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

tgc2Book: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri
Author: Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2
Genre: Urban fantasy, paranormal

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?

 

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

In Dark Arts and a Daiquiri Aaron, Kai and Ezra enlist the help of Tori on their current mission for the guild. They are trying to find a missing girl who was taken by an infamous elusive person called The Ghost. Tori goes undercover but things don’t go according to plan.

For a lot of this book Tori is away from the guild and the guys but I didn’t feel like that affected my enjoyment of the story at all. I love reading about Tori’s interactions with Aaron, Kai and Ezra but I’m glad that this book went somewhere different with Tori being in a different place with new characters. And speaking of new characters, I really liked a certain new character in this book (I can’t say who because I don’t want to spoil anything) and I hope the character shows up in future books.

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri was very action packed and fast paced and I loved that. I also liked how Tori is slowly learning more and more about the world she’s been thrust into.

Overall I enjoyed this instalment in the series just as much as the first and I love how each book has its own separate storyline. I particularly liked some of the twists in this book and can’t wait for more of the series.

Favourite Books

Favourite Series Endings

I love when an ending to a series is so good that you can just feel the journey the characters have went on or the over arcing story comes together in such a perfect way. I thought I’d talk about five of my favourite series endings today and even though some of these endings were very heart wrenching I still loved them and thought the conclusions suited the story. I’m also linking up to Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) but instead of the topic of The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover I went with my Favourite Series Endings instead.

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The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman – I liked the first two books in this trilogy but I loved the last book even more. I loved the way the author wrote The Toll and how the world was described, the storytelling was so captivating in The Toll and I loved how everything wove together.

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare – I think a lot of people can agree with me on how amazing the ending of Clockwork Princess was. I was so surprised at the ending and the trilogy will always be one of my favourites because of the characters and the ending.

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu – I know Champion is not the official end of the Legend series now since Rebel has been released but I’m still counting it as the ending since that’s where the main storyline wrapped up. I remember when Champion came out a lot of people hated the ending but I actually loved it, it was very emotional and I loved that because it made a lasting impression on me while also still feeling true to the series.

War of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #3) by Helen Scheuerer – I loved this fantasy trilogy and was very sad that it was over but I liked how everything wrapped up and I liked how immense this last book felt.

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J Maas – Throne of Glass is one of my favourite series and so much happens throughout the course of the books so I was nervous about how it would end but I needn’t have worried because I loved the ending. It felt like such an epic conclusion to the series and I loved how far the characters had come and where they ended up.

What are some of your favourite series endings?

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

tgc1Book: Three Mages and a Margarita
Author: Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1
Genre: Urban fantasy, paranormal

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 for 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 jerks, 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.

 

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

I saw this book on a lot of people’s favourite lists of last year so I decided to pick it up and I’m so glad I did because I really enjoyed it.

The Guild Codex is an urban fantasy series that follows Tori, a human, who gets fired from her job and ends up coming across a job opening for a bartender. When she starts working there she finds out that it’s not just an average bar but a guild, which is where different classes of mages, sorcerers, witches and so on come together to take on jobs and missions. I liked finding out about this hidden paranormal world through Tori’s eyes.

I was instantly sucked into the story because of the writing. It felt so easy to get lost in the story and the pages quickly flew by from there. Tori is such a funny and likable character and I loved reading about her, her pov makes the story so much more fun.

The book introduces a lot of interesting characters especially Aaron, Kai and Ezra who are three mages that become friends with Tori. They’re all interesting with their own personalities and I liked how close the three of them were with each other. They have a deep friendship bond and I liked how they quickly took Tori into their group.

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot and thought it is such a great start to the series. The pacing of the story was also really great and I flew through the pages. I would recommend this if you’re looking for a new urban fantasy series with amazing characters and a captivating plot.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Book Covers That Have Hearts On Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Love freebie. So for this I chose to do: Book Covers That Have Hearts On Them.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
My True Love Gave To Me by various authors

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

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Looking For Alaska by John Green

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

99 days by Katie Cotugno

What are some other book covers that you can think of with hearts on them?

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Book Review: Rebel (Legend #4) by Marie Lu

rebelBook: Rebel
Series: Legend #4
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Dystopia/Sci-fi

Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel.

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

I read the Legend trilogy years ago when it came out and loved it so when Rebel was announced I knew I had to reread the trilogy before reading Rebel and I was glad I did.

I liked reading about the characters again and seeing what had become of their lives now that it’s ten years later. We got a flash of this in Champion when the epilogue was set ten years in the future and we saw June and Day bump into each other on the street. Rebel starts from there and is told in dual povs from Daniel (Day) and Eden. June doesn’t have a pov but she is in Rebel although the focus of the story is on Eden and Daniel and what their lives are like after the events of Legend and have moved to a new place.

Eden has a lot of internal conflict about being in his brother’s shadow and that added an interesting element to the storyline. It was sad to see how much Eden and Daniel have distanced themselves emotionally from each other in Rebel, they are still close but much has changed in the ten years and they have both grew up.

Rebel is set in Antarctica which we got to see a bit at the end of the Legend trilogy. Daniel and Eden live there and have been living with the level system. I thought the level system was such an intriguing concept when it was first mentioned and I liked how we got to see more of that in Rebel.

It was great to read about these characters coming together again and I liked reading about June and Daniel and how they are still figuring out each other and their relationship. There were only a few mentions of Tess in Rebel and I wanted there to be more.

Rebel focuses on a new storyline and a new villain but it still has the core feeling of the Legend trilogy with the main characters rebelling against the government and standing up for what’s right.

Overall I liked Rebel and I think if you loved the Legend trilogy and wanted to know more of what happened to the characters after it then you should think about picking up Rebel.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Underrated 5 STAR Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads. For this week’s topic I decided to change it to: Underrated 5 STAR Reads. These are books I’ve read and rated 5 STARS that I feel not many people know about or are underrated.

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles [MY REVIEW]

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Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood [MY REVIEW]

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Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #1) by Helen Scheuerer [MY REVIEW]

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The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven [MY REVIEW]

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Solanin by Inio Asano [MY REVIEW]

What are some of your underrated 5 STAR reads?