Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1)
Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview — to see if I'd mesh with their "special" clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right?I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they… offered me the job?It turns out this place isn't a bar. It's a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I'm exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there's a good reason no one else wants to work here.So what's a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course — with a pay raise.Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn't a reverse harem. It's 100% fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy.

Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1) Details

TitleThree Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 14th, 2018
PublisherDark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Paranormal Urban Fantasy

Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1) Review

  • ✶Rachelle✶
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsMagic guilds, Elemental mages and psychics and other magic people, strong sense of friendship and loyalty.....what does this remind me of?...Oh yeah.....Say hello to the more adult, urban fantasy version of Fairy Tail, one of my FAVORITE ANIMES OF ALL TIME. I mean Erza is even my profile pic. I don't know if the similarities are wishful thinking on my part or if the author took inspiration from Fairy Tail, but either way I was SO EXCITED with the connections I was making. I devoured thi 4.5 starsMagic guilds, Elemental mages and psychics and other magic people, strong sense of friendship and loyalty.....what does this remind me of?...Oh yeah.....Say hello to the more adult, urban fantasy version of Fairy Tail, one of my FAVORITE ANIMES OF ALL TIME. I mean Erza is even my profile pic. I don't know if the similarities are wishful thinking on my part or if the author took inspiration from Fairy Tail, but either way I was SO EXCITED with the connections I was making. I devoured this book in 1.5 sittings (the 0.5 being the little I was able to read during my break at work). Annette Marie writes some of the best action scenes I've read, and she just keeps getting better. I literally could not put my Kindle down because I had to know what happened next. Her writing style never fails to suck me in to the fictional world she has created, craving more of everything. Three Mages and a Margarita delivered it all.The one thing I wish was different was knowing more about the main character, Tori. She has a past, but it is just briefly mentioned in the story. Since this is the first of a series (I'm assuming a trilogy), I'm sure this will be addressed in future books. But for the initial connection to the main character, a little more background information would have been nice. A solid read. I can't wait for the next book!———When you get an ARC from one of your favorite authors:
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  • Kristen Burns
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*The blurb says this book is a fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy, and I gotta say, that is actually a highly accurate description!Tori, our main character, was one of those heroines who is full of sass and attitude and runs her mouth off or does impulsive things even when she shouldn't, and that's normally a type of character I'm not fond of. But her short temper was kind of understandable in th 4 StarsReview:*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*The blurb says this book is a fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy, and I gotta say, that is actually a highly accurate description!Tori, our main character, was one of those heroines who is full of sass and attitude and runs her mouth off or does impulsive things even when she shouldn't, and that's normally a type of character I'm not fond of. But her short temper was kind of understandable in the situations and was balanced by her determination, hard work, intelligence, and courage, so I ended up liking her and finding her easy to root for regardless.The other main characters, the three mages mentioned in the title (a pyromage, an electromage, and an aeromage), were fun and sexy and had awesome powers, but they were also loyal and sweet when it mattered. I don't feel like I got to know them super well, but this was only the first book in a series. My favorite though was Ezra; he was the most kind and soft-spoken of the bunch.There was also some disability rep since Ezra is blind in one eye. He wasn't a POV character, but I loved that the author still found a way to make it realistic (instead of just tossing it in as an affectation) and mentioned things like his depth perception not being good.My favorite thing though was the magic system! It was detailed and organized, and I loved how much thought was put into it. I also loved how it included so many different types of abilities and magic users---mages, sorcerers, witches, alchemists, healers, telekinetics, telepaths, claireaudients, diviners, and more that we haven't even seen yet.As for everything else... The pace was fast. The writing was easy to read. Overall, it was a solid start to a new urban fantasy series.Recommended For:Anyone who like mysterious stories, nature-y witches, and forest magic. Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight
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  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    January 1, 1970
    09/17/2018: Read for the second time! This book has been out for only three days and I have fully read it twice already and skimmed through it a third time. I love it!This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.This book was a glorious adventure and it was just what I needed right now! Annette Marie has broken the mold and shattered my expectations yet again. Just when I think that she is super clever for coming up with imaginative, complex fantasy worlds she releases another and I a 09/17/2018: Read for the second time! This book has been out for only three days and I have fully read it twice already and skimmed through it a third time. I love it!This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.This book was a glorious adventure and it was just what I needed right now! Annette Marie has broken the mold and shattered my expectations yet again. Just when I think that she is super clever for coming up with imaginative, complex fantasy worlds she releases