Demon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #4)
When I first landed a bartending job at the local guild, I didn't know a thing about magic. These days, I'm practically an expert on the different magical classes, but there's one nobody ever talks about: Demonica.Turns out they have a good reason for that.My guild is strictly hellion-free, but some people will risk life and soul to control the biggest bullies on the mythic playground. And now a demon has been loosed in the city.My three best friends are determined to slay it, but even badass combat mages are critically out-magicked. And that's not all. The monster they're tracking--it's not hiding. It's not fleeing. It's not leaving a trail of corpses everywhere it goes.The demon is hunting too. And in a city full of mythics, it's searching for deadlier prey.If we can't unravel the demon's sinister motivations, more innocent people will die, but finding the answers means digging into dark secrets ... and learning truths I never wanted to know.--Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn't a reverse harem. It's 100% fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy.--THE GUILD CODEX: SPELLBOUNDThree Mages and a Margarita (#1)Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (#2)Two Witches and a Whiskey (#3)Demon Magic and a Martini (#4)

Demon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #4) Details

TitleDemon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 12th, 2019
PublisherDark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, New Adult

Demon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #4) Review

  • Caelena Fey
    January 1, 1970
    Please tell me I am not the only one that already missing Zak??
  • ✶Rachelle✶
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsOhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhMGTHIS BOOK. Okay. There's a lot to unpack here.First and foremost, this is Ezra's book. We got a lot of Aaron in the first two, a lot of Kai in the third, and now Ezra (finally). Curious about his scars? His chill factor? His muscular physique? All your questions will be answered!....And more questions will arise that we need to wait for another book to answer *cry face*Second, Demon Magic definitely took on a darker tone than it's predecessors. The stakes are higher than 4 starsOhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhMGTHIS BOOK. Okay. There's a lot to unpack here.First and foremost, this is Ezra's book. We got a lot of Aaron in the first two, a lot of Kai in the third, and now Ezra (finally). Curious about his scars? His chill factor? His muscular physique? All your questions will be answered!....And more questions will arise that we need to wait for another book to answer *cry face*Second, Demon Magic definitely took on a darker tone than it's predecessors. The stakes are higher than ever, and the consequences more severe. This story wasn't quite as much "fun" as the rest, but Tori's worldview isn't quite as "fun" as it was in the first book. Sure, mythics and magics and all that is awesome....but there are some very real consequences for the choices that she and her friends make. Watching Tori grow over the last couple of books and come to realize that it's not all fun and giggles has been fulfilling to see. I wasn't her biggest fan with the first book, but she's grown on me a lot.Finally, WHAT WAS THAT LAST SCENE WITH THAT ONE CHARACTER!!!!! WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT??????? WHAT IS HAPPENING?????The author has described this book kind of as the end to Season 1, which it for sure had that feeling. The next book doesn't come out until October *more crying*, but it will be well worth the wait! (view spoiler)[ESPECIALLY IF MY BAE ZAK IS BACK (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[Also I'm calling a Zak/Tori/Ezra triangle. And as I said in my last review, I am weirdly okay with this, especially since I abhor triangles more than almost anything in literature. #teamZak (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[But I feel like maybe Ezra has his own demons (ahahahaaaaaaaa) to battle before he is ready to be in a relationship? He just didn't give off much of a "I'm into Tori" vibe until the very very end with that scene in the bathroom, and even then I wasn't quite convinced by it (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[BUT ZAK HELLOOOOOOO (hide spoiler)]---------The ARC has landed!----------Dreaming about how much I want this book right now...
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  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions contained in my review are my own.Annette Marie has really upped the ante in the fourth installment of The Guild Codex: Spellbound. Emotions, stakes, and shock factors could not be any higher in this book! I have been waiting for this book for so long and I could not have been more pleased with it. Each book in this series gets better than the last. If this book is t Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions contained in my review are my own.Annette Marie has really upped the ante in the fourth installment of The Guild Codex: Spellbound. Emotions, stakes, and shock factors could not be any higher in this book! I have been waiting for this book for so long and I could not have been more pleased with it. Each book in this series gets better than the last. If this book is the middle of the series then I can't even imagine what a blowout this series will have. The thing that I love most about this book of the series (besides more EZRA, because yeah...) is the very strong representation of friendship. Friendship has been a theme throughout the series, but I love how important it becomes in this book. Tori hasn't had the best childhood and she has trust issues. She runs from things and closes herself off from things as a defense mechanism. (At least, it seems that way to me.) In this book, she has to choose between that part of herself and her friends. She has to meet that part of herself head-on and make some important decisions about herself or risk losing her friends forever. The lengths that Tori will go to for her friends in this book is inspiring. I love Tori so much. Not only do we get to see a beautiful portrayal of friendship, but we get to see Tori take on her personal demons. I was so waiting for this to happen and I am happy with how it played out. Everything that we learn about this