Review: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie #2020AudiobookChallenge

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Hello Avid Readers. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie. Book 2 in her new urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound.

As from late last year, I decided that when I read a book that I’ve bought for myself, I will not write one of my full review but instead will just write a paragraph or two to publish on Amazon, Goodreads and here on my blog.

I will continue to write full reviews for ARCS; the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organisers.

I want to build up my blog to be THE place to go to for adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans, so with that in mind, today, I want to share my thoughts about the book.

What’s Dark Arts and a Daiquiri about?

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Review: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie #2020AudiobookChallengeMy Rating:
Title: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2
Published by Dark Owl Fantasy Incorporated, Tantor Audio on 16 November, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, New Adult (NA)
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 7 hours 39 minutes
No. of Pages: 306

When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here.

It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender--but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right?

Then my favorite guild members--three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages--asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding.

So that's what we did. And that's why I'm here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago.

Why did I agree to this again?

Source: Bought
Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
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Another Great Adventure Mystery in this Urban Fantasy Series.

Annette Marie is still a relatively new-to-me author, this is only the second book of hers I’ve read. I was a bit weary starting this urban fantasy series, as she is a well respected YA author and I usually avoid YA like the plague, but I’ve quickly become engrossed into this world of Mythics, danger and secrecy.

I like Annette’s writing style and I found this story as easy to read as the previous one. The prose and pace used was good; the tale never felt rushed or overly convoluted and thankfully came without any information dumps or slumps.

Once again, I downloaded the ebook for free using my Kindle Unlimited subscription and added the narration. This series has been my introduction to Cris Dukehart and again I was impressed with her performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her slight tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I think Cris has definitely captured Tori’s character and the feel of the story brilliantly in her narration.

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri had all the aspects that I look for in a great story.

An intelligent writing style that’s easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that feels real, a wealth of quality in the supporting cast, believable background story and setting (despite the fantasy genre) and a good balance between different scenes meaning that I got to experience lots of different emotions while reading this story. I also loved the fact that the mystery and conflict was satisfactorily concluded by the end of the book while still leaving me keen to find out what Tori would get caught up with next.

I would recommend this book to fans of mystery stories who enjoy adventure within an urban fantasy setting and don’t mind a bit of bloody action and a sprinkling of romance thrown in.

Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.

The Guild Codex: Spellbound by Annette Marie

Welcome to the Crow & Hammer. Meet Tori. Sassy redhead, ex-waitress with an attitude, and human bartender of a magic guild. Three Mages and a Margarita opens the hilarious and heart-warming Guild Codex series.

Books in the Series

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As promised, here’s Annette’s bio.

About Annette Marie

Annette Marie Author Photo

Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter, and sassy UF series The Guild Codex.

Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar.

When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

And as this is a review for an audiobook, here’s the narrator’s bio too.

About Cris Dukehart

Narrator - Cris Dukehart

An award-winning storyteller and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cris Dukehart has narrated over 300 books in a plethora of genres, from romance, science fiction, and young adult to children's literature and autobiography.

Her voice, with an endearing mix of sweetness and pluck, can be heard around the world and across the Web in commercials, e-learning projects, and corporate narrations.

An Audie Nominee and Earphones Award Winner, she lives with her daughter and a hairy white monster dog, dividing her time between a little Post-it Note Cottage in Pennsylvania and a mountaintop house in the Caribbean.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Dark Arts and a Daiquiri.

Have you read (or listened to) this book? If not, I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add this one to your groaning TBR piles. 😉

Bye for now,

Flora x

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(3) Comments

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  2. I’m glad to hear this was a great read for you. I read my first Annette Marie book back in December and look forward to trying more of them.

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