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Dark Arts and a Daiquiri

The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 2
Written by: Annette Marie
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2018 Annette Marie (P)2018 Tantor

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Good story

Good story

À little repetative regarding the main character's ogling but overall was entertaining and fun

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Look, there is another hot guy to flirt with

[contains some spoilers]

The first half of this book is just dragging on. Tori takes ages to understand what's going on with that evil evil mage (not evil enough to not flirt with him though). She devises ever more fictions to support her view point until grudgingly admitting the truth to herself. If Annette Marie would be capable of producing complex literature the reader could start imagining that Toris stories of her bad childhood where just fabrications of her to get attention, showing her other actions in a new light - but since the story is predictably shallow this is unlikely.

Also one star down for bad price / duration.

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love it!

well written, well read, thoroughly enjoyable, funny, I laughed out loud! love it! can't stop listening.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 2018-12-01

Love this audio story

This is the second book in the series. Once I saw that it was out after book 1 I had to get it . Finished it in a day .
This story involves Tori again with her best friends, the 3 mages . They are hunting a dark entity for a bounty award . They call it the ghost because nobody has seen the face or where it comes from or how it leaves . Tori gets a chance to go away with the ghost . Her friends , the mages can’t pick anything up on the ghost , even with their special powers . Once Tori goes with the ghost she finds all sort of information on him. But more important is Tori finds she can’t escape to go back home. There is sooo much to this story . I know you will devour it .

Cris Dukehart was amazing. Cris pulls you right in amd it seems your right in the story . She has a memorizing voice. Looking forward to book 3

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  • NekodeGomen
  • 2018-12-21

I was disappointed

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Three Mages and a Margarita. it was fun, witty, and a unique premise, a non-magic human surrounded by magic users! I had high expectations for this one. It starts out fun, but goes downhill quickly. I could've gotten behind the fact that Tori faced in head first over her head because she saw herself in the missing girl, but the rest was hard to get through. Tori's infatuation with the Shadow Mage was cringeworthy. She spends more time drooling over him than anything else. A lot of the situations she finds herself in with him don't feel natural. All this after a knee-weakening make out session with Aaron. The plot twist was good. But the final show down relied too heavily on the Shadow Mage. Three powerful mages and this guy is stronger than all of them? I felt let down by this book. I've been reading Red Winter and Dark Tempest by this author and am in love with them! This one just isn't a strong sequel.

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  • jane mcneil
  • 2019-01-23

Great performance by narrator. Story line thin.

I want to like the idea of a young, strong, take care of herself gal out in the world. So, I listened to both “books”. ( seems like a already short book chopped in two) The main character has no magical training but mysteriously masters spells and use of artifacts by observing others once. Aaaahhh I wanted a lot more character development. That being said this is a good book if you are a 14 year old girl. There definitely is an audience for it. And parts are entertaining but thin. I was extremely kind with my rating of the first book but had to be more critical here.

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  • ERICK
  • 2019-05-19

Great follow up to book 1

The best part about this book is how it gives a chance for the main character to show she can really handle herself on her own without magic. It really made the story more interesting and fun. The story overall wasn't fantastic, but I really enjoy the characters in this series.

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  • Susan Crowe
  • 2019-05-10

Why does this always happen!!???

This always happens to me. I will LOVE book 1 of a fantasy book but not the rest in the series. I am DNFing this one. I just can't. I'm sure it's a great book for someone, just not me.

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  • bjorn temple
  • 2019-05-05

I thought it sounded interesting

targeted towards female reader. The obsession with men in this book was not for me.

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  • MaGGot
  • 2019-04-22

Tééñ Úrbàñ Phantasy

Everyone is a 💓 throb... A teenie boppers fairy fay fantasy.
Entertaining, cool characters, an awsum epic druid.

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  • Taylor
  • 2019-01-29

perty gud

Sooooooooo... Tori probably isn't a mary sue. probably. but that doesn't stop her from being an author self insert, considering she's constantly surrounded by hot men, and... well, I won't spoil it, but there are some scenes that seem like fantasies from a very hormonal teenaged girl.

still, there's a lot to like in this book, and I'm saying that as a straight man. everything is very well written, despite the copious amounts of manservice, which is more amusing than anything else.

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  • Viddie31
  • 2018-11-26

Amazing YA novel with lots of magical hunks

Perfect audible to distract from a long car ride in the Dakotas. Can’t wait until the third book comes out!!

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  • Joanne
  • 2019-02-02

I tried, I really tried

I hate it when the supposedly intelligent heroine does something so stupid she puts herself and everyone else in danger. Tory is a hothead and in the first book, she did a few impulsive, stupid acts but in this, the second book, she’s beyond stupid. I couldn’t finish it. The narrator is great and she saves the storyline. And maybe it gets better. And I know it’s a YA book but I enjoy YA UF but did not like this one.

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