world with each book makes me that much more obsessed with this fantasy world. I love every bit of it and I am forever hanging on the edge after I finish each book craving more like an addict. Getting a deeper look into demons and Demonica in this book really made the world feel more real. We finally get to see what Demonica is all about and it really brings this world to life when mixed with all of the other mythic classes that we've seen in the other books. Annette Marie is the queen of creating complex worlds and characters. She introduces her readers to her worlds much the same way as she does with her slow-burn romances. She intrigues us with enough to get our hearts pumping, but she doesn't overwhelm us either. With each book in the series the world grows.With the expansion of the world also comes more development in the plot of the series. I like how each book in this series has a self-contained plot but also builds upon an overarching series plot. The plot is engaging, exciting, and much more intense than the previous books. This book definitely has a more serious tone, though it isn't without the humor and snark that you have come to expect from the other books in this series. I mentioned Tori's character development earlier, but there is also a lot of development for Ezra's character. Though there is still so much to learn about Ezra, we do get to learn about his big secret and how it affects the mages and their friendship. The three of them have such a strong bond. It's really beautiful. They have each other's back no matter what. And Tori is now a part of that so it goes from three mages to the four musketeers. I loved getting to see Ezra on a more personal level. I can't wait to find out more about Ezra's past. I also liked the addition of new characters and how they played into the story. I am excited to see more of them in future books. Overall, I am beyond impressed with this book! It obliterated my expectations and left me with a powerful need to start writing fanfiction just so I don't have to wait any longer for more. =P If you haven't started this series yet then I urge you to. This series is spectacular! It has an exciting world, amazing characters, and a plot that will keep you reading until the end. I am overjoyed with the news about the expansion of this world. Now I keep asking myself what demon do I have to summon to bring myself closer to the release of the next book?More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    LISTEN. if you haven't read the first three books of this series, first of all, WHY; and second, this is your ✨ official warning ✨✨ spoiler alert homies ✨✨ seriously, please steer clear ✨okay, now with that out of the way: Y'ALL. i have been waiting for this book since two witches and a whiskey! april couldn't have come fast enough because it would bring this book and more news from annette marie herself. i am absolutely BESIDE myself with this—i was so, so excited and impatient to see where she LISTEN. if you haven't read the first three books of this series, first of all, WHY; and second, this is your ✨ official warning ✨✨ spoiler alert homies ✨✨ seriously, please steer clear ✨okay, now with that out of the way: Y'ALL. i have been waiting for this book since two witches and a whiskey! april couldn't have come fast enough because it would bring this book and more news from annette marie herself. i am absolutely BESIDE myself with this—i was so, so excited and impatient to see where she would take things with demon magic.that's one of my favourite things about reading marie's works: with each addition in a series, she ups everything. stakes, relationships, the world its set it. characters grow and they learn and combined with what i've listed, it makes the next instalment even more exciting. with the fourth book in the guild codex: spellbound series, it's FINALLY EZRA'S BOOK. oh you guys, i lovelovelove ezra soso much! even more so after this book! for the first three books, a lot of readers, myself included, were wondering what exactly ezra is because there's certainly more to the (soft) aeromage than meets the eye! there were so many questions, from tori and myself alike: how can he make a room so cold? where are the scars from? how are his reflexes impossibly fast?and with the addition of demons—actual DEMONS!—and more on the demonica class, demon magic was a wild ride. tori's view of the supernatural world has not been easy from the get-go, but demons are a whole other level for her.i found this book more serious than the others. there were definitely funny quips throughout, of course, but this felt like a real gamechanger for tori and the guys. with everything about ezra going on and a demon running rampant, stakes and tensions are super high and everything is more dangerous. it's a little bit darker than the other books, and it feels like a real eye-opener for tori. i've really come to respect her with each new book, and this one continued that pattern. she realises some important things about herself and i feel like she's set on changing that about her character. i admire her a lot!there is another, bigger reason why i was anticipating this book but lol, i won't say because i'd have no idea where to begin. let's just say i see where you're leading with this, annette marie, and i. love. it.one more thing: the dynamic between kai, ezra, and aaron! i say this about them in all my reviews, BUT UGH. they're... wow. i've never read a more tightly knit group. kai and aaron would do anything, no matter the risks to them, for ezra, and it really pulls at my heartstrings. ezra would do anything—anything—to protect his friends, and i ached for his situation throughout the book. we find out so much about him and there's still so much left to learn, but i'm just glad he's getting more page time! (i always feel like he and kai never got as many scenes as aaron did, but i'm glad that's changing—and continues to do so, in kai's case).overall, another solid book from annette marie, and once again, i am beyond excited for the next book! that ending was the first time i felt like i'd been left on a cliffhanger, and i am way too antsy to sit still and patiently wait for the fifth instalment.
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    “Lungs on fire and legs hurting, I settled into what should’ve been an easy jog but felt more like death in motion.” RelatableAnother funny book in this series. But when will Zak come back?
