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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie

I absolutely loved this book! So check out my 5 Star Review below and enter a fabulous giveaway. Enjoy!

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette MarieAnnette Marie (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1)
by Annette Marie
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Synopsis:

Rule one: Don't look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle's house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don't practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don't listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I'm supposed to act like I don't know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don't talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn't find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn't notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn't break the rules.

But I did, and now it's too late

Review:

Taming Demons for Beginners was a ton of fun, action packed and impossible to put down.  Just from that first chapter I was hooked and I screamed out loud best chapter ever!  Oh my gosh you guys, Annette Marie knows how to pull you in and continually have you begging for more.  The storyline was addictive, the characters lept from the pages and she created a world I never wanted to leave.  This book is for everyone out there that loves to say just one more chapter, and then before you know it you’ve finished the whole book.  In one day.

Adrenaline flooded my body. Panic screeched in my head, but I couldn’t move. Frozen like a rabbit in the wolf’s teeth, I stared at him in horror.
He held my fingers in a tight grip, then pulled.

I loved Robin.  She always seemed to be baking or have her nose in a book, and those are my two favorite things!  Robin was such a sweet girl with a huge heart.  But she could be shy and timid, and my heart hurt for for her.  Robin had moved in with her Uncle, after her parents passed away.  She was told to avoid magic, but her Uncle was swirling in it.  He summoned demons and created contacts with them.  That was extremely illegal.  All Robin had to do was mind her own business and stay away from the demon that was trapped in his library.  But who knew just how impossible that would become. 

Payilas.” His whisper demanded my answer.
“Protect me.”

The demon, ohhhhh I was obsessed with him right away.  I probably shouldn’t like someone who was supposed to be a killer, but Zylas had me deep in his clutches.  I was fascinated learning everything I could about him.  His words and mannerisms cracked me up, even though he wasn’t trying to be funny.  He didn’t understand so many things like what a tv was to blushing.  So it felt like he was from a different world, but at the same time, there was so much Robin didn’t understand either.

“What do you want?” My arm was on fire, blazing with agony, and I didn’t understand his question. My crumbling composure gave way.
“I don’t want to die,” I sobbed, shaking and gasping.

I loved watching Robin and Zylas learn about each other.  They were worlds apart and their misunderstandings had me laughing out loud.  Even when it was a serious moment, you couldn’t knock the smile off of my face at times.  But Robin grew so much in this story, and it felt like it was because of Zylas.  And Zylas, well I can’t talk much about him, but I loved watching them both evolve as the story unfolded.

I’d known full well that Zylas was a risk to everyone around me.
I’d known, and I’d ignored the danger.

Hold on because this book had heart pounding action that had me on the edge of my seat.  There were intense moments that were life or death.  Some of them I never even saw coming, so I gasped or screamed out loud. And when the pieces to the puzzle finally started to fall into place, it was terrifying.  Deadly.  This book truly had it all.

Kill them all, I thought as clearly as I could. The first chance you get.
His tail twitched, his stare boring into mine. The connection between us burned hot, an invisible thread that bound our fates together. Crimson light glowed across his fingers and the semi-transparent talons that tipped them. His tail slid slowly across the pavement. The twenty yards between us yawned even wider.

There were side characters I desperately want to talk about, but it’s best not knowing anything about them.  All I can say is I somehow got attached to one of them and I’m happily shocked I did.  And while I didn’t read the other series this one is linked to, you don’t need to, it stood on it’s own.  But I’ll definitely be picking it up!  So yes, I recommend this book!  With magic swirling through the pages and characters that I absolutely loved, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

“In my world,” he said unexpectedly, “there is a type of … tree.”
I faced him again, my brow furrowed in puzzlement.
“On the tree, it grows small …” He cupped his hands as though holding something. “… small fruits. The outside is poisonous, deadly, but inside is juicy and sweet. We fight over these trees. I have killed to take the fruit when it is ripe.”
He picked up another s’more cookie. “These are better.”

