Edge-Of-Your-Seat, Scream-At-Your-Book, Nail-Biting Brilliance (& OMG THE FRIENDSHIP!) — House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas {Book Review}

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. MaasTitle: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: March 3rd, 2020
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

 

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

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Seven Reasons Why You Should Try The Guild Codex Series by Annette Marie

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Look, I know you’ve all probably heard me rave about The Guild Codex series by Annette Marie at some point.  However, I’ve mostly been raving about each book individually and not yet about the series as a whole. So I fully understand it may still be a bit overwhelming for new readers to just pick up a series like this. You may be thinking, but what is this series even about? You may be thinking, but what if I’m not into urban fantasy? You may be thinking, but I have no idea where to even start with this?

Well, with the state of the world right now and all of us in dire need of some distraction AND with the next book in the series being released in April, I thought now would be a perfect time to put my raving to good use and tell you why you should pick up this series, right now!

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The One Where Everything Hurts — Druid Vices and a Vodka by Annette Marie {ARC Book Review}

Druid Vices and a Vodka by Annette MarieTitle: Druid Vices and a Vodka (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #6)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher:
Dark Owl Fantasy
Release Date: January 3rd, 2020
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: New Adult – Urban Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

I’ve said it before, but sometimes I’m a bad person. I cheated on my twelfth grade math final, I’ve run countless yellow lights, and I gossip about how hot my kickass best friends are. (Good thing my job as a guild bartender doesn’t require moral perfection.)

But there’s bad, and then there’s bad. And I’m not sure which applies to a certain dark druid/wanted criminal/reluctant friend of mine. His transgressions include black-magic dealings, kidnapping, and murder, and he’s about to add “revenge-fueled killing spree” to his resume—if I don’t stop him.

Should I stop him?

He and his nemesis are gearing up to tear each other apart, rogues and vultures are converging with their sights on the spoils, and the guilds that would normally stomp them into the ground are under attack. We’re on the brink of an all-out criminal turf war, and my time to decide is almost up.

Who’s the real bad guy … and do I dare stand in his way?

THE GUILD CODEX

Spellbound Series:
Three Mages and a Margarita (#1)
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (#2)
Two Witches and a Whiskey (#3)
Demon Magic and a Martini (#4)
The Alchemist and an Amaretto (#5)
Druid Vices and a Vodka (#6)

Demonized Series:
Taming Demons for Beginners (#1)
Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (#2)

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That’s It, I’m Officially In Love With A Demon — Slaying Monsters for the Feeble by Annette Marie {ARC Book Review}

Slaying Monsters For The Feeble by Annette MarieTitle: Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (The Guild Codex: Demonized #2)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher:
Dark Owl Fantasy
Release Date: November 1st, 2019
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: New Adult – Urban Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: NEW ALL-TIME FAVORITE

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

I’m bound to a demon.

For my entire life, I avoided magic at all costs. Now, I’m responsible for a demon who wields magic more powerful than the toughest mage or sorcerer.

Demons are evil.

That’s what my textbooks say. That’s what I see. He’s ruthless, he’s temperamental, he’s cold. But he protects me without fail. I wonder if he’s hiding a heart behind his hostility.

My demon is a monster.

Whether he’s heartless or not, my contract with him is illegal and beyond dangerous. Together, we must find a way to return him to his own world before anyone discovers our secret. If that wasn’t bad enough, I’ve come to realize something else:

My demon isn’t the only monster I should be worried about.


From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.


THE GUILD CODEX: DEMONIZED
Taming Demons for Beginners (#1)
Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (#2)

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The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie {Book Blitz & Give-Away}

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Hi everyone and welcome to the Book Blitz for Annette Marie’s latest fantasy novel, The Alchemist and an Amaretto, the fifth book in the Guild Codex: Spellbound series. This Book Blitz is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

It’s no surprise that I am a huge Annette Marie fan. You can check out my ARC review for The Alchemist and an Amaretto here (spoiler: it’s a five-star review. Again) However, if you still need more convincing, I highly suggest you to check out the summary and excerpt below and enter the fun, blitz-wide give-away for your chance to win 2x $10 Amazon gift cards!