  • Di
    January 1, 1970
    **I voluntarily read and reviewed a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**My review, as always, is as spoiler free as possible!This is the fourth book in Annette Marie's latest series 'The Guild Codex: Spellbound" and by now it's safe to say that the author has won me over yet again with another favourite; A favourite series, a favourite set of characters, a favourite set of friendships and a favourite world. I already knew that I loved this series but the books have g **I voluntarily read and reviewed a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**My review, as always, is as spoiler free as possible!This is the fourth book in Annette Marie's latest series 'The Guild Codex: Spellbound" and by now it's safe to say that the author has won me over yet again with another favourite; A favourite series, a favourite set of characters, a favourite set of friendships and a favourite world. I already knew that I loved this series but the books have gone from strength to strength and this has been the best one yet, and not least because I finally have some answers about one of my favourite mages. Annette Marie has always been able to build the sorts of worlds that I enjoy the most: incredibly complex and obviously well thought out and yet revealed simply and slowly to the point where you have no idea how you have learned so much about the world and the way it works but if you tried to explain it to someone else it might take you more words to convey than the entire book you just put down. And it's not just the places and societies; it's how the world actually spins; where people earn their livings and how hard they work to attain the positions that they have; who polices the world and an overview of the politics. It gives you far greater insight when you can infer character motivations and in doing so, builds more complex plots and immerses you more fully into the experience. There's also something wonderful about these characters, who, at first glance could seem to be a cursory Urban Fantasy characters but even from the first chapter of the very first book you will realise that there's far more than meets the eye. The main character is Tori Dawson - a red headed, hot tempered Sagittarius who sometimes acts before she thinks. She's also fiercely loyal and would jump headlong into anything for those that she loves. Aaron Sinclair Mythic Class - Elementaria: PyromageAnother redhead to add to the excitement yet also steadfast with his friends, forgiving and adaptable. Basically an adorable cinnamon bun. Kai YamadaMythic Class - Elementaria: ElectramageA more mysterious character, Kai's background is cryptic however his friendship with Aaron and Ezra is clear. He's the coolheaded one, someone who doesn't stumble or hesitate and he will always do what it takes. Ezra RoweMythic Class - Elementaria: AeromageA calm and serious and most mysterious guy, Ezra might be my favourite of the three mages. His secret however is deep and dark and now what Tori is hiding from him and the others? Well that could impact the whole team. I adore the friendships in this entire series and just how human all these characters are; they have their own pasts and experiences and insecurities and all of these things influence their motivations and effect their decisions. While the trademark humour and snark of the series is still alive and well in this instalment, there is definitely an air of seriousness and the stakes are higher than ever before. There's an intensity that is almost palpable and characters and friendships are tested in a way that they haven't been before. Tori's doubts about the guys and their friendships and using denial as her coping mechanism lead to a confrontation that I was actually happy to see. Even though she is our POV character, we know that Tori is far from perfect and is allowed to make mistakes that any human could make and she is called out on it by her friends. There are many great interactions throughout the series but it was in this pivotal moment that I saw them double down on their friendship and our four musketeers have become some of my favourite fictional friends. If you haven't checked this series out yet, do yourself a favour and have a look for it. It's fast, fun and a wild ride from start to finish.While this is an episodic series where each book wraps up it's own plot, there's plenty to look forward to with the next book, "The Alchemist and an Amaretto" and even more new characters to be intrigued by (anyone else excited for Robin Page?????). October has never seemed so far away....
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  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    I have been enthralled with this series since the first book I read, but I think this one is the very best one. We learned so much in this book, and I think Tori has really grown as a character, not that she wasn’t great before. I can’t say too much, but I think this book is a game-changer, and it is in some ways darker. That doesn’t mean it was funny and was light-hearted at time. Also, at one point, I was “flipping” the pages faster and faster because I just had to find out what was coming. An I have been enthralled with this series since the first book I read, but I think this one is the very best one. We learned so much in this book, and I think Tori has really grown as a character, not that she wasn’t great before. I can’t say too much, but I think this book is a game-changer, and it is in some ways darker. That doesn’t mean it was funny and was light-hearted at time. Also, at one point, I was “flipping” the pages faster and faster because I just had to find out what was coming. And, finally, finally, I think I know who her love interest is, and I highly approve. As I said before, this is the best one yet, and I really can’t wait to see what comes next; do I really have to wait until October?!? I highly recommend this book! I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
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  • Jacob
    January 1, 1970
    If you thought the last one was a wild ride...
  • Abi
    January 1, 1970
    Good addition to the series! This book really focuses on Ezra and his past and magic and everything. He and Tori also have some moments, shippers! We learn a bit more about Kai's love life. The big magical focus is demons, which was interesting. I enjoyed seeing Tori and the guys again. This book was a bit darker than the previous one. I think this was a good book, and I would recommend it if you have read the other books in the series. You learn a lot. Sadly, tragically, horribly, book five doe Good addition to the series! This book really focuses on Ezra and his past and magic and everything. He and Tori also have some moments, shippers! We learn a bit more about Kai's love life. The big magical focus is demons, which was interesting. I enjoyed seeing Tori and the guys again. This book was a bit darker than the previous one. I think this was a good book, and I would recommend it if you have read the other books in the series. You learn a lot. Sadly, tragically, horribly, book five doesn't release until freaking October, so I may need to do a reread at that point, which is a complete tragedy. (If you couldn't tell, I'm being sarcastic and overly dramatic.) :) 4 stars.
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  • Ess
    January 1, 1970
    This cover is gorgeous!!!
