Sw33tkiss More than 1 year ago
At the beginning you dont get what book this is. And thats a good thing because the further you read the more you love it! You meet Alena. And she is very sick just about ready to die. But she gets a second chance and passes it up. The third time round she says yes and her life as she knew changes towards the magical and mythical. She turns into hmm something new (no spoilering) But thats when it gets weird and new. Read this is if you love magic and old gods if you love backing and sweet things because i swear after this book you will seriously look for some sort of sweet.
DivineChaos113 More than 1 year ago
“Though my smile was not as big, the weight on my shoulders wasn’t either. I wasn’t facing this alone. And maybe, just maybe, I could find a way to make it in this life as a monster.” What happens when you are given a chance to be cured of what ails you? Well, you give it up to your neighbor in the next bed of course! When your life changes overnight, what’s a girl to do? While running from hero’s straight out of Greek mythology, Lena has to learn all she can about who she is and why these people are targeting her. Been a fan of Shannon’s for a while now, and I have to say that I am super excited for this newest series that she has out. I can’t wait for the next book and to see what is next in this new world. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new series to start. If you are a fan of Greek mythology this is also a great series to give you a new spin on old myths.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
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 her bakery - 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.
Denisemouse More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC by publisher via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review... Shannon Mayer is Brilliant... I love how she brought the Monster vs. Greek God Heroes back to life in a new way.. her way to be exact... In Venom and Vanilla we have our main character Alena Budrene who was an awesome baker and she owns her bakery until is infected with a lethal virus and is in the Hospital with a room mate Dahlia (who is fun and sweet)... then there is Merlin the Warlock with a special Cure... my favorite Lines in the book are "Alena" talking to Merlin... "What did you do to me?" Merlin answers = "You are my special snowflake, Alena. One of a Kind. Or close to it." And this line caught my attention too... Alena saying this comment to her Husband = "You couldn't find the "G" spot even in the Alphabet" Will Alena take the Cure? How strong is the friendship bond between Alena and Dahlia? If you want to know the answers to the questions... you need to read Venom and Vanilla.. I did and loved it
L_McBride More than 1 year ago
Holy crap, this book is awesome! So with every book I read from Shannon Mayer it's like the supernatural world just multiplies and gets bigger, but it's also like being blind and having an idea of things and then getting sight and seeing that everything is so much more than you thought. Alena is a sick human, dying from a disease that came from the supernaturals that live amongst the humans.. What she thought she new about the world is about to be so much less than she ever imagined. As Alena faces her imminent death she is given a second chance, in that she will find a strength she never knew she had. This was an amazing read, supernaturals and mythological gods come together in this awesome book that shows we are who we chose to be, not what others try to make us.