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How Cookies & Curiosity Can Lead To Dark, Intriguing Partnerships — Taming Demons For Beginners by Annette Marie {ARC Review}

Taming Demons for Beginners by Annette MarieTitle: Taming Demons For Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher:
Dark Owl Fantasy
Release Date: September 13th, 2019
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: New Adult – Urban Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: NEW ALL-TIME FAVORITE

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Rule one: Don’t look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle’s house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don’t practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don’t listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I’m supposed to act like I don’t know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don’t talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn’t find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn’t notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn’t break the rules.

But I did, and now it’s too late.


From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.


THE GUILD CODEX: DEMONIZED
Taming Demons for Beginners (#1)
Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (#2) 

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Slaying Monsters For The Feeble by Annette Marie {Cover Reveal}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to the official cover reveal of Slaying Monsters for the Feeble, the second book in the Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie!

This cover reveal is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

Okay, by now I’m sure it’s no surprise at all to any of you that I’m a big fan of Annette Marie’s books. Her newest series is set in the same world as her Guild Codex: Spellbound series, which I already adore. And though I was admittedly a little bit hesitant about this spin-off series, I was blessed enough to be able to read an advance copy of book one, which comes out on September 13th, and let me tell you: THIS SERIES IS AMAZING AND ANNETTE MARIE OUTDID HERSELF YET AGAIN.

So OF COURSE I was itching to see the brand new cover for book two, and honestly… I think it’s my favorite Annette Marie cover ever. (I know I say that with every new cover, but really, she has been blessed by the cover gods). Take a look for yourself!

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Demon Magic & A Martini by Annette Marie {Book Blitz & Give-Away}

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Hi everyone and welcome to the Book Blitz for Annette Marie’s latest fantasy novel, Demon Magic and a Martini, the fourth book in the Guild Codex: Spellbound series. This Book Blitz is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

It’s no surprise that I am a huge Annette Marie fan. Proof of my fangirly obsession is ALL OVER my blog. But if you need still some more convincing, I highly suggest to check out the summary and excerpt below and enter the fun, blitz-wide give-away for your chance to win an Amazon gift card!

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Two Witches and a Whiskey by Annette Marie {Book Blitz & Give-Away}

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Hi everyone and welcome to the Book Blitz for Annette Marie’s latest fantasy novel, Two Witches and a Whiskey, the third book in the Guild Codex: Spellbound series. This Book Blitz is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

Now, I was lucky enough to have been able to read an ARC of Two Witches, so you can already check out my review here. (Spoiler: I LOVED IT!) If you need still some more convincing, I highly suggest to check out the summary and excerpt below and enter the fun, blitz-wide give-away for your chance to win an Amazon gift card!

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Laugh-Out-Loud Humor With Lots of Heart — Two Witches and a Whiskey by Annette Marie {ARC Review}

GCS3 Two Witches and a Whiskey- AnnetteMarie GRTitle: Two Witches and a Whiskey (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #3)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher:
Dark Owl Fantasy
Release Date: February 8th, 2019
Standalone/Series: Series 06
Genre: New Adult – Urban Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: Loved it!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Three months ago, I landed a job as a bartender. But not at a bar—at a guild. Yeah, the magic kind.

I’m not a badass mage like my three smokin’ hot best friends. I’m not a sorcerer or an alchemist, or even a wussy witch. I’m just a human, slinging drinks like a pro and keeping my non-magical nose out of mythic business. Seriously, I know my limits.

So why am I currently standing in a black-magic ritual circle across from a fae lord?

Somewhere behind me, my three mage friends are battling for their lives. Somewhere near my feet is the rogue witch I just knocked out with a stolen spell. And I have about five seconds to convince this very angry sea god not to shmoosh me like a bug.

I’m pretty sure this wasn’t part of the job description.


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


THE GUILD CODEX: SPELLBOUND
Three Mages and a Margarita (#1)
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (#2)
Two Witches and a Whiskey (#3)
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