Mini Review: Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie #2020AudiobookChallenge

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Hello Avid Readers. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie. The first book in her new urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound.

As from earlier this year, I decided that when I read a book that I’ve bought for myself, I wont write one of my full reviews. 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. Therefore, with that in mind, it’s on to my thoughts.

What’s Three Mages and a Margarita about?

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Mini Review: Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie #2020AudiobookChallengeMy Rating:
Title: Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1
Published by Dark Owl Fantasy Incorporated, Tantor Audio on 14 September, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, New Adult (NA)
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
No. of Pages: 312

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.

It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview--to see if I'd mesh with their "special" clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right?

I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they...offered me the job?

It turns out this place isn't a bar. It's a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I'm exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there's a good reason no one else wants to work here.

So what's a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course--with a pay raise.

Source: Bought
Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible* ¦*

An Action-Packed Story To Kick Start This Urban Fantasy Series.

Annette Marie is a new-to-me author, I must confess to being a bit weary as she is a well respected YA author. I usually avoid YA like the plague, but I quickly found myself really enjoying this book.
I liked her writing style and I found this story easy to read. The prose and pace used was good. The tale never felt rushed and came without any dreaded information dumps or slumps.

I downloaded the ebook for free using my Kindle Unlimited subscription and used my Audible credit to add the narration. Cris Dukehart is a new-to-me voice actor and as a narrated book, 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 the narration encapsulated Tori’s character and the feel of the story brilliantly. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.

Three Mages and a Margarita 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 I can like and believe in. Depth of character in the supporting cast. Believable background story and setting. A balanced mix of relationship, tension, action and mystery within the plot. I loved the fact that the mystery and conflict was satisfactorily concluded by the end of the book while still leaving enough threads and interest to tempt me into getting the next book.

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 urban fantasy 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

I’ve fallen in love with this series. Click on the book title to be whisked away to my review in a new tab.

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 Three Mages and a Margarita.

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. 😉

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Flora x

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(4) Comments

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  2. This series just gets better and Chris does an amazing job narrating! You are listening to and reading so many amazing things right now!!

  3. I love the title for this book, it sounds fun, I shall go and check out this author.

    1. I’m really enjoying the series, Rosie, plus they’re in Kindle Unlimited so I’m reading them for free.

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