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Taming Demons for Beginners

Guild Codex: Demonized Series, Book 1
Written by: Annette Marie
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Series: The Guild Codex: Demonized, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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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. 

Make sure to check out the companion series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound, available now, and The Guild Codex: Warped, coauthored by Rob Jacobsen.

©2019 Annette Marie (P)2019 Tantor

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Great companion novel!

Reviews seem to be split on this book. Personally I am on team better than the OG series.

I am totally hooked on the whole series. First book series I have come across that I feel is meant to be binged. While far from a great literary novel, the overall series has been a joy to listen too.

The pace is definitely slower. Robin in more calculated and cautious than Tori. As the first person narration shows.

Robin is the more relatable of the two as she approaches the world with all the uncertainty of a mild mannered 20 year old nerd. However her level of reserve allows the book to be a bit more sexually risky.

Overall if you enjoyed the Original series this book is just as good. A lot slower and a little more Juicy (o_-) (YA style, so not too juicy).

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Long slow start

Read this in the order suggested for the Guild Codex universe meaning it was book 5 or 6. I am all over the place on this one. this first half is a 2. it was a brutal slog to get to chapter 13 which is when the action finally picks up. the rest is a 4 except when we get to see the scenes we have already experienced from Tori's perspective. those are real fun... I'd give those a 5. Glad this ends with her in the Crow and Hammer as the authors real strong suite is interesting characters interacting. This had far to little of that and awesome Demon never quite filled those boots.

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A great author to follow

Annette's books are binge worthy reads with magic and complexity. they provide an excellent escape from the real world. Fun, sassy, steamy, and great story. Can't wait for more.

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another great story in the series!

loved learning about a new character and how she came about before joining the crow and hammer guild. once I start one of these books, I don't want to stop until its done! ✔

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Amazing - Finished in a day!

I love this author and this book! Amazing and enthralling entertainment as always!! I couldn't stop listening. This book draws you in right away and is not stop action!

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  • niaskywalk
  • 2020-01-09

Simply Fun!

Although she has several series, I have only been reading The Guild Codex series by Annette Marie. I must say the woman knows how to write a good fun adventure.

Young Adult Urban Fantasy in a normal world with a twist. This story stars a new character and unfolds the events that led to her entering the Crow and Hammer's guild hall at the end of Demon Magic and a Martini. From this point onward, I see and interesting weaving beginning.

This volume reads well as a swift introduction to the World and can be read independently. However, I Highly recommend going to the beginning found in Three Mages and a Margarita: Guild Codex: Spellbound, Vol 1 as soon as possible afterward :-) I am eating this series up like a delectable buffet of homemade cookies.

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  • A. Sunmonu
  • 2020-01-08

Not my cup of tea

Got as far as chapter 16 before i had to call it a day. Can't stand the helpless heroine routine and the stupid teenager walking into a bad neighbourhood all hapless and the "save me!" routine.... Having fainting fits because someone shouts at you...... Like i said, not my cup of tea

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  • Willow5
  • 2020-01-14

Wonderful

I think I may like this series even more than the Spellbound books! Annette Marie has a way of writing endearing female leads that you find yourself rooting for. I don't understand the reviewers that found Robin too naive or helpless - that was part of her charm! I was only too happy to follow this character with real flaws, and watch her slowly start to grow into herself. And I very much enjoyed the developing relationship between her and the demon. The back and forth between the two was extremely entertaining.
Marie's writing is witty and fun and fast-paced, and includes the perfect amount of emotional drama and just a tease of simmering romantic tension. To top it off, the narrator was fantastic. Five stars all around, and I don't give that lightly!

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  • Barb (Paging Through The Days)
  • 2020-01-21

Wow!

I’m not sure I can put into words just how freaking awesome this story was! Haha. This was not what I had been expecting. Robin this sweet, tiny slip of a girl is a total bad mamajama!! The innocence she brings to the table makes you instantly like her. Her family, if that’s what you could call these despicable people are horrible to her, try to give her to a demon but something back fires... and the demon is now bound to her. Yet, he’s a wild card she’s not really ready for.

The battle with herself, the demon and the outside world really is a lot to take on. Her game of cat and mouse almost ends up with her being taken over. Her demon however, earns his money where he can. The biggest hurdle is to keep the secret she’s carrying around just that, a secret. She’s now part of the Crow And Hammer which means... not only is her secret in jeopardy so is someone else’s.

I can’t wait for more of this series!

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  • James
  • 2020-02-21

It’s ok

The main character is a little bit annoying but overall it’s a good story a bit slow in the beginning but it picks up later on.

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  • ConnollyHouse
  • 2020-01-05

Stick with it

This book starts off kind of slow. I was disappointed at first but I stuck with it and it definitely got better.

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  • Beatrice George
  • 2020-01-03

I didn't like it

I really enjoy the Spellbound series, but I couldn't get into this one. I won't be getting the next book in this series. As always, Cris Dukehart did a great job as narrator.

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  • Danny Creagan
  • 2020-06-27

The first 30 minutes were trying for me

First, I like Annette Marie and Cris Dukehart. I have read the Spellbound series of the Guild Codex and liked it. Ms Dukehart really captures what I think the main character should be. Ms Marie tells a great story that is almost totally YA but still interesting to an old fart like me.

I started this series and was somewhat disappointed for the first 30 minutes or so. The character was so flaky and weak that it kinda jangled my nerves. However, I ended up getting more absorbed in it and, for light listening, it ended up being quite good. I went ahead and purchased the rest of the series.

I recently just finished 'The Stand' by King and maybe that colored my first impression. This is NOT a Stephan King novel/series! This is YA but should appeal to many. There won't be raw sex, cursing or blatant horror but there will be lots of violence and funny moments that round it out nicely.

Like most of Ms Marie's stories, this one has a cliffhanger at the end - she wants you to get the next book - but still has a satisfactory feel after you are done. Try the first one and see if you agree!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-04-28

Entertaining.. However...

I really enjoyed this book and the narrator. Narrator was great! im not a hugh fan of weak female leads as the main character. In my opinion she was too timid. Too mousy for me to really like her character. but over all good story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-28

great story - protagonist made me crazy

I found the story riveting but geez I hate it when the lead character is whiny and stupid. The narrator has her pegged perfectly which says something about her performance. But all that aside I'll be listening to the next one for sure.

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