PS I’d love to know the recipes Robin made, they sound delicious!  Especially the marshmallow-stuffed s’more cookies!  YUM!

 

About Annette Marie:

Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

BLOG TOUR + REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

BLOG TOUR + REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Light at the Bottom of the World by London ShahThe Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
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Synopsis:

Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.

At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean's surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.

Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father's been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he's innocent, and all she's interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.

When she's picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.

Now, she'll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture-and her father might be lost forever.

Review:

Thank you to the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

As with many books I’ve read this year, especially ARCs, I REALLY wanted to love this book, but I ultimately decided I just liked it.

I landed on about four stars out of five, as there was a lot of good mixed with a few areas of improvement.

The setting and world building in this book was easily my favorite aspect. Set in the future, after the climate crisis has devastated the world, the remaining living beings of the world have retreated to living in underwater structures. There are water cars and submarines, but it sounds like there’s not a lot of travel among underwater hubs. Meanwhile, sea creatures can be found all around them and trips to the surface have been reported to have disastrous results for those who attempt to resurface.

Leyla is sixteen, living a comfortable life with her father and her dog, Jojo, until he is taken by the government. In an effort to earn his release, she enters a race. She is a highly skilled driver and the competition was really neat and exciting. However, this all happens in the first quarter of the book and that plotline is done with pretty quickly.

Instead, most of the book follows Leyla traveling in a submarine with a mysterious boy, Ari, who her grandfather hired to accompany Leyla on her quest to find her father. There’s times where Leyla, Jojo (her dog) and Ari leave the submarine, but really, a lot of the book takes place in this sub. I bet you can see where this is going…

Let’s talk about Leyla. She’s sixteen, which I tried to take into account for her dialogue and actions. However, I ultimately felt like I couldn’t connect with her. She makes a lot of poor decisions, trusting strangers for absolutely NO reason (this happens several times)) and truly did not seem to think any of her plans through.

“I’m going in, like I said. So now it’s up to you. You can either explain to my papa and grandpa why you let me go near a top security prison without a clue, or you can send me everything you guys have on the place. I mean, everything. Because I am going in, and nobody is stopping me.”

I think the author was trying to make her seem brave, but I found it made her seem a bit short-sited and rash. However, she believes in herself and is willing to do whatever it takes to rescue her father.

Besides the world, my other favorite thing about this book was the relationships between Leyla and others. She connected so well with others. I loved her friends, who are mostly featured in the beginning, though they do pop up a few times as the book progresses. I do wish they had been in there more, but I understand why not. Leyla also had a really touching relationship with her grandfather. They seemed to truly care for each other, even when they didn’t agree with each other’s choices.

And I can’t forget about her relationship with Ari. While I did feel it was a little awkward and forced at first, as they spent more time together and helped each other, I really found it to be quite sweet and cute.

“Phwoar. Who is he?”

“What, nobody! I don’t even know him!”

“Erm, he just exited your sub?”

“Whatever. I honestly don’t even know him!”

“Okaaaaaay, then. Oh, congrats on the marathon! You rocked it!”

I understand these are young teenagers and the author wants to make sure we understand these aren’t adults. However, there are a lot exclamation points used in this book (sorry, that’s just a pet peeve of mine in books) and sometimes it felt a little stilted or awkward. By no means does it take away from the book’s enjoyment, but just something I would like to see improved upon as the author settles in and moves the story along.

Overall, I was fairly invested in the story. I cared about what was happening with these characters and wanted to see what was going to happen next. While some storylines were wrapped up by the end, there’s certainly plenty more to come next. And considering the book ended with a cliffhanger, there’s definitely plans for a follow-up.

I’m definitely interested in what the author has planned next, because like I said, cliffhanger. Also there’s so many ways this can go and I really hope the world continues to open up.

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Favorite Quotes: 

Hope is all I have right now; it’s as unending as the oceans–and I must hold on to it. I just need a miracle.