another and I am swept away again. If you are as clever as she is, you'll jump on her bandwagon and ride the magical waves of urban fantasy with us.So, yeah. Marie creates such captivating fantasy worlds. Not only is this world (and all of her other fantasy worlds) creative, but it is also damn intriguing. There are different magical systems that are detailed and just plain awesome. There is a magical governing body, magic guilds, and supernatural creatures. There are so many fun and compelling elements that are crafted into this world. There was clearly a lot of thought and research put into this world. This book was different from Marie's other books in that it has a self-contained plot. Marie has said that this series will be episodic. So while elements of the series will carry over to other books, each book of the series will have its own story. While I typically tend to stick to book series that have plots that encompass the entire series as opposed to single books in a series, the changeup in style did not negatively impact my reading at all. So if you are hesitant to try the series because of this, I would urge you to still read this book! I was still able to appreciate the story. The story did seem much more fast-paced than Marie's other books. And while some serious things do occur in the book, the overall feeling was much lighter than her other books. I think the lighter feel and the fast pacing works well with the self-contained plot. The characters in this series were a true delight! I fell in love with these characters so quickly! Like, crazy fast! The main character is spunky, feisty, and fierce. I immediately liked her. Her three mage companions were just as likable. They each bring a different flavor into the story. And no, this isn't a reverse harem story so put that out of your head. (But if that's your thing then good on you. It just doesn't apply here. :)) And if I am being honest, I loved not having any inclination which way the romance in the story would go. With so many options, my mind was whirling! I also really appreciated the underlying themes hidden in the story. Friendship, trust, self-reliance, prejudice, and conviction all show up in the story in one way or another. Overall, Annette Marie is a storytelling Queen and you are mad if you do not read this! Pick this book up and fall into a world you'll want to stay in with characters that you'll want to stay with. This book will make you laugh, will make you root for the heroine, will give you the hella hot mage feels and will make you crave more stories from Annette Marie! And while you are at it, pick up her Steel & Stone series, her spin-off Spell Weaver series, and/or her Red Winter series. Once you read one of Marie's books you will be under her spell! I am so stoked to read the next book in this series!More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    find this review + others on my blog!---I think I've said this before, but whatever. I love Annette Marie's books and I'll read anything of hers at this point. Anything.I was ecstatic when Marie announced two new series, one of them being this one! I was just waiting for more info to come in—cover reveals, character reveals, blurbs, all that good stuff. And each new teaser just got me hyped up all the more.That being said, I was extremely satisfied with Three Mages and a Margarita! Despite the t find this review + others on my blog!---I think I've said this before, but whatever. I love Annette Marie's books and I'll read anything of hers at this point. Anything.I was ecstatic when Marie announced two new series, one of them being this one! I was just waiting for more info to come in—cover reveals, character reveals, blurbs, all that good stuff. And each new teaser just got me hyped up all the more.That being said, I was extremely satisfied with Three Mages and a Margarita! Despite the title being a mouthful—though I do appreciate the alliteration—the book was super fun. It has a voice-y character, funny quips, and lots of friendly camaraderie that I really loved reading.Tori was a really fun character. In all her other books—all eleven! of them!—Marie wrote from a third person point of view and I thought the shift to first person would be weird, but it fit so well! It was easy to fall into Tori's voice and into her head, and this type of narration just really worked for the book. Connecting to bits of her personality was a lot easier for me. And I've always preferred first person PoV anyway, so this was perfect.I also really loved the titular three mages! They're all reminiscent of Marie's other male characters—sarcastic, quiet, attractive—but the three were a tight knit group and you could really tell from the way they interacted, both in casual environments and more dangerous ones. I liked that they took in Tori and got along with her so easily.And despite what you might think with there being three guys, Three Mages is not a reverse harem! Marie herself said so (there's even a note on the GR page). As much as I liked this book, some things did bother me. First being that, of the three mages, only two had real page time. There's Ezra, Aaron, and Kai, but we mostly see significant interactions with Aaron and Ezra, and not much of Kai, which was disappointing.Another thing that bothered me was the use of the word exotic to describe Kai. He's Japanese-American, if what I gathered from the book is correct (AKA if I'm remembering correctly lol), and Tori describes him—three times—as having "exotic features". Um. Don't do this. Don't describe anyone as exotic, especially people of color. And finally, there was the use of the word "girly". Oh my god, I'm so fucking tired. There's nothing wrong with "girly" things and I'm tired of that type of thing being in books! I don't care if you consider shopping girly or crying girly. Every time you do that, you just bring back the negative connotation of feminine things being bad or undesirable. Look, shopping is fun. It's great. And having a certain reaction after a certain event? It's being human. I'm so tired of this.Overall, 3.5 stars. Not my favourite Marie book, but it was definitely a solid start to a new series and I think it holds a lot of potential. There's a lot I'd love to see in the future books, so I can't wait to see where it goes!
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  • Yael Shalom
    January 1, 1970
    Ohhhh boy , That was so much FUN !great characters , great action, three hot bad ass guys and a cool as hell heroine .I loved it . Will defiantly read the next book .
