The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie #2021AudiobookChallenge @TantorAudio

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Hello, fellow audiobook fans. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie. The fifth book in Annette’s urban fantasy series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound. My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Audio, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.

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Title: The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #5
Published by Dark Owl Fantasy Incorporated on 11 October, 2019
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Occult & Supernatural, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes
No. of Pages: 340

As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything--mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I'd rather run for the hills. It doesn't even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron's mom and pop was a good idea.
Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I've got a bigger problem. Students of his family's renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds--and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus. . . and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we'll protect the students.

And Aaron's parents too, I suppose. If we have to.

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

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

Listened To: 23rd – 27th May 2021

What did I think about it?

A Family Christmas That Filled Me With Everything But Good Cheer!

Annette Marie has become a tried and trusted author with this series. Annette’s writing style is intelligent and easy to sink into. I’m captivated by this world of Mythics, danger and secrecy. This one has been my favourite story so far.

The Alchemist and an Amaretto had all the elements that I look for in a gripping story.

It has a great plot, with plenty of action and conflict, but with enough humour to keep me engaged. Tori is a young woman (only 21) and a great character. She’s already exhibited many of the personality traits that I love; resilience, humour and self-reliance. Tori’s been in this dangerous world of Mythics for half a year now. She’s ditched the frustrating “ignorance is bliss” attitude and is seeking out to fill all the gaps in her knowledge and skills. Fantastic! We learned a lot about Aaron and his family, and his adolescence with Kai at Sinclair Academy. I loved that.

Cris Dukehart’s performance was fantastic.

I liked the pace at which Cris read the story and her slight tonal adjustment for the dialogue. I never felt confused about who was speaking. Cris has definitely captured Tori’s character and the feel of the story brilliantly in her narration.

Annette doesn’t leave us with nasty cliffhangers. Woop!

Tori continues to grow and develop with each book. We also learn more about Aaron, Kai and Ezra as the series progresses too. New characters are introduced as more about the Mythic world is revealed and secrets are uncovered. But, nothing is left hanging dangerously in a life-or-death cliffhanger. The threat and mystery in this story are dramatically dealt with before the end. However, I’m keen to find out how the events in this story will affect things. What will Tori and the guys get mixed up with next?!

I’d recommend The Alchemist and an Amaretto to fans of action and adventure stories. Especially those who enjoy escapades within urban fantasy settings and don’t mind a bit of slow-burn romance thrown in.

Has my review of The Alchemist and an Amaretto encouraged you to find out more? ‘Course it has! 😉 Click on any of my links to check it out yourself. 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

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 because this is a review about an audiobook, here’s the narrator’s bio.

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.

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about The Alchemist and an Amaretto. Have you read this one or any others by Annette Marie? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

I’m enjoying this series so much that I’ve recently added Annette to my favourites page. Therefore, before you go, check out who else is listed in my A to Z of Amazing Authors. Is your favourite author on my list?

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Bye for now

Flora x

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(2) Comments

  1. Great review! I’m glad you enjoyed this! I adored this series until the very end. I’m glad the author is still releasing spin-offs ♡

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks Mikky. I’m hoping to have listened to the whole series by the end of the year!

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