More Humor, More Worldbuilding & More Intriguing Characters Equals More Fangirling From Me — Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie {ARC Book Review}

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette MarieTitle: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher:
Dark Owl Fantasy
Release Date: November 16th, 2018
Standalone/Series: Series 
Genre: New Adult – Urban Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: Loved it, new all-time favorite!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

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.

MY THOUGHTS (SPOILER-FREE):

Note: I received an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Annette Marie has done it again. Scratch that, Annette Marie has outdone herself. AGAIN. Now, I loved the first book in this series, Three Mages and A Margarita. But I wasn’t IN LOVE with it either. Three Mages took me for a fun ride. It was a humor-filled, fast-paced and sexy urban fantasy that I rated a solid four stars. It definitely outdid my expectations, but I still wasn’t expecting to be as obsessed with the series as I am with Annette’s other series. And then along came Dark Arts and a Daiquiri, the second book, and BAM. Out come the five star ratings. Because oh my, am I obsessed now! Why? Because Dark Arts took everything I liked in Three Mages and added MORE of it. Let me sum up:

More laugh-out-loud humor. Our main character, Tori, is hilarious! Personally, she’s my least  relatable Annette Marie heroine (I’m probably more of a mix of Emi and Clio), so at first, I thought I would get frustrated with Tori’s impulsiveness and hot-headedness. But in reality, I am throughly entertained by her. I love being in Tori’s head. I love watching her experiences, and though part of me is thinking “Girl, what are you even doing?”, another part is just sitting back with some popcorn and enjoying the show, because one thing’s for sure: Tori will make you laugh. Out loud. Whether it’s her own sassy way of seeing the world or just the situations she gets herself into, the girl is a lot of fun!

More intricate worldbuilding. Three Mages introduced us to a whole new world. It explained the basic rules and set up the main players of this magical world. It was wonderful, but it was also just an introduction. The fun part about this world is that there is SO MUCH to still discover and we got to start that discovery with Dark Arts. And I do mean start, because this was just the tip of the iceberg. And I am so here for that, because I can’t wait to learn more of this world that feels so vividly real and is slowly becoming yet another one of my favorite fictional worlds out there.

More intriguing characters. You didn’t think it would stop at the aforementioned three mages, now did you? Well, to be honest, I kind of did. I mean, when you already have three amazing multi-dimensional and intriguing characters such as Aaron, Ezra and Kai, I thought that would be it. And I would have been more than happy and content with just them. So at first, when this book took a step away from my favorite three mages, I was hesitant. Really hesitant. But then Annette introduces us to The Ghost, another character who may or may not have kind of stolen the show from our mages. And while I was happy to be reunited with our mages near the end of the book (and that we had those awesome Kai moments I’ve been missing in book one), I hope our new character also sticks around. Perhaps as a potential love interest? I wouldn’t be opposed to that at all…

I loved this book. I loved it so much, I immediately re-read it a second time after finishing it. As a matter of fact, I now consider myself obsessed. Seriously, February and the release of Two Witches and a Whiskey can’t come fast enough. So if you’re looking for a new urban fantasy read, something filled with fantastical creatures, firecracker heroines, vivid and intriguing  (and sexy) characters and lots and lots of humor, I strongly urge you to try The Guild Codex series. You won’t regret it.

Check out Dark Arts yourself:

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Author bio:

Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) 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.

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Bookish Merchandise To Gift The Bookworm in Your Life (Especially If That Bookworm Is Me) {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today is all about that bookish merchandise! Because us bookworms don’t just love books, we love the bookish merch as well. Mostly to look at and admire from afar, because with those precious funds book could be bought instead, but once in a while a splurge could occur and one of these fun bookish items could be purchased. Or even better, gifted, because is there any gift more fun to give and receive than bookish merch?

So for fun’s sake, here’s some of the bookish merch on my wishlist 🙂

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The Books From My 2018 TBR I Haven’t Read Yet (But Am Still Hoping To Soon) {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today was all about backlist books I haven’t read yet, and well, since I’m so terribly behind on books and can’t keep up with my TBR to save my life, I thought it would be fun (haha, fun) to check out some of the books that were on my winter TBR, spring TBR, summer TBR and fall TBR posts for 2018 and I STILL haven’t read.