  • Sarah Leenart
    January 1, 1970
    There comes an author once in every while that every word they write is just pure magic on the page. Yes indeed! Annette Marie is one such author for me. Starting out a fresh new series in a whole new world after others have been firmly cemented in people's minds and hearts must be daunting for an author and I admit for a reader it is slightly nerve wracking too, will I like the new world/characters as much as the others? Whether you are a long time fan or new to this author's writing, you will There comes an author once in every while that every word they write is just pure magic on the page. Yes indeed! Annette Marie is one such author for me. Starting out a fresh new series in a whole new world after others have been firmly cemented in people's minds and hearts must be daunting for an author and I admit for a reader it is slightly nerve wracking too, will I like the new world/characters as much as the others? Whether you are a long time fan or new to this author's writing, you will not be disappointed.Tori, Aaron, Ezra, Kai and co. will make their way into your hearts before half the book is out. Immediately compelling, there is no slow start and no boring world stuff. Tori discovers, purely by accident and sheer tenacity of personality, a hidden world of magic hiding in plain sight. As she discovers what is going on, so do we. There are no annoying tropes (love triangle, keep the protagonist ignorant on purpose so it facilitates plot, info dump etc that seem so common these days), just downright fast paced good quality writing with first class editing. Huh, you'd think I was on her marketing team or something, nope just a besotted fan.The story itself is fun, fast paced and Tori is at the centre of it, despite being a human in a magical world. Does that cause problems when she first enters the bar? Of course it does :-) Do some people hate Tori on sight, yes they do. But others give her a chance and Tori's personality, which seems so at odds with the modern world she currently resides in, seems to have found a fit in this odd ball world of mages, guilds, magic councils and rogue operators. Never once did I feel Tori was lacking because of her humanity, her quirks and determination, her temper and her humour made every scene sparkle. When they find that Aaron, one of the people she actually likes and respects from her new found world is being targeted for some reason, she is all in and does everything in her power to stop friends from being hurt. I can't recommend this book enough. Just brilliant and heart felt entertainment. Can't wait for the next.
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  • Jacob
    January 1, 1970
    First draft, so funny.
  • Mellea
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars - I loved this book... it was cute, funny, fluffy, and just what I needed on a lazy Sunday. The description says it's not reverse harem, but it is definitely similar. Lots of witty banter and flirting between Tori and the three hot male leads (guess that's why it needed a disclaimer). I can't wait for book 2!
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  • Stephanie Meehan
    January 1, 1970
    *I was given an ARC for an honest review*OMG this was just soo good. Annette has done it again and gotten me hooked into a new series! Tori is a feisty redhead who gets herself into trouble. Her temper gets her fired from way too many jobs. Desperate she goes the Crow and Hammer for a simple bartender job. Well it wasn;t simple. She uncover a magical guild filled with things she never knew excited. With three mage hotties. Kai, Aaron, and Erza. These characters will have you laughing, gushing wi *I was given an ARC for an honest review*OMG this was just soo good. Annette has done it again and gotten me hooked into a new series! Tori is a feisty redhead who gets herself into trouble. Her temper gets her fired from way too many jobs. Desperate she goes the Crow and Hammer for a simple bartender job. Well it wasn;t simple. She uncover a magical guild filled with things she never knew excited. With three mage hotties. Kai, Aaron, and Erza. These characters will have you laughing, gushing with hotness, and so much more. The story is very fast paced and full of action. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time. Our boys are so unique. Kai the playboy, Aaron the sly flirt, and Erza...He's my fav and my hope for the true romance. Seriously I just would love these two together!!!!! If your fan of fantasy, and action. You will love this book!!!!