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“It breaks my heart to tell you this now, Queenie. I tried so hard to keep it from you, to keep you from the pain. But you are right, I have an obligation to tell you the truth.”

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“You taught me that: ‘I will either find a way or make one.'”

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The waters can’t halt human connections. The desire–the sheer will, to reach out, to anchor one another, is too stellar. People will always find a way to keep from losing one another–from losing themselves.

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There’s an immovable weight inside threatening to engulf me, drag me down. Somewhere just beneath it is the daring to hope.

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“I’ll be alright,” I say quietly, nudging him with my elbow. “We have to hope for the best.”

“I don’t dare hope, Leyla. It abandoned us long ago.”

Giveaway: 

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About London Shah:

Author London Shah is a British-born Muslim of Pashtun ethnicity. She has lived in Britain’s capital city for most of her life via England’s beautiful North. When she’s not busy re-imagining the past, plotting an alternate present or dreaming up a surreal future, then she’s most likely drinking copious amounts of tea, eating all the sweets and cakes, strolling through Richmond Park or along the Thames, getting lost on an evening in the city’s older, darker alleyways—preferably just after it’s rained—listening to punk rock, or losing herself in a fab SFF book or film. If she could have only one super power, it would be to breathe underwater. THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD is her debut novel.

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GIVEAWAY: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

GIVEAWAY: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston10 Blind Dates Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
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Synopsis:

One broken heart, ten blind dates—and a whole lot of confusion!

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas—a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

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10 Blind Dates is a romp-y romance with a dash of hilarious family chaos is part of the revival of fresh, high-concept YA rom-coms in the vein of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson.

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About the Author

ASHLEY ELSTONAshley Elston is the author of several novels including: The Rules for Disappearing (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards) and This Is Our Story. She has a liberal arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Shreveport with her husband and three sons.

BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Most Tortured BBFs

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Today is the last day of our Blogiversary celebration! We hope that you have loved going through our lists of book boyfriends and favorite heroines!  If you missed one, they are our Fiercest BBFs and Kindest BBFs, Favorite Heroines and Darkest BBFs. So for today, we are going to talk about Our Most Tortured BBFs. These men completely enrapture our hearts, we ache for them as the story progresses and we can’t stop thinking about them long after we have closed the book. We hope you’ll want to meet all of our favorites too! And we’re wishing you lots of luck on our giveaways below!  Enjoy!  And thank you for celebrating with us!


Kulti from Kulti by Mariana Zapata
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Mariana Zapata knows how to write a leading man and Kulti is no exception. He is surly and brooding and has absolutely no problem barking orders at his team, especially Sal. There’s a reason why he is so tortured, tortured enough to pass out drunk in a bar, alone, requiring Sal to come to his rescue. However, underneath all that attitude and snark, is a kind man who wants to help others. His belief in Sal’s abilities and potential never waivers and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to help her succeed.

“What would I gain from telling you the first moment I realized you were meant to be mine? Nothing. You’re supposed to protect what you love, Sal. You taught me that. I didn’t wake up one day and know I didn’t want to live without your horrible temper. I saw so much of me in you at first, but you aren’t like me at all. You’re you, and I will go to my grave before I let anyone change any part of you. I know that without a doubt in my mind. This,” he pointed between us. “This is what matters.”

 


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Nathaniel from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
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Nathaniel took one more step and halted, his spine straight. He didn’t turn around, as if he couldn’t bear to face her. 

“I like it here,” she said, the truth surprising her as she spoke. “It almost feels like—like a home to me. I feel safe. I’m not afraid of you or your nightmares.”

He laughed once, a bitter, humorless sound. “You barely know me. You haven’t seen what I can do, not truly. When that happens, I expect you’ll change your mind.”

 

Rhen from A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
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A sound chokes out of my throat. I want to weep for an entirely new reason. The burning pain has reached my head, and my eyes begin to cloud with stars. 

