Review – Dark Arts and a Daiquiri

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri book cover


Dark Arts and a Daiquiri


The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2


Annette Marie


Urban Fantasy


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?


4stars rating

A smooth, fun and very enjoyable read!


Was, as always, very good. All scenes and environments were detailed and clear, giving your rampant imagination enough material to go wild.

Character development:

Was very good. As our three mages arent as prominent in this book, we got a lot of Tori’s inner musings going on. We know more about how her history really shaped her, the scars it left and how her decisions are influenced by them. She has grown a lot, come more into her own, while remaining a strong, steadfast young woman that can take care of herself.
Now onto the men… while I’ve been on team Ezra since the beginning, I must admit I really like our new ‘addition’. He is awesome! Dark, mysterious, sexy as hell… I mean, what more do you want?! I really hope we see a lot more of him in the books to come.

Pacing & Flow:

Were, again, very good. It just sucked me in and well, yeah, very smooth. Good balance between action and conversations.

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is no sex described in this instalment (if that is important to you).

Final Thoughts:

All in all, I can honestly say, this series is such a pleasure to read! Book 3 is pretty much on top of my TBR pile *makes apologetic noises to all the other books waiting* Recommended!