  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.This series just keeps getting better and better. Demon Magic and a Martini was such an exciting read and an important one for the series so far. It's action packed, there's character development and secrets come to light. It was awesome. In Demon Magic and a Martini we get to learn more about the demon magic in this world. A demon is loose in the city and all the guild work together to stop this demon. But demons are hard to kil I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.This series just keeps getting better and better. Demon Magic and a Martini was such an exciting read and an important one for the series so far. It's action packed, there's character development and secrets come to light. It was awesome. In Demon Magic and a Martini we get to learn more about the demon magic in this world. A demon is loose in the city and all the guild work together to stop this demon. But demons are hard to kill, so it's pretty dangerous. And ofcourse Tori someone gets in the middle of all this. There is plenty of action, magic and some big focus on the characters too.This was a very exciting and interesting read. There are some big reveals and secrets that come to light in this book. From book 1 I've been curious about Ezra and his secrets, it's been clear that he has some big secrets, from the scars on his face to some mysterious powers he has and in this book we're finding out pieces of it. It was awesome to find out some of the secrets he has hiding and learn more about his character. And the way it's build-up toward the reveal was done well too. It starts with little hints and when I was pretty sure I knew what was going on with Ezra we slowly start finding out the truth. It really felt like an important book for the series, things take a turn for the worse, big secrets come to light and Tori has a decision to make, which will impact what happens next. And even with everything we find out even more questions pop up and I am so curious to learn more in future books. I also liked how Tori really doesn't want to know the truth in a sense and how it actually made for an interesting situation. No one is telling her things, but she isn't asking for them either for a long time. There is an interesting bit of character development for her there too. And things touch upon her own issues and troubles a bit too.I felt this book was a strong one in terms of character development and fleshing out the characters some more. Mostly the main characters (Tori and the three mages), but also some side character of whom we see another side or get more details and some new side characters too that I think will be important in the rest of the series. It's also fun how we get to meet some new side characters, some of which will have an important role in the rest of the series I think.I liked how the three mages get develop more in this book, Aaron, Kai and Ezra's personalities seem to get fleshed out a bit more and also their bond and the strength of their friendship really shows here. I really liked seeing how they have each other's back and how far that goes. And we also see how Tori fits in this. There are some hints of a possible future romance in this book as Tori starts feeling some more attraction for one of the guys and I am curious to see if that will turn into more in future books.It's also an important book in terms of world building as demon magic or the demonica class is not something we heard a lot about in previous books and this book is all about it. There is a lot we learn about demons, how they're summoned, different types of demons and their powers that sort of thing. It was really interesting to see that class get some attention and also still get to see enough about the other classes too. One of my favorite things in this series is still how Tori as a regular human is part of this whole magical community and I liked how in this book we see more of how she is fitting it and holding her own.To summarize: This was such an exciting and engaging read. There are some big things happening in this book and it was packed with action, tension and some big reveals. It was a hard book to put down as I just wanted to keep reading and find out more. There is some great character development going on in this book and I enjoyed seeing how Tori and the three mages dealt with everything that comes their way in this book. It was great to learn some of the secrets the character were keeping and it really put things in a different perspective. I liked seeing more of the three mages and also how strong their friendship is, which is something you really see in this book. I like the little bit of possible romance hint we get in this book as Tori starts developing some more feelings for one of the guys. It's an important book in terms of world building as we learn more about the demonica class, which was interesting. And I love reading about Tori and seeing how she fits in this all. All in all this was an awesome read and I can't wait to read what happens next!
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  • Jewel
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 4.25 starsBefore anything else, I'm going to say that I very rarely give a book a rating of 4 stars or higher if I spent so much time frustrated by a beloved heroine - rarer still if I did not like the romantic scenes. "Demon Magic and a Martini" is an exception. I rated it 4.25 stars mostly because of the plot and fine, because of my BAE Kai being the mouthpiece of my opinions. I have made no secret of the fact that I absolutely adore Tori as a heroine. I found many of her action Actual rating: 4.25 starsBefore anything else, I'm going to say that I very rarely give a book a rating of 4 stars or higher if I spent so much time frustrated by a beloved heroine - rarer still if I did not like the romantic scenes. "Demon Magic and a Martini" is an exception. I rated it 4.25 stars mostly because of the plot and fine, because of my BAE Kai being the mouthpiece of my opinions. I have made no secret of the fact that I absolutely adore Tori as a heroine. I found many of her actions so frustrating in this installment though. I do like that our girl's not a special snowflake and I do understand the reasons behind her bad decisions. However, more than anything, I agreed with everything Kai and Darius said to her, which made me love those 2 characters even more. Tori desperately needed that harsh reality check. (view spoiler)[Thank the gods from all the pantheons that she came to her senses in the last part. I was so proud of her for sticking around to kick ass when push came to shove. (hide spoiler)]As for the romance, let me clarify that they're NOT badly written. I just have very specific preferences, and many of the romantic scenes in this book were too mushy and trite for me. (I have read so many romance novels, so I have grown weary of many tropes.) I do see why other fans love the way Annette Marie writes romance though. There were sweet, sexy, and even funny scenes that you shippers might enjoy. In terms of plot, "Demon Magic and a Martini" was the serious game-changer. It kept me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I am now even more excited to see what will happen next because this series gets darker and grittier with each book! I was also delighted to see that even though book 4 was the saddest and scariest installment so far, it still made me smile and laugh. That's a big part of the reason why I'm a fan of this series - it's an irresistible and addictive cocktail of angst, explosive fight scenes, bromance, and squad goals.
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  • Lissa Hawley
    January 1, 1970
    Missing my favorite character in this one. Also, Tori is beginning to seem a bit fickle.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Can i get it now? Oh My GOD! I love it lots. I can't wait for more to the series. Tori is slowly growing out of her bubble and trusting people more. I need the next book, can we get it now and not in October that is so far away. I need more of this series.
