by Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #5
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Length: 6 hours and 55 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.3x
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
I promptly devoured The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie; the fifth audiobook in the Guild Codex: Spellbound urban fantasy series. Then immediately hated myself for not savoring it. I am once again left waiting for the next audio installment. ?
This series has fast become a favorite and I drop everything the minute a new audiobook hits. This is actually a holiday book, complete with Christmas trees as our feisty bartender travels with her friends to Sinclair Academy and the home of Aaron’s parents. Trouble, mischievous mistletoe and earth shattering revelations await you!
I freakin’ love this series. It was interesting being away with the gang (Tori, Ezra, Aaron and Kai. Sin accompanied them) and we gained some perspective into each of them. Trouble follows and in this case something is attacking students in the woods.
The banter was fantastic. I smiled and laughed and joined in the teasing until Marie amped up the suspense with the monster in woods and thread involving Ezra. Something isn’t right with Ezra, he is not sleeping and Tori is struggling with her feelings about him. My lips are sealed because…spoilers!! It was intense and gosh darn it; I cried. Seriously. *shakes a fist at Marie* We learned a lot which left me flailing my hands and needing even more answers and possibly some assurances. Hold me.
Because this is urban fantasy, I recommend listening to the series in the order of its release. The friendships, Tori’s growth and position in the Crow and Hammer are all things you’ll want to know. Plus, it’s fantastic, fun, intense and addictive.
While the books are available, I recommend listening. Cris Dukehart does a standup job bringing these characters and the camaraderie they share to life. Each character from human to supernatural has a unique voice and through her tone & vocals she enhances the suspense, emotions, and my overall enjoyment of the stories.
Now I am left waiting for Druid Vices and Vodka on audio. Maybe I will be able to savior that one and not devour it in a single night?!?
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I’m really enjoying this series and Cris Dukehart’s narration, although I’ve only read the first two books, I will definitely be downloading the rest over the course of this year.
Ahh I have heard so many good things about Annette Marie and if the fifth book in a series is getting give stars you can tell it is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to try sometihng by this author and the banter sounds brilliant ^.^
i read the author has a thing for dragons. me too! sounds like a fabulous series!
Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
Nope, you’ll inhale Druid Vices and a Vodka because it was so much more intense, insane and emotional than this one was!! OMG… I’m still not over it!
Is it weird that your review for Alchemist and An Amaretto has made me want to do a massive re-read?! July, and book seven, is too far away!! At least the Demonized series will tide us over… Have you read them? The sister series entangles in a BIG way going forward so if you haven’t you could catch up on those. 😉 Robin and Zylas are awesome!
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Debbie S Haupt
Ah yet another series I think I would like maybe 2020 is the year for cloning LOL Thanks for the review Kim it sounds great.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
This series sounds so fun and every review you’ve posted has made me want to pick this one up. Now I actually need to try this series and read the first book!
Anne - Books of My Heart
I’m loving these too. I’ve been listening because I am also a Cris Dukehart fan. I am quite tempted to read the books ahead in KU but I do love the audio. It’s intermixing now with the Demonized series so that gives another perspective. I’m putting my faith in Tori’s never give up ways. Fantastic review! You know you are listening the minute it is available.
Jenea's Book Obsession
It sounds like it was well worth the wait! I’m off the see if I can get the first book in the series now!
This sounds like a fun series.
I need to try this series. It sounds so great!
I really enjoyed this one as well! I need to read the sequel.
Yes! I adore this series and the spin off with Robyn is just as good! I need to read the latest but I’ve heard it has a killer ending so I’m trying to wait until a little closer to April to start it but it is so hard waiting!
Hehe..working on those now 🙂
sounds like I will be binging on this series soon enough xD I can’t wait!
Ohhh, this sounds lovely — and just fun! I think this is a series Di over at Bookreviews by Di adores too.