Monday, 16 September 2019

Blitz: Taming Demons For Beginners by Annette Marie


I apologise in advance but the next few months will see a lot of Annette Marie fangirling because there's lots of books coming and I LOVE them!
😁
Although, they'll be better spaced out than they have been lately... Business and tiredness do not combine for a productive and well-balanced blog! 😞

My review for Taming Demons For Beginners!



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.

From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.



I snapped the Demonica guide shut and replaced it under the table, then scooped up my remaining
cookies and walked across the hardwood floor. I stopped two long steps from the summoning circle, the dome-shape interior filled with inky, impenetrable shadows.
I held up a cookie.
“This,” I announced, “is a double-chocolate brownie cookie. It’s delicious, and I’ll give it to you if you answer a question for me.”
Silence from within the darkness.
“I answered your question,” I added accusingly.
Quiet lay upon the room—then a soft, husky laugh. “A question, hh’ainun?” the demon crooned. "What would you ask?”
Doubts trickled through me. This was a bad idea, but I plowed on. “Do demons lie?”
“Ch,” it replied, a sound of cold amusement. “Zh’ūltis question. Ask another.”
I frowned. “What does zhuh-ool … what does that word mean?”
“Stupid. Stupid question.”
My frown deepened into a scowl. I rephrased. “If it’s true that demons don’t lie, why is that?”
A long pause, but it wasn’t the same silence as before. My skin prickled, instinct warning that a predator’s attention was locked on me.
“Tell me truths and lies, hh’ainun.”
“What?” I asked blankly.
The demon said nothing, waiting.
Brow furrowed, I searched for harmless things to say. “I moved here six days ago. I miss my college
classes. My favorite class was biology. I enjoy baking for my family.”
“Moved here,” the demon repeated in its swirling accent. “True. Miss your … college,” it enunciated
carefully, as though unfamiliar with the word, “true. Biology … lie.”
My eyes widened.
“Your family.” It rolled the last word as though tasting it. “Lie.”
“No,” I said. “That one is true.”
“Lie,” the demon repeated with certainty.
“You’re wrong. I love baking for my family.”
“Zh’ūltis.”
“Did you just call me stupid?” I clenched my jaw, then relaxed. “You didn’t answer my question.”
“I did.”
“No, you didn’t.” Glaring, I took a deep breath. “Fine. Whatever. If that’s your idea of answering a
question, I won’t bother asking any more.”
I stepped closer to the circle, knelt, and carefully set the paper towel of cookies on the floor. Keeping my body as far away as possible, I nudged a corner of the paper across the silver inlay, then snatched my hand back. This was the closest I’d ever come to the circle.
A soft scuff against the hardwood emanated from the darkness. The paper towel twitched, then slid into the black dome.
Icy blades of fear cut through me. Suddenly, the demon was no longer a voice—it was a physical being.
Something alive and solid and real that could pull the cookies into its prison cell. My gaze rose from the floor where the treats had disappeared to the curved black wall.
A spark of red in the darkness.
Flames burst to life and shot upward in a hungry blaze. I flung myself back. As I landed on my butt, the brief flare lit a shape within the black—the dark outline of shoulders, the edge of a jaw, the plane of a cheekbone.
Burning crimson eyes caught the light and glowed.
The fire died as quickly as it had appeared, and the dome was once again filled with impenetrable
darkness, the demon hidden within. Gray fluff fluttered out of the circle—ash. Flakes of ash. The demon had burned the paper towel.
I scooted across the floor, then pushed onto trembling legs. Without a word or a backward glance, I ran through the door and pushed it shut behind me, swearing never to return.
An hour later, as I lay in bed, trying to sleep, all I could see was the demon’s dim outline—and those
eyes that had glowed like hot coals, like magma erupting from a volcano’s heart.


(Available via Kindle Unlimited!)




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.



Sunday, 15 September 2019

Weekly Update #77


Welcome!
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!


How the heck are we in mid-September already?! I feel like this month is on fast forward and I'm getting nothing done!

This week, I had another long and tiring week at work but a pretty chill week at home. 
I finally got some blog visiting done but I've still got a ton of comments to return and a load of posts I've flagged as wanting to read so I hope to get more time this coming week to do that.
Sadly, I haven't had much time or energy for writing blog posts... During the summer, I wrote most of my posts for the week at the weekend and it freed up the week to just visit and plan stuff. Now that work is kicking my butt again that's flown out the window and I'm just too drained to think or be creative in the evenings!
If I'm lucky, I'll finally finish some posts I've got in draft today.

In other news...
I had a hospital appointment a couple of weeks ago with the rheumatology consultant who has been seeing me for almost two years. After running every test and ruling out everything that could cover my symptoms, they've finally decided that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
What's interesting is that there's no diagnostic test for CFS and they diagnose a person with it when they've ruled out everything else that could cause the symptoms... That seems to me like a nice medical catch-all condition. 😕

I left the hospital really confused (and a bit pissed off) because even though I knew it was a possibility, it just doesn't mesh with my mental view of myself if that makes sense?
 I knew someone with CFS in my past job and she had to be signed off work (when things got bad) and was literally incapable of getting out of bed some days. Even at my absolute worst, I've been able to function (even if it's at a reduced capacity).
It just didn't seem to fit me so it took a fair bit of digesting.
Then I started reading and the more I read the more I learned and the more things came together and actually made sense.
CFS has a wide range of severity and I've been one of the luckier ones, I guess...
Now, I just need to learn to properly look after myself which, to be fair, I've been learning to do anyway as this has been going on for a really long time! But it's now a case of learning what I can do better to avoid flare-ups.
Anyway, life trots on and a name for things doesn't change much.