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy from Xpresso Book Tours and voluntarily reviewed it.Three Mages and a Margarita was a fun read. I've had some of this author's books on my to-read list for a while now, but this is the first book by her that I actually read. If you're looking for an enjoyable urban fantasy read this is definitely a good one to check out.Three Mages and Margarita is told from first person point of view from Tori's perspective. At the start of the book she gets fired from another job, she ha I received a free copy from Xpresso Book Tours and voluntarily reviewed it.Three Mages and a Margarita was a fun read. I've had some of this author's books on my to-read list for a while now, but this is the first book by her that I actually read. If you're looking for an enjoyable urban fantasy read this is definitely a good one to check out.Three Mages and Margarita is told from first person point of view from Tori's perspective. At the start of the book she gets fired from another job, she has a hard time keeping a job because of her temper. I don't really care for characters with a temper, but in most situation I thought her temper made sense. She didn't just got angry all the time, only when people really went too far. And instead of letting things slide she exploded with her temper then. She sure isn't afraid to tell anyone what she thinks and knows how to stand up for herself.After another failed interview she stumbles upon a job to be a bartender and decides to check it out, which is how she lands in a magic guild working as a bartender. I liked the set-up for this story, with how a normal human desperate for a new job accidentally stumbles upon a guild and start working there as a bartender. It also was interesting to see how the magic people reacted to Tori and they weren't too happy at first with a normal human in their midst. And even tough Tori is just a normal human, she still can contribute things and holds her own surrounding by all the magic users. I kinda liked how she is a human while being swept up in some magic problems.I liked Tori as a main character. She has a bit of a temper, but also works hard and doesn't back away from danger. I liked how she was just a normal human surrounding by people with all sorts of magic, but still hold her own. This book also touched upon some fears she has, but that didn't get explored as much as I would've liked. I do have the feeling we're going to see more of that in later books. Overall I liked her, but would like to get to know her better. And I had hoped to see a bit more about the whole bar tending thing, but while most of the book takes place while she's bar tending, except for her first day there, we don't get as many details about her actual work.There are a bunch of side characters as well that play a role in the story. Most noticeable the three mages that the title refers to. Aaron, Kai and Ezra are three mages that sit at the bar during Tori's first shift and she slowly befriends all three of them. All of them had their own personality and I liked how they were close friends that had each other's back. My favorite so far is probably Ezra, he is the quiet and mysterious type, who has a soft side and actually cares a lot. There's a bit of mystery surrounding his past that gets hinted to. I liked the hug scene with Tori as it really shows he has a lot of emotions even tough he doesn't always show them. Aaron is a bit fiery and talks a lot and there are some great interactions he has with Tori too. There's also a bit of history he has with how and why he joined this guild, which was kinda interesting. Kai is the one I probably find the hardest to get a good feel for. He's Aaron's best friend. He is described as hot, just like the other two and there is a cool action scene at the end of the book, but besides that I wasn't fully sure what to think of him. There are a few pieces of information that give a bit of a look into his personality tough. Overall I am looking forward to getting to know these guys more and I am a tad sad this isn't a reverse harem as I have no clue how Tori is going to choose between these 3 if it ever comes to a romance. Tori gets to know all three of the guys and there is a small hint of a possible romance, but it doesn't quite get there. And while she kisses one of the guys, she also seems pretty close to one of the other too, so not sure where that is going yet.I liked the set-up for this world building with the guild thing and how the magical people police themselves. There are also a bunch of different types of magic users, anything from the mags who throw elemental powers to alchemists, sorcerers who learn spells, powers like telepathy and more. There are grouped in some main categories and we get a feel for the different types of powers. It is a bit of an everything exists world when it comes to the magic and paranormal, but I did like how the main groups and things like the guild gave an unique touch to it all. And I have the feel we only have a glimpse of what this world has to offer.To summarize: this was a fun urban fantasy read. There was a good solid story and the main storyline gets mostly wrapped up by the end of the book, I liked how Tori a normal human who stumbles upon a guild and gets hired for a trial job as bartender. I liked Tori as a main character, she has a bit of a temper, but she works hard and can hold her own surrounded by magic users. She also doesn't shy away from some danger, but also realizes what she can and can't do. The three mages are have their own personalities and befriend Tori. There is a hint it might become a romance, but in this book it doesn't go further than her getting to know all three of them and kissing one of them. I liked how close the three mages were and they seemed good friends. I liked the set-up for the world with the guilds. It does have most paranormal and magic type of abilities fit in this world, but there are different main categories and the whole guild system which gives it an unique touch. This was a fun read and I am curious to see where the series goes next.
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  • Christine Rinaldi
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this book! My favorite part of the entire book was the main character Tori. She isn’t supposed to be involved in this world because she is just human but she belongs in it. Tori says exactly what we wish we could say in real life to people who are rude and obnoxious. Annette comes up with most creative and funny insults I’ve ever heard. I’m going to edit my review with some of my favorites later 😂Another bonus to this book are the guys, this isn’t a reverse harem FYI. There a I absolutely adored this book! My favorite part of the entire book was the main character Tori. She isn’t supposed to be involved in this world because she is just human but she belongs in it. Tori says exactly what we wish we could say in real life to people who are rude and obnoxious. Annette comes up with most creative and funny insults I’ve ever heard. I’m going to edit my review with some of my favorites later 😂Another bonus to this book are the guys, this isn’t a reverse harem FYI. There are 3 really hot best friend mages who take Tori under their wing. Aaron is the smartass red head. Ezra is the quiet one and Kai is the playboy. I personally loved Kai even though I don’t think he got as much book time as the other two. I really hope that changes next book. Annette Marie is quickly becoming my favorite author. If you haven’t read any of her books but you’re into urban fantasy I’d check her out.
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  • Berna Yaz
    January 1, 1970
    The blurb makes this sound like it's gonna be funny omg can't wait!
