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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…

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

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?

Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn’t a reverse harem. It’s 100% fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy.

Tori has no problem getting herself into trouble in every book in the Guild Codex series, but each one is a complete adventure–no cliffhanger endings.

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: 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.

Buy DARK ARTS AND A DAIQUIRI (or the whole series to date) in print, audio and ebook formats through the usual sources:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository

or download for free using your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts.

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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(2) 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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