Review – Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie

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December 22, 2020 by ceresbooksworld

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie

Book two in The Guild Codex : Spellbound series

Book two in The Guild Codex Universe

Publisher : Dark Owl Fantasy Inc

Publication date : November 16th, 2018

Source : Paperback

Rating : Evil Love


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?


In this second book we find Tori and her guild, Aaron, Kai and Ezra need her to attract a druid who kidnaps people and is also a murderer. You can imagine that everything will not go as planned, Tori is going to be kidnapped but she is resourceful.

What can I tell you about this tome except that I loved it, Tori is true to herself, she’s trying to save the world, unfortunately she’s only human and it’s a bit complicated for her. However, she can always count on her best friends to protect her.

I loved the relationship Tori has with the three mages, you can feel that she appreciates them very much and that it is reciprocal of course. We find out a little bit more about Tori, including why she has trouble trusting people.

We see a little less the boys in this tome but don’t worry they’re still there and then you’re going to discover new characters, especially one that is very interesting and intriguing.

I loved this story that immerses us a little bit more in the guild universe and I can’t wait to read the other volumes.

I love Annette Marie’s style, her characters are endearing, each in their own way and the story is so captivating that I couldn’t let go of the book.

Quick word: A second book even more successful than the first one.


Dans ce deuxième tome nous retrouvons Tori et sa guilde, Aaron, Kai et Ezra ont besoin d’elle pour attirer un druide qui enlève des personnes et qui est aussi un meurtrier. Vous vous doutez bien que tout ne se passera pas comme prévu, Tori va se faire enlever mais elle est pleine de ressource.

Que vous dire sur ce tome à part que j’ai adoré, Tori est fidèle à elle-même, elle essaie de sauver le monde, malheureusement elle n’est qu’humaine et c’est un peu compliqué pour elle. Cependant elle peut toujours compter sur ses meilleurs amis pour la protéger.

J’ai adoré la relation qui se crée entre Tori et les trois mages, on sent bien qu’elle les apprécie beaucoup et que c’est réciproque bien sûr. On va découvrir un peu plus de choses sur Tori, notamment pourquoi elle a du mal à faire confiance.

On voit un peu moins les garçons dans ce tome mais ne vous inquiétez pas ils sont quand même là et puis vous allez découvrir de nouveaux personnages, surtout un qui est très intéressant et intriguant.

J’ai adoré cette histoire qui nous plonge un peu plus dans l’univers de la guilde et j’ai hâte de lire les autres tomes.

J’adore le style d’Annette Marie, ses personnages sont attachants, chacun à leur manière et l’histoire est tellement captivante que je n’ai pas réussi à lâcher le livre.

En bref : Un deuxième tome encore plus réussi que le premier.

About the author

Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, romantic fantasy Red Winter, and sassy UF series The Guild Codex.

Her first love is fantasy, while fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has 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 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.

Find out more about Annette and her books at


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