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Three Mages and a Margarita as an eARC for me to review and let me just say, I loved it! And I'm not just saying that! I love everything that Annette Marie writes and yet again, she came out with another amazing book! Three Mages and A Margarita is the very first book in Annette's new series, The Guild Codex: SpellboundTori is a fun main character with the right balance of sassy, determination, and thoughtfulness. I loved seeing her come into her role as the bartender at the I received a copy of Three Mages and a Margarita as an eARC for me to review and let me just say, I loved it! And I'm not just saying that! I love everything that Annette Marie writes and yet again, she came out with another amazing book! Three Mages and A Margarita is the very first book in Annette's new series, The Guild Codex: SpellboundTori is a fun main character with the right balance of sassy, determination, and thoughtfulness. I loved seeing her come into her role as the bartender at the guild and finding her place in a world that is completely foreign to her, with the help of Aaron, Kai, and Ezra.I loved all of the main characters in this book but I would really like to know more about them. I got little snippets here and there of their pasts, but there's still so much more that I want to know. I'm sure that will be revealed in later books😉I felt like it took maybe about halfway, a little less than halfway, to feel like the pace of the book really picked up, but once it did, I could not put this book down! As this book is in a new world, I felt like everything was explained really well and it was easy to catch on to the way the magical world works.I can NOT wait for the next book in this series to come out!! Luckily it's not too long of a wait! Book 2 in The Guild Codex: Spellbound series is set to release November 16!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book by the author. I truly loved it and it was amazing. It starts off with the female lead; Tori at her job an it was so funny i was oh my god if that happened then it would be very bad but since it's in a book then it's fine its fine with me. After Tori was fired, she goes home and then goes out the next day for a job and then gets hit by a flier after looking at it she sees three jobs interviews and she goes to the last one; bring on the bar scene. If i was in T I received an ARC copy of this book by the author. I truly loved it and it was amazing. It starts off with the female lead; Tori at her job an it was so funny i was oh my god if that happened then it would be very bad but since it's in a book then it's fine its fine with me. After Tori was fired, she goes home and then goes out the next day for a job and then gets hit by a flier after looking at it she sees three jobs interviews and she goes to the last one; bring on the bar scene. If i was in Tori's world and if i was asked "who are you?" twenty times over, i would have killed the next person that ask me that. Then Ginger Boy; Aaron , hot as hell and he knows it teases and jokes with her, his friend ; Kai and joker as well adds in on the teasing, add in the silent third male; Ezra then you get the Wonder Trio of hotness. With that said, Tori can only take so much teases, she laid it down with Aaron hard and then he asks for a Margarita only to have it throw at him and his friends taking a icy cold sweet drink. That was super funny to me. With Tori, it turned out that she stumbles into the magic world as the day after her trail run at the bar, she sees Aaron making fire with his hand then it leads her down a life of amazement and adventure with some death scares. Overall, this first book in Annette's new series is to kill for. I will be actually buying the book [paperback] too to support her as well. If you like this work then try out her series called Steel&Stone series, its very good as well.
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  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I have to admit something: I generally acquire many books and don’t read them. Not a surprise for a huge reader like me. Why am I mentioning that? Well, I have several of this author’s books and have never read them. After reading this book, I deeply, deeply regret that. This book was excellent, one that is the best I’ve read in a while! Don’t get me wrong; I’ve loved the books I’ve read recently. This one is a step above: well-written, great characters, totally engaging plot…I could go on a Ok, I have to admit something: I generally acquire many books and don’t read them. Not a surprise for a huge reader like me. Why am I mentioning that? Well, I have several of this author’s books and have never read them. After reading this book, I deeply, deeply regret that. This book was excellent, one that is the best I’ve read in a while! Don’t get me wrong; I’ve loved the books I’ve read recently. This one is a step above: well-written, great characters, totally engaging plot…I could go on and on. I literally had to force myself to put this book down way past my bedtime as I couldn’t miss any more sleep than I already had, a sign of an addictive, wonderful, great book. I loved this series starter, and I can’t wait to read more. Truly, this author is one to read and you need to try her ASAP! Highly recommend!