⭐⭐⭐✮

This was a solid read featuring my favourite War Mage but it could have been a bit shorter and been just as good (if not better).



Kindle Unlimited 
Siren's Song by Karen Chance - I've been waiting on this one for a while and it tells the tale of what Pritkin was up to before reappearing in Brave The Tempest!

99p Sale
Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness - I've still to finish the All Souls Trilogy but when I saw Marcus's book at 99p I had to have it! It's an investment for the future!

Audio ARCs / Review Copies
Wake The Dead by Stacey Rourke - I've read some of Rourke's UF so I'm looking forward to branching out and listening to the audio for this one! Apparently, it's a cozy mystery!
America's Geekheart - Pippa Grant is new to me and listening to a contemporary romance on audio is definitely new to me but I'm pushing my audio boundaries! Let's see how it goes...

Freebies
Five Years Gone by Marie Force - This was the Romance Readers Club freebie this month!
Pucked by Helena Hunting - Was free on Amazon this week!


Big Bang Theory re-watch is still ongoing! We're on S6 now.


I love Imagine Dragons. 
500 Miles is a Scottish anthem - love it or hate it.
Combine the two? So much fun... 




Review: Taming Demons For Beginners by Annette Marie
Mini Reviews: Brave The Tempest & Sweep of The Blade



Mini Reviews: Stranded With The Billionaire & Bearly Tamed Grizzly
Blitz: Taming Demons For Beginners

And I may finish off a Family Adventures post! (Fingers crossed!)
Plus something else... I'm hoping for 4 posts!

Have a great week all!


Thursday, 12 September 2019

Review: Taming Demons For Beginners by Annette Marie


From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.


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.

*eARC provided in exchange of an honest review*


ebook


~ 296 pages


First person, single pov.


No.
This IS a sister series to the Guild Codex: Spellbound series and they do/will intersect but you don't need to know a single thing about the other series to read and enjoy this one.


Nope!
It's a series so lots of things are let hanging for future books but the ending doesn't leave you hanging, just excited for more!


Not really applicable but Robin is left happy for now!


N/A
Not a romance.


N/A
Not a romance.


Yes... It's nothing too over the top but there are bad guys who do horrible things and a demon who, well, kills them.
*shrugs*


Anyone who pays any kind of attention to my blog will know how much I love the Guild Codex Spellbound series so when I found out there was going to be a sister series I was both crazy nutso excited but also trepidatious.
It may be the same world and it may tie into the original series but what if I didn't like the main character? What if I hated the direction the story took? What if it infected my love for the original series?
What if, what if, what if...
All the what ifs were blurring together with excitement and practically choking me!
So it took me a whole day to work up the courage to dive into the book once I got my hands on an arc and then I. Was. Gone.
Holy crap!
I LOVED it!

Robin is amazing.
A mythic (a magic user/magical individual) who has studied magic but never learned to use it.
Due to tragedy she's living with her uncle and has been sucked into the illegal side of the mythic world. She's quiet and timid. She's bookish, likes to bake and not a fan of confrontation.
Basically, she's the complete opposite of Tori from the Spellbound series, lol.
But she's also painfully curious so she naturally can't resist speaking to the demon in the library when she's been told explicitly not to.

Demons are supposed to be brutal, evil, wicked... All the synonyms for all the bad things and there is no doubt that Zylas is capable of being a very very bad but there is obviously so much more to him because actions speak louder than words and by the end of the book his relationship with Robin (non-romantic but I have hope! lol) is quite possibly my favourite thing about any of the books in the Guild Codex series - both Demonized and Spellbound - and may become one of my favourite bookish relationships ever, depending on how things evolve throughout the series.
(Yep, I loved the crazy duo that much!)

Annette Marie has worked magic with this book.
It was fast-paced without being a whirlwind, you get all the information you need if you're new to the world but for those of us who are familiar, it isn't a tedious overload.
The humour is effortless, the characters feel real and the tension keeps you turning the pages desperate for more without ever feeling overwhelmed or anxious and needing to skip ahead just to check that things work out ok!
(Or is it just me who sometimes does that?)

My poor brain is reeling with all the possible directions this series could go and how the revelations here will impact upon the characters in the Guild Codex: Spellbound series.

Needless to say, Taming Demons For Beginners was a massive hit with me and I want more!
If you love UF you NEED the Guild Codex (both series, imo) in your life!


I adore the cover! Absolutely love it! All of Annette Marie's Guild Codex books have amazing covers! I love how the main colour palate of the Demonized books is red like demon magic and the Spellbound covers are predominantly purple...