“You are responsible,” she says, her terrible voice fading away. “You, Rhen. You alone will destroy them all.”

 

 

Rob from Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
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Once upon a time, I would stride across the park- ing lot and those bodies would part like the Red Sea. Everyone knew me. Everyone wanted to be me.

Now? No one wants to be Rob Lachlan Jr.

Not even me.

 

 

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Luc from The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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While I never ever thought I would say this, because Daemon has been my #1 bbf for the last five years, Luc not only challenged him but he grabbed first place.  I feel so disloyal saying that, but Luc was EVERYTHING!  He was hilarious, sigh worthy and charming without even trying.  He made me laugh, sigh and when I started to see how much he protected those he cared for, it was astounding.  

I wanted more than kissing. I wanted—
“What do you want?” he asked, his gaze holding mine.
“You,” I whispered, cheeks burning.
“You have me.” His thumb dragged along my lower lip. “You’ve always had me. Always.”

 

 

Ash from Bad Habit (Bad Love #1) by Charleigh Rose
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Asher Kelley, aka Ash, quickly owned my heart and his tortured soul spoke to me.  His history broke my heart, so even though he could be the biggest douche bag ever, he was also addicting and charismatic without even trying.  No matter what he did, Briar and I kept getting pulled in further and Ash will always be one of my top book boyfriends!

This thing between Briar and me is like a runaway train. It can’t be stopped, and it’ll take us both straight to hell.

“Tell me, Briar,” I whisper, getting closer to her ear. “Did he make you come from a kiss like I did? Does he know what you sound like as you do? Because I can still hear you. I can still see you.”

 

Colton from The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad by Cookie O’Gorman
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Colton was my favorite type of guy, sigh.  He’s one of those where you have to dig and look for clues, to see who he truly was.  And while he came across as a conceited, cocky, jerk who got into fights and skipped school, he could also be so sweet to Sadie.  So when he stood up for his brother or did things that would steal my breath, how could I not love Colton with everything I was. Colton was the ultimate pierced, bad boy who quickly captured my heart.

When I finally worked up the courage, I followed my instinct and pulled the ring into my mouth, giving it a short tug.
That was when I realized just how much he’d been holding back.
With something like a growl, Colton slanted his mouth over mine, and the kiss went from a slow burn into a wildfire.

 

 

Court from The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
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Court, Court, Court.  You have so much baggage to your past that it’s hard to comprehend how you could have ever had any kind of hope and trust in humanity again.  Yet, you did. And you welcomed Mykal, Franny and even your brother back into your life. You are so strong and kind to your core and that’s what really made an impression to me.

 

 

Stork from The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
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Stork is a Saltarian that was raised by his kind’s mortal enemies, the humans.  He had to bear the burden he did growing up and even more so when he met up with Franny, Court, and Mykal.  It was obvious he wanted to give Franny her answers so bad but wouldn’t for the longest time because of being duty bound to the admirals.  Loooooved his character.

 

 

Fiske from Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
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I don’t belong to you.” I repeated the words I said to him that night he pulled the stitches from my arm. This time, to lift the weight that pressed down onto him and silence whatever words were whispering in his mind. 

And because a small part of me still wanted them to be true.

Yes, you do.” He pulled the hair back out of my face so he could look at me. “Like I belong to you.

 

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COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina Bowen

COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina Bowen

COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY: Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina BowenMoonlighter (The Company #1)
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Synopsis:

Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.

I am SO excited to be part of this cover reveal, you guys.  I fell in love with Bowen’s writing this summer and I haven’t looked back since.  My favorite part is that our favorite characters spring up again in other series so we never truly have to part with them.  Moonlighter is the story of Eric Bayer, one of the Brooklyn Bruisers that is mentioned in almost every previous Bruiser books, and Alex, Nate’s friend that we met in Brooklynaire.  I can’t WAIT to get my hands on this gem.

 

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