Join me for another walk of shame and feel free to tell me I really need to get to these soon 😉

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Calendar Girls – November 2018 – Not Quite the End: Favorite Middle Book in a Series

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The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now hosted by Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads, and Katie at Never Not Reading. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.

So, just like the song, each month a new theme is chosen (participants will get to vote between two choices), and participating bloggers get to choose their favorite book within the theme, or the book they think best fits the theme, to talk about in a blog post on the first Monday of each month.

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Two Witches and a Whiskey by Annette Marie {Cover Reveal}

 

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Hi everybody, and welcome to the official cover reveal of Two Witches and a Whiskey, the third book in the Guild Codex: Spellbound series by Annette Marie!

This cover reveal is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

By now, I’m sure it is no surprise to any of you that I love Annette Marie’s books. But though I can rave about the writing, the worldbuilding, the pacing, the character development or romance aspects of her books all day long, another amazing (if slightly more superficial) aspect of her books that deserves some love is the absolutely gorgeous covers. Annette Marie has definitely been blessed by the cover gods, but I’ve got to admit that this latest cover is one of my favorites!

So check out the full cover below and while you’re at it, be sure to check out her books, including this lovely Guild Codex: Spellbound series

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October 2018: The Month So Many Amazing New Releases Came Out So Of Course I Mostly Re-Read Old Favorites & Listened To One Song On Repeat {Monthly Wrap Up}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to my October wrap up!

AND ALSO, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Given my recent personal developments, I’ve still been a little M.I.A. this month, so again apologies to all my blogger friends! I’m hoping to catch up with all your blogs very, VERY soon. In the meantime, I’m hoping you’ll all have an amazing Halloween! Let me know how you’ll be spending today!

On the reading front not a whole lot of actual reading happened either, but there were some amazing releases this month and some of those I already started on, so that’s a definite plus. Musically, I continued my trend of listening to the same band over and over again and tv-wise… nothing at all happened.

So let’s just get into what I did do during the magical month of October!

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Ten Songs For Your Halloween Playlist {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, Halloween is upon as again tomorrow and being as it’s my favorite holiday (and my birthday, so you can say I was born to be a Halloween fan, haha) it deserves to be celebrated!

I usually love spending this day by watching scary movies, reading books featuring supernatural creatures AND listening to my Halloween playlist. So since I already focused on the first two in previous Halloween posts, for today’s post I decided to share ten of my favorite Halloween songs.

I tried to list some of the lesser known songs and a mix of genres, so I hope you’ll discover some new additions to your own playlists! Happy listening and happy Halloween everybody!

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Villains You Just Can’t Help But Root For {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about villains! Now, I did  a post on my favorite villains a while back, so today I thought I’d highlight some of those villains that I love so much that I’m also kind of rooting for them to win. To me, the best villains are those that are delightfully morally gray, the ones that you can even understand and get where they are coming from. The ones you just want to hug and see luck be on their side. The ones who deserve to be loved, achieve success and get that win!

So without further ado, I present to you my top ten villains to root for from books, movies and TV:

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Blog Tour: Three Mages And A Margarita by Annette Marie {Book Review & Giveaway}

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Hi everyone, and welcome to my stop for the Three Mages And A Margarita Blog Tour!

I have been a huge Annette Marie fangirl ever since I picked up and fell head over heels in love with her Red Winter trilogy (check out my post on Ten Reasons Why Red Winter Is THE Hidden Gem YA Fantasy Series). I quickly devoured her other series: Steel and Stone and The Night Realm and loved them all just as much. Naturally, when I got accepted to be an Xpresso Blog Tour Host for Annette Marie’s newest fantasy book, I was ECSTATIC! Yes, give me all the Annette Marie books please, and I will gladly talk about them all!

So without further ado, please scroll down to see my review and thoughts on Three Mages And A Margarita, as well as the fun tour-wide giveaway!

Notes:
I received an advanced reading copy through Xpresso Book Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
Check out the other stops on this blog tour here.

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I Like Big Books & I Cannot Lie — The Longest Books I’ve Ever Read {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about BIG BOOKS. ‘Cause you know, I like big books and I cannot lie… except I am lying a little bit because even though I love big books they also intimidate me and I get frustrated when I spend too long on one book so I only read them sporadically… But I did read some big books in my life so far! Here are the biggest ones, according to Goodreads:

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