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  • Zixuan
    January 1, 1970
    Demon magic and a Martini (+ books in the Guild Codex series)Warning: binge reading is not good for you, and is hazardous for your sleeping habits! (That said, sometimes it is hard not to delve deeply into a magical world and just silently promise yourself, “five minutes more, and I’ll put down the book to sleep…that won’t hurt anybody”). Anyway, if you have not yet read any of Annette Marie’s books I highly recommend you trying them out. They are to die for (not literally, because then you woul Demon magic and a Martini (+ books in the Guild Codex series)Warning: binge reading is not good for you, and is hazardous for your sleeping habits! (That said, sometimes it is hard not to delve deeply into a magical world and just silently promise yourself, “five minutes more, and I’ll put down the book to sleep…that won’t hurt anybody”). Anyway, if you have not yet read any of Annette Marie’s books I highly recommend you trying them out. They are to die for (not literally, because then you wouldn’t be able to actually read them)! Demon Magic and a Martini feels slightly darker and more serious than the other books in the series in a very good way, and while all the books are good, I really liked the vibe of this last one. A demon is loose and acting out of character, and Tori and her friends need to stop him. The story focuses mainly on the Demonica class and many secrets are revealed (read the story), making the book a pivotal point in the series. The pacing of these reveals, and the story itself, is exceptional and nothing feels rushed or forced.Characters are complex and believable and grow beautifully throughout the books. Especially Tori learns to face her own worst fears and flaws, to trust and to believe in her own “specialness” despite not being a mythic in the classical sense. I think it is admirable, how she slowly, but surely, steps out of her comfort zone by admitting to herself that safe and good does not necessarily mean true happiness and real connection. Sometimes, if it is something you believe in, you have to take risks and fight for it. Then there is our three hot mages: Aaron, Kai and Ezra (…did I mention Ezra!?). One word…Yum! I wish I had three hot guys like that and then there’s Ezra (sorry for the repeat). No spoilers here, but there are some lovely Ezra scenes waiting! Fantasising aside, I really love how the characters of Aaron, Kai and especially Ezra (and Zak) develop and how their origins and stories are unravelled. The world building is phenomenal and intricately woven into ”our” mundane and magicless world to form an equally dazzling and dangerous place populated by fae, demons, mythics and other magical creatures. Like all of Annette Marie’s other creations, the world is so vivid that we as readers get to live inside another universe for the length of time it takes to read the book, so much so that returning to the “real” world sometimes feels like a loss. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, but somehow I think it may be a good thing that the release date is after exams -_- (BTW…I’m really looking forward to reading the new spinoff series). (BTWx2…I really, really like Ezra…but I kinda also like Zak…).
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  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. So many questions are being had over here. Two Witches and a Whiskey left with a bucket load of questions back in February I hoped would be answered in Demon Magic and a Martini. The fourth and latest novel in Annette Marie's The Guild Codex: Spellbound series continues with Tori's journey as she navigates the Mythic world. Annette Marie answ I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. So many questions are being had over here. Two Witches and a Whiskey left with a bucket load of questions back in February I hoped would be answered in Demon Magic and a Martini. The fourth and latest novel in Annette Marie's The Guild Codex: Spellbound series continues with Tori's journey as she navigates the Mythic world. Annette Marie answers all of the burning questions I had from the third novel while keeping the plot engaging. We get more insight into Ezra, but there are still many more questions to be had. Convenience and predictability. This is likely just me and the sheer number of fantasy novels that I read, but I found myself being ahead of the characters a lot. I've also noticed that Tori sometimes has things going awfully convenient for her when shit goes down. While this normally would bother me, I'm brushing it aside because there are a lot more good things about this series and I am very much invested™ on focusing on those instead. Secrets and friendship. Since the beginning of the series, Tori develops a strong bond with Aaron, Kai and Ezra, three Mythics in her guild who are close friends. She's been through good and the bad with them, but Demon Magic and a Martini truly puts their friendship to the test. The stakes are much higher, things get a little dark and secrets are being threatened to unravel. We see massive character growth, especially in Tori, as she realizes having access to this world isn't all fun and games all the times. Sometimes shit gets real, and I love seeing her growth as she continues her journey.I also enjoy the bond between Aaron, Kai and Ezra! I mention in my review for Three Mages and a Margarita that I love their relationship and how open they were to Tori and this definitely doesn't change here. In fact, with all of the things Annette Marie reveals in Demon Magic and a Martini, we can see how close they are as a group. I think this novel made their bond stronger and although this sounds evil, I kind of want to see how far the limit is? Looking forward to the fifth book! Overall, I enjoyed Demon Magic and a Martini! It was interesting to learn about demons and how they play into the Mythic world. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for each of them as the series continues and Annette Marie reveals more of the world she's building.This review was originally posted on Bookwyrming Thoughts
