Review ~ Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie @annettemmarie @TantorAudio

Posted March 7, 2019 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review ~ Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie @annettemmarie @TantorAudioDark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 7 hrs 39 mins
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2
Published by Tantor Audio on November 16, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 265
4 Stars
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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?

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Dark Arts and a Daiquiri is book two in the Guild Codex: Spellbound series by Annette Marie.

Despite knowing her job as bartender at the Guild is temporary, Tori is still determined to be independent and is found searching for apartments. She finds the perfect apartment, only to discover there is a little something in there that needs to be dealt with before she will sign on the dotted line.

Aaron, Kai and Ezra somehow convince Tory to help them on a bounty to catch the most dangerous mythic alive. He’s been abducting people and they’ve never been seen again. When Tory sees the picture of the recently missing girl, she can’t say no. Problem is, Tory lets her heart override her mind and she ends up in a ton of trouble.

Tory’s big decision to take the investigation as far as she did seemed to be driven by some big emotions and it was written so that it wasn’t just some stupid move. You get some reasoning behind it and you understand why. That helped me think better of her. Tori is able to keep her focus and find out as much as she can about the Ghost. Problem was, the more we find out, the more both Tori and I understood and actually liked the Ghost! We get a switch up in bad guys and Tori ends up back with the boys, still trying to save the missing girl.

I had a lot of fun with Dark Arts and a Daiquiri. I enjoyed Tori’s antics and determination to live as a human among mythics. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help trying to pair her up romantically with someone. The lack of romance had me trying to get Tori hooked up with someone. I don’t know if she eventually does, but I hope we get a bit more romance added in future books, even though I know that is not a top priority in this urban fantasy series.

Cris Dukehart is one of my favorite narrators and is one of the reasons I chose this series to listen to. She does a great job with the character voices and is very pleasant to listen to. I get lost in the story with her narration and that is just what I want to happen when I listen to an audiobook.

About Annette Marie

Annette Marie is the author of 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 urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every single book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible 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.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2019 Audiobook Challenge