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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?

©2016 Shannon Mayer (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Loved it!

Adventure, humor, and perilousness abound in this book of the new series by one of my favorite authors! Great character, storyline, & plot development! Looking forward to book 2!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Finally!

Would you listen to Venom & Vanilla again? Why?

Finally, a narrator that I will follow as much as I do my favorite authors! I love how the narrator is able to give life to each of the characters. I will most certainly search for other books by this narrator. I also very much enjoy the author as well and suggest them too!

Have you listened to any of Saskia Maarleveld’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I am aware of

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining

Very entertaining! Everything I've come to expect from Shannon Mayer - action, great plot, humor, interesting characters... I can hardly wait to read, listen to, the next book in the series. This is a must read!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not one of Mayer's best...

I stuck with this book until about the half-way point. It took forever for anything interesting to happen. When it did, it started to get stupid really fast.
The trite, overworked theme of "supes" versus humans turned into the even more trite , overworked theme of Greek mythology brought into the modern world.
Mythological characters are, by their very nature, sketchy caricatures, their traits and stories often contradictory and paradoxical. When they are fleshed out into modern characters, it's difficult to keep them from be coming cartoonish. The author missed the mark with this one.
I love anime and cartoons, but prefer more depth when it comes to what I read. With a little humor thrown in, this book probably would make a great short anime series. It's just not good written fiction.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • BikeVON
  • Southfield, Mi, United States
  • 02-05-17

So disappointing.

I have all the Rylee books by Shannon Mayer and love them! I expected the same for this also.

Alena Budrene is the main character. Within 30 minutes I asked myself, is she for real or what? My frustration and disappointment was caused by the juvenile dialogue below.
• I bit my lip, wanting to blurt out they anything but poor; oh poop on it
• Even if I wasn’t allowed to attend anymore. There were things I’ve grown up with that were so firmly ingrained, I couldn’t let them go, even now.
• Pig-brained clodhopper, well thought our twit, Dang it
• Oh my heck, fricky dricky
• While being chased in at high speed she says Honey puffs
• Still on a high speed chase Tad, her brother says, If you weren’t my sister, I strangle you. Alena replies,That is not how we talk Tad.
• Mother-hummping whales on a beech! What am I going to do?
• I don’t know how to use a gun you dink.
• “Mean spirited people have holes in their heart were the goodness leaks out. I bet you have a lot of holes.
• Buffalo balls, You are in my bad book
• He’s a horrible donkey butt
• Donkey butt hole
• You would insult me monster, you started it
• Bossy pants
• Bunch of pointy -hat wearing monkey balls
• Beeswax
• You looked like your bunged up and trying to hard to push to squeeze a poop out.

After listening to our heroine speak like this for six chapters. Then Zeus is castrated as the manager of Blue Box store who calls for clean up on aisle seven; I could not go on. Swearing would be so much better and Mayer should receive a jail sentence for what she does to Greek Mythology.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Too annoying

I tried and I just can't keep going with this book. I bought this because I have previously enjoyed Shannon Mayers' other books but this was terrible. The heroine was clichéd stereotype with the vocabulary of either a five year old or an obnoxious kindergarten teacher. Super Duper? Really? The other characters were not much better. It's a pity because the basic premise is good.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Great Book!

Yes, the book could have moved at a better clip, but it held my attention through it all. That makes it a very good book in my opinion. Can't wait for book 2!

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love!!!

it was such a goffy fun intriguing story. I recommend it to anyone and will definitely buy the next one in the series

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  • Harry
  • Lusby, MD, United States
  • 01-13-17

Full book didn't know of

Enjoyed this listen and love the narrator can't wait for third book in triology
Must read

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Just what I needed

I really enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful read. The ending was a cliffhanger but it also made you feel good inside. I feel satisfied and not angry about the cliffhanger.

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  • Rebel
  • 01-29-17

Terrible

Avoid this one if you can. I am struggling to believe Shannon Meyer actually wrote with rubbish. No swearing church going lead female role with Greek gods and vampires? Ridiculous plot, no twist or turns to keep you engaged. Stick to the Rylee Adamson series and do not waste a credit on this nonsense.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Drax17
  • 04-21-18

Okay

I didn't hate this book but wasn't overall fussed. It seem to start as one story then change into something else completely.
Theres a virus killing of humans that seems to have come from supernatural creatures. If your rich enough you can be saved from the virus by being turned into a supernatural creature. This is what happens to Alena. Now she has to adjust to her new life, overcome her past behaviours & deal with the fact she is being hunted because of what she now is.
It seemed so many small things to help understand the story were not explained or gloss over really quickly like the supernaturals causing the virus. I wish more of the story had been fleshed. It was ok but I will not be continuing on with the series.

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  • IMEE B
  • 12-30-16

Addictive, delicious

Venom and vanilla is a decadent mix of deliciousness coupled with a smart and beautiful heroine and u have a recipe for unique and fast paced story that grabs u from beginning to end and leaves u keeps wanting more :D Saskia as the narrator is magnificent as always thank you xox