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  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    4.5, but I’ll round up to a 5. Demon Magic and a Martini was a little darker than the previous books, and there was a TON more action and suspense. Still, I think the thing that will make readers the happiest is that we finally learn more about the mystery that is Ezra.Plot:As Tori continues to adjust to the changes that took place since the last book, all the local guilds come together to hunt a demon that is loose in the city.Characters:Tori is still the same sassy, brave, and impulsive girl w 4.5, but I’ll round up to a 5. Demon Magic and a Martini was a little darker than the previous books, and there was a TON more action and suspense. Still, I think the thing that will make readers the happiest is that we finally learn more about the mystery that is Ezra.Plot:As Tori continues to adjust to the changes that took place since the last book, all the local guilds come together to hunt a demon that is loose in the city.Characters:Tori is still the same sassy, brave, and impulsive girl we’ve come to know and love, and it is clearer than ever that she will do just about anything to save the people she cares about. One of those people is Ezra, and there is a whole lot of new information about him, including the answer to our burning question…. How did he get his scars?It's pretty much Ezra's book, but Aaron and Kai are also back. I’m so grateful that the gang's friendship is as strong as ever. I worried that things might be awkward between Tori and Aaron. Side note: We do learn a little bit more about Kai’s past, and we get to see Darius in action. Alas, the one I really missed was Zac. I can't get enough of him, and he’s pretty scarce this go around.Writing:Marie always does a great job of keeping the action moving and creating mystery. In this book (and in her other series), I’ve always thought her biggest talent was her world building, and the world that she originally established in Three Mages and a Margarita continues to grow. However, she also has an incredible knack for making the reader feel every emotion of the characters in the scene. There was so much suspense throughout this book that I, like Tori, was pretty much overcome with worry the whole time.The Bottom Line:Two Witches and a Whiskey took things in a little bit of a different direction than the previous two books, and Demon Magic and a Martini indicates things will be changing again. I usually don’t like change, but Marie is keeping things so interesting I might not mind it too much.
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  • Deb Cechak
    January 1, 1970
    Annette Marie once again entertains us with Demon Magic and a Martini, the fourth book in her Guild Codex:Spellbound series. I wish I could explain how excited I get when Annette shares a new book. Her writing sucks you into a world that appears before your eyes and you have the good fortune to follow her imagination on adventures that allow you to experience one of the deepest friendships a group of people can have. As we follow Tori and Ezra, Kai, and Aaron, we feel the magic that love and res Annette Marie once again entertains us with Demon Magic and a Martini, the fourth book in her Guild Codex:Spellbound series. I wish I could explain how excited I get when Annette shares a new book. Her writing sucks you into a world that appears before your eyes and you have the good fortune to follow her imagination on adventures that allow you to experience one of the deepest friendships a group of people can have. As we follow Tori and Ezra, Kai, and Aaron, we feel the magic that love and respect can help build, especially when there are secrets that must be kept. When you throw in demons and sorcery and a bartender who may be in over her head, as a human and as a woman who has feelings for her friends, you have the makings of another exemplary and enjoyable story from Annette Marie!
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    MY THOUGHTSDemon Magic and a Martini is the fourth book in Annette Marie’s Guild Codex: Spellbound series and wanderers, I am still so hooked on this world and these characters!Typical to Tori’s life, just when things seem like they are going well… BAM disaster hits. This time in the form of a demon that our three favorite mages must hunt down in order to keep their secrets hidden… or die trying. I was really excited to read more about our mysterious cinnamon roll, Ezra, in this one. Demon Magic MY THOUGHTSDemon Magic and a Martini is the fourth book in Annette Marie’s Guild Codex: Spellbound series and wanderers, I am still so hooked on this world and these characters!Typical to Tori’s life, just when things seem like they are going well… BAM disaster hits. This time in the form of a demon that our three favorite mages must hunt down in order to keep their secrets hidden… or die trying. I was really excited to read more about our mysterious cinnamon roll, Ezra, in this one. Demon Magic was a bit darker and more serious than previous adventures but with each new reveal, I fell more in love with the characters and the depth of their friendships. They hit you straight in the feels and are my favorite part of this series. I did find myself missing Zak a bit at first (I love his character) but the demon did get his claws into me eventually. I cannot wait to see what happens next. And did you see that Guild Codex spin-off coming?!? Very intrigued…OVERALLOverall Demon Magic and a Martini was another great, fast paced, witty adventure. It was fun to experience this new magic but also peel away more layers of our main characters. If you are not familiar with Annette Marie, she writes really cool urban fantasy worlds that I highly recommend.Recommended for fans of: The Southern Vampire series, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, snarky heroines, loyal friendships and so much sass.
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  • Stephaniec
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable for the most part. Things have fizzled out with Aaron and you can see a possible romance in Tori's future...although imo he's too good for herWe learn quite a bit about a certain character which I liked 😁I wish I could give this more than 3 stars but when I'm reading a UF that follows a set of characters I need more that connects the series together....these feel like standalone books so I'm missing the urgency to gety hands on the next one
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  • Kat T.
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE.And I can’t believe the next one will only be released on October??? My god, I need more of this!!! I loved everyone here and JESUS THROW US A BONE HERE. The slowburn is both delicious and excruciating! Tori and Ezra—guys, just bang already.4.75 stars 🌟P.S. Though definitely wishing this is RH. + Zak. Ha.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    LOVEAnother fast-paced, action-packed installment. I love Tori, Ezra, Aaron, and Kai! Tori is kicking butt as usual. Can’t wait for more!