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  • Anne (The Reading Life)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy for an honest review. I have been reading so many indies lately, and I am so glad to get to say that Three Mages and a Margarita was not a disappointment and were such a fun read for me. I loved the mages, the worldbuilding, and most of all, I love Tori so much.I’m really surprised about this because I would think that at this point, I would be sick of bad-ass heroines narrations, but Tori was a huge reason why this story was so enjoyable despite not being the most origina I received a free copy for an honest review. I have been reading so many indies lately, and I am so glad to get to say that Three Mages and a Margarita was not a disappointment and were such a fun read for me. I loved the mages, the worldbuilding, and most of all, I love Tori so much.I’m really surprised about this because I would think that at this point, I would be sick of bad-ass heroines narrations, but Tori was a huge reason why this story was so enjoyable despite not being the most original book. Tori’s attitude, stances, and her perspective of the world really bumped up the reading experience by at least one star, and the amazing action sequences, as well as the fast-paced storyline, also continued in the enjoyment I had while reading this book. This book was not hard to get into at all, so if you enjoy books that you don’t have to suffer for a while before finally enjoying, this is the book for you. However, there are several holes in the story I would expect the author to elaborate on throughout the series. For example, the mysterious flyer she got from the street (from my reading experience) seems to be…note exactly a coincidence. I would be looking out for this in book two. Also, I will be really looking forward to seeing how Tori further adapts herself in the magic community, and how their relationship with the guys continues to evolve. I’m also EXTREMELY disappointed that this is not going to be a reverse harem series. The guys were amazing, and it was just such a missed opportunity *sigh*. Well, this book was really enjoyable for me to read! Three Mages and a Margarita is definitely a book I would recommend if you’re looking for books purely for self-indulgence. My rating:4.5/5 Stars
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  • Blue
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE Annette Marie’s books especially her Urban fantasy ones so of course I had to read this one!! I loved it so much! It was filled with loads of action, and hints of romance! Tori was hilarious and Loved her point of view. I LOVEEE the 3 mages *swoon* loveee Aaron hahah. I am so pumped to read the next book agh gjdksksksks.I read this book in literally 1 sitting lol. Annette Marie’s writing style always sucks me into her books! Three mages and a margarita is definitely 5 Stars for meeeee!!
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    Where can a regular girl get a job, even if she does have a tiny temper? lol! Tori keeps on trying, even when she winds up at a unique club as a bartender. Annette Marie is a new author to me. She writes like one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, Linsey Hall, which is a huge compliment. This story is fast-paced, funny, romantic, thrilling, creative, and all around, a great read. Anytime you throw three gorgeous men (mages, in this case) together with a feisty redhead, you know you are going Where can a regular girl get a job, even if she does have a tiny temper? lol! Tori keeps on trying, even when she winds up at a unique club as a bartender. Annette Marie is a new author to me. She writes like one of my favorite urban fantasy authors, Linsey Hall, which is a huge compliment. This story is fast-paced, funny, romantic, thrilling, creative, and all around, a great read. Anytime you throw three gorgeous men (mages, in this case) together with a feisty redhead, you know you are going to have s blast-sometimes quite literally!I am now heading to Annette’s list of other bookd, because I NEED MORE!
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  • Missy Noecker
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great start to the series! Tori can't keep a job but a paper flying in her face takes her to The Crow and Hammer. She definitely lives up to her red hair with her personality. Meeting Aaron, Ezra and Kai and watching how the four of them take on the danger surrounding them was entertaining and I can't wait for more.
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  • Abi
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE the guilds thing. And the characters are great, too. It really reminds me of Fairy Tail, but this is all its own, of course. The plot was action packed and exciting. I laughed a lot, and the magic was interesting. Check this out if you're a fan of urban fantasy.
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  • Maryanne
    January 1, 1970
    4⭐
  • Arousa
    January 1, 1970
    I know I'm going to love this book. Annette Marie is my all-time favorite and she never disappoints! 🧝🏼♀💜Okay. Wow. I need book number two please! I know I'm going to love this book. Annette Marie is my all-time favorite and she never disappoints! 🧝🏼‍♀️💜Okay. Wow. I need book number two please!
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  • Katryne
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Awesome story!!!Fun and super interesting!I love the characters, the story, the world created by Annette Marie it was super fun to read!I can't wait for the second book!!!
  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    4.5, but I'm going to round up. This is one of those books that just blew by and left you wanting more. There were interesting characters, a lot of action and suspense, and a tiny bit of romance. Plot: Fired from the last in a string of jobs, Tori finds work as the bartender of an off the wall establishment. In the midst of a disastrous first night, she realizes that the bar is actually a guild, and there's a secret magical world she knows nothing about.Characters:I was kind of skeptical when I 4.5, but I'm going to round up. This is one of those books that just blew by and left you wanting more. There were interesting characters, a lot of action and suspense, and a tiny bit of romance. Plot: Fired from the last in a string of jobs, Tori finds work as the bartender of an off the wall establishment. In the midst of a disastrous first night, she realizes that the bar is actually a guild, and there's a secret magical world she knows nothing about.Characters:I was kind of skeptical when I read the book description, which is written in Tori's voice. Tori describes herself as an asshole, but she is really far from it. She's actually kind, caring, and humble and only resorts to assholery when the situation truly calls for it. One thing I really liked about her is that no matter what situation she was in, she never cowered down. She sized up the issue and worked quickly to resolve it. With a guild full of mages, there are a ton of supporting characters, but the titular three mages are Aaron, Ezra, and Kai. We don't learn much about Kai except for that he's a non-committal ladies man. Aaron is pretty much an open book; he starts flirting with Tori the first time he meets her. He's a super talented, rich guy with a great sense of humor, but he really does seem to care about Tori. He also seems to have the most in common with her. Aaron was actually my favorite of the three, but I'm afraid most readers will gravitate to Ezra, who is quiet and mysterious. The only thing we know about Ezra is that he experienced some significant trauma in the past and that he is uber-protective of his friends. Writing:Marie always does a great job of building suspense. Throughout the book, Tori and the guys encounter several kinds of magical beings, each of whom poses a different kind of threat. There is a little bit of language and a lot of violence, but there are no sexual situations and (some readers will be excited to know) no insta-love. The Bottom Line:If you like Marie's other books, I think you'll like Three Mages and a Margarita. Marie did an incredible job of world building, and she was able to create believable mythologies for several different types of mages. Most of the action is resolved by the end of the book, but I'm definitely jonesing for more because I want to see how the relationships between the characters develop.
