Review: Fangs & Fennel



The delicious sequel to Venom and Vanilla, from USA Today bestselling author Shannon Mayer.

Alena Budrene is not just a gifted Seattle baker—she’s also a supernatural. Having survived the virus that made her transformation necessary and outwitted an attack by a Greek hero, she’s ready to settle down and deal with the challenges of living as a “Super Duper.”

But nothing is easy for a woman who can turn into a giant snake. Threatened by her unprecedented strength, Alena’s enemies team up against her. What’s next on the menu? The duplicitous demigod Theseus—backed by a ruthless vampire gang and the power-hungry goddess Hera—is determined to lure her into a glorious, and rather public, battle to the death.

Now humans, even the ones Alena risks her life to protect, are afraid to acknowledge her existence. And when the friends who once rallied around her begin to fall prey to Theseus’s manipulative schemes, Alena realizes she must act before she loses everything. But will the price of success be too high to pay?


Warning! Mild spoilers below.



When Alena made a deal with the warlock Merlin to be turned into a a Super Duper in order to cure herself from a virus, she never expected that would lead to her becoming a target that must be killed. Luckily, as we read in Venom & Vanilla, Alena was able to defeat the “hero” Achilles. Still Hera is far from done and is even more determined to kill Alena and those she cares about.

In Fangs & Fennel, Alena has decided to get a legitimate divorce from her  husband who is trying to cash in er inheritance and bakery since by turning into a a Super Dupers, Alena is considered dead by the human courts because Super Dupers are not recognize as citizens. Nonetheless, Alena is determined to take her case to court because she believes that she deserves the same rights and benefits as humans. However, she also has to deal with Theseus, the next “hero” sent to kill her, who unlike Achilles is a manipulator and strategist.

Overall, Fangs & Fennel was an enjoyable installment to read! It was worth reading this second installment of The Venom Trilogy series because from start to finish it was fast pace action, a touch of humor, and my favorite mixing supernatural with Greek mythology . Not to mention that Alene is finally becoming the kick butt heroine that won’t let others intimidate her. I cannot wait to see what else she’ll do in Hisses & Honey!

Thank you Shannon Mayer for another well written installment!

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