  • Precious
    January 1, 1970
    This series is seriously only getting better with each book that is released. Annette’s writing is fantastic. The descriptions are great and you can see the different sides to everyone in this book. Our heroine Tori is faced with a difficult choice, confronting her inner fears, and secrets are finally revealed. This book may possibly be a black hole because I could not put it down.
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  • Cheyenne
    January 1, 1970
    Yet again Annette shows us her gift for storytelling. This book is compelling, a little darker than the previous books in the series, but most of all, very VERY satisfying. We finally get some answers to questions that has been plaguing us since book 1, but this book also raises new questions about Tori, the holy trinity with muscle & good looks, and their future.
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  • Evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    I love Ezra!!Okay, cool. Got that out of my system. I finished this book in one day. I think I put it down for maybe an hour or two so I could participate in a meeting for work, but then the rest of the day I spent devouring it. I found myself unable to put it down while also screaming inside as I got closer to the end, knowing that empty feeling you get when a good book is over was drawing closer and closer. In the end, I finished it the same day it was released and then layed on the floor and I love Ezra!!Okay, cool. Got that out of my system. I finished this book in one day. I think I put it down for maybe an hour or two so I could participate in a meeting for work, but then the rest of the day I spent devouring it. I found myself unable to put it down while also screaming inside as I got closer to the end, knowing that empty feeling you get when a good book is over was drawing closer and closer. In the end, I finished it the same day it was released and then layed on the floor and wondered what to do with my life.Enough about me and my lack of self control. On to the actual review. This book was very different from the previous three books and while they were all great, I find this one to be my favorite so far. It focuses heavily on the Demonica class, something that had only been mentioned in passing previously, which in turn lead to a lot of great worldbuilding. I always find it fascinating to see how authors explain Demons in their books and I feel Anette did a wonderful job of explaining their existence while also leaving enough mystery to expand on later. Demon Magic and a Martini very much feels like a pivotal point in the series. There is so much character growth and relationship building that you would feel lost if you skipped it. Ezra is really the focus of this book (and I love it because I love him) and we are finally given some answers about his origins and his powers. The pacing of the reveals is so well done, they flow with the events seamlessly and nothing feels sudden or stilted. I’ve honestly been rooting for Ezra since book one so to read a whole book where he is a main focus makes my heart real happy!-Romance-y spoilers here so be warned ;)- (view spoiler)[I absolutely, 100% love Ezra and have been rooting for him and Tori since the beginning. There is a clear turn in their relationship during this book and it is killing me to know I have to wait until October to read more! I found myself grinning like an idiot during certain scenes with them and I am not ashamed!! I have to say I love how natural their relationship has progressed. I had a feeling no romance could really happen between them until Tori learned about his secrets, which is why I was so excited for this book. Not only to learn more about the mysterious Ezra, but also so my dream ship could finally have a chance to sail. And by the end of this book I have a feeling it will definitely be sailing! (hide spoiler)]In short, this book was absolutely amazing and I could not recommend that you read it more. Especially if you love Ezra. Or if you just love Annette Marie. Honestly, just read the book. I promise it’s worth it.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    (I marked this as spoilers, but there are no plot points revealed- just some character analysis timelines.) Hands down the best book of the series. The world is so deeply developed and each of the primary characters is complex enough that I am just now truly starting to feel like I know them well enough to anticipate their emotions in situations. That makes the connection and power of their action a deeply involved experience and this boom is packed with action and emotion. With some surprising (I marked this as spoilers, but there are no plot points revealed- just some character analysis timelines.) Hands down the best book of the series. The world is so deeply developed and each of the primary characters is complex enough that I am just now truly starting to feel like I know them well enough to anticipate their emotions in situations. That makes the connection and power of their action a deeply involved experience and this boom is packed with action and emotion. With some surprising twists and new developments, characters I already adored became so real my heart ached with their triumphs and wins. I really want to touch on Tori and her lack of growth. I think it’s brilliant, to be honest. She’s human and being flawed is a part of the human experience. She’s been reckless, and sort of leaning on the strength of the mages to pull her out of sticky situations but when she is forced to, she seems to puzzle through this rather quickly and though she is still begrudging, she does what she needs to do. In my opinion, this adds depth and realness to her character in a very unreal world. She has growing to do, and we didn’t see it much in this book- what we did see was even more important. We saw her recognize her shortcomings and see the effect of her denial of them. We saw her recognize the problem, and that’s the cornerstone of true growth that’s often skipped in fiction but I think it adds a gorgeous depth and will allow the longevity of this story to remain in single POV without becoming stale. Plus Hoshi made several cute appearances and I adore that little sylph. I adored it, devoured it between chores and child raising in under 24 hours and it will be a L O N G wait until October.