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  • Poetic Puppy
    January 1, 1970
    Tori has issues keeping her temper in check long enough to earn a pay check and when she’s fired once again, she wanders into the shady side of town looking for work. Thankfully for her, she finds a place that appreciates her aggression, too bad there’s more to the crowd she’s serving than meets the eye.Okay before we start, I just have to say, I’m really glad this isn’t a reverse-harem series as I’m not overly keen on those. That said, I really love all three of the mages. It’s so hard to choos Tori has issues keeping her temper in check long enough to earn a pay check and when she’s fired once again, she wanders into the shady side of town looking for work. Thankfully for her, she finds a place that appreciates her aggression, too bad there’s more to the crowd she’s serving than meets the eye.Okay before we start, I just have to say, I’m really glad this isn’t a reverse-harem series as I’m not overly keen on those. That said, I really love all three of the mages. It’s so hard to choose a favourite among them as they each have their own charms. I’m beginning to think this is one of Annette’s gifts, as the relationships in the Steel and Stone series are also seriously well written. She has a gift for storytelling and connecting the reader and characters. Right from the beginning we fall into Tori’s world and get swept along in her adventure. But it’s more than that, we quickly come to care about her and her friends; at least I did.So what’s there to love besides an exceptionally well-constructed supernatural world and a wonderfully written plot? Well, I have to admit that I enjoyed the way in which this group of supernaturals are able to admit their weaknesses. Not that they are weak, but being saved by a girl doesn’t cripple their male egos and that’s always nice to see. The book also had me giggling from start to finish, even in dire situations there would be something to make you smile, even if it was the way in which Tori handled herself. This was a great start to a series and I’d definitely recommend it. I can’t wait for ‘Dark Arts and a Daiquiri’ to come out as the chapter 1 teaser at the end of the book already left me wanting more.
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  • Kitlina
    January 1, 1970
    If I could give 5 gazillion stars to this book, I would.Every book that Annette Marie writes is absolute heaven. I really don't know how she does it.I fell in love with the characters, the plot, everything.Are you sure this is not a RH book? Because I would be so down with that. How can you make a poor girl choose between those three hunks. Aeron, Kai and Ezra are my new book boyfriends and I call DIBS. So everyone, hands off.I really could imagine her with all three. Each has his qualities to b If I could give 5 gazillion stars to this book, I would.Every book that Annette Marie writes is absolute heaven. I really don't know how she does it.I fell in love with the characters, the plot, everything.Are you sure this is not a RH book? Because I would be so down with that. How can you make a poor girl choose between those three hunks. Aeron, Kai and Ezra are my new book boyfriends and I call DIBS. So everyone, hands off.I really could imagine her with all three. Each has his qualities to bring to the relationship, stir in a little crazy from our fiery redhead and you have something very very special.By the way, Tori was the most fun female lead I've read in ages. She has some growing to do still but I love how we gradually see her being immersed in the supernatural world, and I love how she doesn't bat an eyelash at it.I am completely in love right now, I don't know what else to say to not give away spoilers.But I will say this, I think she chose the blanket, it was the most thoughtful gift from all of them, second were the chocolates and the flowers third. I think we should make a poll about this, it seems to me like a really big issue.Thank you so much for offering me an ARC to review, I treasure this so much you can't even imagine.So all of you who haven't been as fortunate as me go ahead an pre-order the books in the series, because you will have an absolute blast reading this.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I love Annette Marie's books! I love her characters, world building and speedy plots; so I was happy to be offered a chance to read Three Mages and a Margarita in advance for an honest review. Marie's created an all new world (one very similar to our own, but where magic is real), and a fun new kick-ass heroine. I enjoyed Tori, and her spunk! I also really liked the three titular mages. What's not to like in three hot guys who take a misfit in and treat her like family?! The book was a super fas I love Annette Marie's books! I love her characters, world building and speedy plots; so I was happy to be offered a chance to read Three Mages and a Margarita in advance for an honest review. Marie's created an all new world (one very similar to our own, but where magic is real), and a fun new kick-ass heroine. I enjoyed Tori, and her spunk! I also really liked the three titular mages. What's not to like in three hot guys who take a misfit in and treat her like family?! The book was a super fast and fun read. It is just what I needed after a long week.That said it was not my favorite of Marie's books. I would probably really give it 3.5 stars if I could. I like the mythology and driving plots of the Steel and Stone and Red Winter series better. There is far more depth to those books. Three Mages and a Margarita is a light read in comparison. The world it takes place in is so similar to our own, and just didn't feel like it was as intricately conceived as the other series' worlds.Tori, as a character, is fun and kick-ass, but also incredibly immature. There were many times when I wanted her to grow-up a bit. I hope we see some growth from her in the next book, and I look forward to seeing where Marie takes this new series in the future.
