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Monday, February 17, 2020

Audio Book Review: Slaying Monsters for the Feeble By Annette Marie

Slaying Monsters for the Feeble
(The Guild Codex: Demonized #2)
By Annette Marie

Length: 8 hours and 27 minutes
Narrator: Cris Dukehart

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.

Heartless or not, my contract with him is illegal and beyond dangerous. Together, we need to find a way to send him back to his own world before anyone discovers our secret. If that wasn’t difficult enough, there’s another problem:

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.
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My Review:

This series is magical and I never want it to end! Please give me all the books pertaining to this series, I beg you! The world is so fascinating and well built. The characters are complex and some walk in a grey area that makes the story that much more interesting.

Robin has been withstanding everything that's been thrown at her up to this point and it's amazing she's still alive. I've never seen myself so much in a character like I do with Robin. She's a bookworm who normally likes to stick to the outskirts of groups of people. She wasn't taught any of the survival skills she needs to have in this magical world she's found herself in much to her mother's dismay. Though I still wish I had her cooking skills. It's a fascinating balance Annette Marie strikes with Robin and the world she put her in and I love it!

Zylas is amazingly intelligent while also being a jerk half the time. There are moments when he has me thinking that he actually cares and then that all goes out the window after he calls Robin stupid in his native tongue. It's an entertaining dynamic and I'm excited to see where it's heading. I've said this before and I'll say it again I can't help but want Zylas and Robin to become a couple as dysfunctional as that may turn out.

There were a lot of action-packed scenes that had me on the edge of my seat with my hands over my eyes. There were way too many close calls for comfort. The ending had a bad feeling churning in my gut and I don't know how it's all going to be ok again. At this point, I just need some assurances that everything and everyone will be ok again. 

The Audio Book:

There were one or two scenes where I did get lost in dialogue because the voices were too similar. Other than that the narration was good!

My Rating:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Romantic Things Book Characters Have Said

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
Currently featured on That Artsy Reader Girl

Romantic Things Book
Characters Have Said

"Blessed are those who believe in all that two hearts aligned achieve. For once united, no matter where winter finds them, they will always be warm."
- Where Winter Finds You By J. R. Ward

"You survived and found something most creatures never get. [...] Someone who'll care for you forever."
- Wicked Thorne By Kim Loraine

 "[...] I won't stop reminding her that she loves me."
- When Fate Prevails By A. K. Koonce

"We were unimportant, you and I. We weren't supposed to mean anything to anyone."
- Radiance By Grace Draven

"No matter what happens, our love will always be immortal."
- Immortal Promise By Kim Loraine

Do you have any quotes that have stayed with you throughout the years?
Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Audio Book Review: The Alchemist And An Amaretto By Annette Marie

The Alchemist And An Amaretto
(The Guild Codex: Spellbound #5)
By Annette Marie

Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 6 hours and 55 minutes
As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything—mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I’d rather run for the hills. It doesn’t even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron’s mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I’ve got a bigger problem. Students of his family’s renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds—and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus…and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we’ll protect the students.

And Aaron’s parents too, I suppose. If we have to.
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My Review:

Unfortunately, this was the first book in this series where everything felt lukewarm until the very last chapter. That last chapter did SO much for this book and my heart. I'm so glad things got better though, but boy do I know how to pick em! I've been Team Erza since the beginning and I'm putting my foot down Annette Marie! You can't do that to Erza, you just CAN'T!

Tori was sassy as ever in this novel and I love to see how her fighting skills are improving little by little as each book gets released. Though in this novel we see her show more emotion than what is considered, at this point in the stories, normal for her. My heart was breaking right along with her because this is the moment I, as part of Team Erza, have been waiting 5 books for! Things just have to go right, they just have to!

The guys have been great companions to Tori in the magical world! I love how they each have distinct personalities and quirks. Though Aaron came off as a stuck up *ss in a few parts of this story I'm glad he was called out on his BS. Erza became a much bigger part of this story than I was anticipating and I'm both elated and terrified for the next novel.

The ending. Broke. My. Heart. We were finally getting to know Erza and things were starting to look up but then that happened and I refuse to let it come to pass. Tori has to find a way to work things out. Dare I say no matter the cost! I just need the audio book for the latest book in this series to become available already.

The Audio Book:

The narration was great as always! The voices and tones were good and distinct enough for me to not get lost in conversations between 3+ characters. 

My Rating:

Friday, February 7, 2020

My Ramblings: Dear Middle-Grade Mystery & Horror

Let's celebrate this coming Valentine's Day by remembering our first love! By that I mean I'll be writing a heartfelt letter to my first bookish love: the middle-Grade mystery & horror genre.

Dear Middle-Grade Mystery & Horror,

First and foremost, I'd like to say I'm truly sorry. I left you behind as the years past. Many can say I grew up and ended up thinking I was too good for you and needed to move on. I assure you that's not the case! I loved you, once. It's unfortunate to say but it was just puppy love, you and I.

That may sound harsh, but please hear me out! We grew up together. You were a great big stepping stone to who I am today. We had such amazing and memorable moments together! Do you remember when I let my 6th-grade crush borrow one of you? If you could only have felt the rush I felt in that moment with me. It was exhilarating! I have you to thank for that! Though nothing ever came of it and I never got up the nerve to tell him you were there with me through all those times! Helping keep me an introvert through it all.

Oh, the wonderful worlds we traveled through! There isn't enough time to name all the places and faces we met during those long few years we were with each other. Please, know it was special and very much appreciated at that time!

Though I grew out of you, I hope you have found someone else to fill the void I left. I wish you nothing but the best for there are many more people who will be much more grateful than I was to hear of your adventures. Please don't let my leaving you make you bitter and closed off for all the other souls who are looking for you and want to enjoy your company. 

Forever & Always,

What was the first genre that you fell in love with?
Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 4-Star Reads

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
Currently featured on That Artsy Reader Girl

Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 4-Star Reads
(I rarely give a book a 5-star rating, so I'm trying
not to jinx myself by making it a 4-star rating)

Druid Vices and a Vodka
(The Guild Codex: Spellbound #6)
by Annette Marie

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?
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Wicked Bite
(Night Rebel #2)
By Jeaniene Frost

In the newest Night Rebel novel, set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress world, beautiful, daring vampire Veritas risks all to protect Ian...

Some promises are meant to be broken...

Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she's about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.

Some vows are forever...

Ian's memories might be fragmented, but this master vampire isn't about to be left behind by the woman who entranced him, bound herself to him, and then disappeared. So what if demons, other Law Guardians, and dangerous, otherworldly forces stand against them? Come hell or high water, Ian intends to remind Veritas of the burning passion between them, because she is the only person seared on his mind--and his soul...
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Rage and Ruin
(The Harbinger #2)
By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Forbidden alliances, forbidden love.

A half human, half angel and her bonded gargoyle protector must work with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can't win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason.

Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.
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Taming Demons for Beginners
(The Guild Codex: Demonized #1)
By Annette Marie

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.
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What books do you think will get a 4-star rating from you?
Let me know in the comments below!
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