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  • Katyana
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this.One minor quibble: (view spoiler)[It isn't fair for the guys to judge her for not asking questions when they have shut down questions before, and made it clear they don't want to share info with her. In the last book, she realized that she knew nothing about the larger picture of any of their lives - past, family, ambitions, goals, worries, etc. They have kept her at arms length, and so I was shocked - and I hurt for Tori - when they were all judgey about how she loves to live in a wo Loved this.One minor quibble: (view spoiler)[It isn't fair for the guys to judge her for not asking questions when they have shut down questions before, and made it clear they don't want to share info with her. In the last book, she realized that she knew nothing about the larger picture of any of their lives - past, family, ambitions, goals, worries, etc. They have kept her at arms length, and so I was shocked - and I hurt for Tori - when they were all judgey about how she loves to live in a world of denial. That's not fair. It's particularly not fair when they haven't asked her questions about her past either - there's a mountain of abuse and abandonment there. Do they not care? Or are they, like her, trying to tiptoe around subjects where there's lots of potential for hurt? I think it's the latter, and so I don't get why they were so pissy with her for doing the same. Especially because Tori grew up in a situation where she had to ignore the bad stuff and pretend everything was just fine in order to minimize the abuse from her father, and when the guys basically asked her to do that (by dodging or deflecting every serious question she asked), because she wanted to be in their lives, she easily fell into that pattern. They don't get to shit on her for it.Fortunately, that was a minor thing, and they rapidly got past it. But I felt like it was a little bit of a missed opportunity for Tori to stand up for herself, and give that bit of background on herself while pointing out that she gave them the privacy that they insisted they wanted. They don't get to bitch about that. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Melonie
    January 1, 1970
    I recieved a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.So, I cannot race about this series enough! I have read every book in one sitting and each one builds beautifully on the last and pulls me in even deeper! It is a series that, in my opinion, just keeps getting better!I like how the author doesn't try to jam too much information into one book. You get enough to understand what is going on so you are not lost, and then she builds upon that with each book. It's gradual, and easier t I recieved a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.So, I cannot race about this series enough! I have read every book in one sitting and each one builds beautifully on the last and pulls me in even deeper! It is a series that, in my opinion, just keeps getting better!I like how the author doesn't try to jam too much information into one book. You get enough to understand what is going on so you are not lost, and then she builds upon that with each book. It's gradual, and easier to keep up with, and allows more of your focus to fall on the characters and plot.I have a special place for each of the main characters in my heart, but it was nice to learn more about Ezra. He has been a slow burn, a character full if mystery since book one, and oh, how I have wanted answers! It was so nice to finally get some, and I cant wait to see where it leads next(October is too far away). Tori has grown with every book, this one is no exception. She is such a relatable character, with strengths and weaknesses, and I love that she can acknowledge them. The way she came into the mythic world says a lot about her core character, her strength and perseverance, and her will to survive. She continues to grow and I really cannot wait to see where she goes in this new world that has opened to her.This series has become a favorite, and I'm sure it will remain a favorite! I highly recommend this book, and this series if this is a genre you enjoy.
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  • Amy Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    I discovered the Guild Codex during an author event for another book release. I don't often try new authors as they tend to linger in my to be read list. However the first book in the series sucked me in and I binge read them one right after another. I finished several days before this one released and waited impatiently. I started the Steel and Stone Series while I waited and it is also an excellent read. Check them out.Oh Tori. She's come so far since the first book. This is not a stand alone I discovered the Guild Codex during an author event for another book release. I don't often try new authors as they tend to linger in my to be read list. However the first book in the series sucked me in and I binge read them one right after another. I finished several days before this one released and waited impatiently. I started the Steel and Stone Series while I waited and it is also an excellent read. Check them out.Oh Tori. She's come so far since the first book. This is not a stand alone and I highly recommend reading the other books first. She started out as a human bartender for a magical guild but has now become an integral part of the guild. She's a card carrying Mythic now with a familiar too. Her relationship with the three musketeers continues to evolve and she comes to a crossroads where everything that is important to her is on the line.I don't want to say too much because I hate spoilers but if you've read the other books then you will be giddy over the reveals in this one and dying for the next book to come out in the fall.If you haven't read them, then what are you waiting for? You will fall in love with a smart ass heroine who doesn't take any thing from anybody and will risk everything for her friends.Read it.
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  • Maya
    January 1, 1970
    So. This book. Demon Magic and a Martini. It’s pretty great. I might even go so far as to say that it’s my favorite of the series so far. Definitely double thumbs up!I read the beginning over a few days because I was busy, but then I accidentally (it wasn’t really an accident) tripped and tumbled head-first into this story. I blew through 80% of the book in one afternoon as the plot got more intense. It really was a lovely way to spend my time. I greatly appreciated the excuse to procrastinate, So. This book. Demon Magic and a Martini. It’s pretty great. I might even go so far as to say that it’s my favorite of the series so far. Definitely double thumbs up!I read the beginning over a few days because I was busy, but then I accidentally (it wasn’t really an accident) tripped and tumbled head-first into this story. I blew through 80% of the book in one afternoon as the plot got more intense. It really was a lovely way to spend my time. I greatly appreciated the excuse to procrastinate, and I do not regret one minute of it.It continues the charmingly humorous, lighthearted tone from the previous books, but it also creeps a bit darker, which I loved because it upped the tension. I will say that there is a lot of action, but I felt that it was well balanced and necessary. The story focuses more on Ezra and his past rather than other characters, but that is one hundred percent A-ok with me because Ezra’s fantastic. In case I wasn’t clear enough, in my opinion it’s safe to say that if you enjoyed the other books, you’ll enjoy this one too. It’s more intense, relationships evolve, and the stakes are higher. It dives further into the life of magic wielders which is cool because I can kinda tell I’m being set up for future emotional destruction at the hands of these characters, but I’m not positive how, and that’s great.So, in pithy conclusion, I really like this book and I think you should read it. You can do with that information what you will.
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