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  • Rene Averett
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved Annette Marie's writing since I read the first book of the Steel and Stone series. Her books grab you by the throat and yank you right into the story. "Three Mages and a Margarita" is no exception even though it a more light-hearted and funnier tale than her previous books.Following a completely human girl, who has a hot temper, into a world of magic-users, the moments are often laugh-aloud funny. I found myself grinning through half the book but holding my breath in suspense throug I have loved Annette Marie's writing since I read the first book of the Steel and Stone series. Her books grab you by the throat and yank you right into the story. "Three Mages and a Margarita" is no exception even though it a more light-hearted and funnier tale than her previous books.Following a completely human girl, who has a hot temper, into a world of magic-users, the moments are often laugh-aloud funny. I found myself grinning through half the book but holding my breath in suspense through the other half. The characters are well-drawn ad vivid, each with their own quirks and personalities strongly defined. While her setting isn't defined, it is described beautifully enough that you feel you are walking the streets with Tori, the main character, and it sounds very much like a west coast Canadian city.If you like urban fantasy and you enjoy a book with humor and fun amidst the madness and mayhem, then do yourself a favor and read this book You just might fall in love. By my own rating standards, a five star book is one I loved so much that I will read it more than once. I can say this one will definitely be a multi-read one for me. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Marley
    January 1, 1970
    Annette Marie is one of my favorite authors for a reason! I love every book she puts out. I never find myself having to skim simply because her world/ character builds are top notch. Annette‘s covers are what drew me to her years ago. This cover is no different! Let’s face it, it’s freakin beautiful! The colors pop and tori looks badass.I didn’t want to put this book down- I was honestly pissed life was coming between us. Tori was amazing! She had no problem throwing punches even when fear ran d Annette Marie is one of my favorite authors for a reason! I love every book she puts out. I never find myself having to skim simply because her world/ character builds are top notch. Annette‘s covers are what drew me to her years ago. This cover is no different! Let’s face it, it’s freakin beautiful! The colors pop and tori looks badass.I didn’t want to put this book down- I was honestly pissed life was coming between us. Tori was amazing! She had no problem throwing punches even when fear ran down her spine. I absolutely loved her. Now comes Kai, Aaron, and Ezra.... how does one choose!!! I hate this isn’t an RH. I do have a favorite and just like tori I won’t tell.They all have the perfect qualities. You don’t really see as much from Kai as the other too which I figure he’ll get his spot light later on. I truly believe there is more to Ezra than meets the eye- that seems kinda messed up to say now that I’ve thought about it. Aaron oh Aaron I love a good damsel in distress lol. I can’t wait for book two!
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  • Patricia Huynh
    January 1, 1970
    It's been awhile since I've had this much outstanding fun reading a UF book fraught with perilous danger, excitement, and good old character banter. I will admit, I was slightly hesitant to read this book as it was written in first person (the author normally writes in third).But forgive me, I have SINNED. I should have known Annette Marie could do no wrong as she truly is a phenomenal writer. She is a queen of writing fantastic, kickass fight scenes that has you out of your seat in tension. Cap It's been awhile since I've had this much outstanding fun reading a UF book fraught with perilous danger, excitement, and good old character banter. I will admit, I was slightly hesitant to read this book as it was written in first person (the author normally writes in third).But forgive me, I have SINNED. I should have known Annette Marie could do no wrong as she truly is a phenomenal writer. She is a queen of writing fantastic, kickass fight scenes that has you out of your seat in tension. Captivating and super fun!I didn't read this book as a "romancy" type, but I think it'll surprise you. And holy gods, thank Jesus on a cookie that it's not RH because... no. Just no. Tori is a wonderful heroine. Tough, smart, perceptive, and... human. Utterly human. Normally you wouldn't like crazy hot heads breaking rules and throwing fits, but I quite enjoyed her character. You add in the gang of ragtag mages in an "outcast" guild and it's a party. Three Mages and a Margarita is great fun; full of great wit and great kickassery moments.
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