Friday, 10 July 2020

Review: Lost Talismans and A Tequila by Annette Marie (Guild Codex: Spellbound #7)

*Minor spoilers ahead for this book, previous books and maybe a little of the Demonized books too.*

You know that squirmy sensation in your gut when you have no idea what you're doing and you're about to screw everything up?

Yeah, that feeling.

I thought I was a good judge of character, but recent events proved me very wrong. Now, in a brilliant demonstration of my newfound caution, I'm putting all my faith in a demon—a demon who's tried to kill me before. The squirmy feeling is making sense, right?

Unfortunately, I don't have any other options. Ezra's time is almost up, which means I need answers and I need them fast. So it's time to toughen up, pack my gear, and find me one of the most illegal, reviled, and scarce mythics out there: a demon-mage summoner.

And all I have to do is follow a demon's instructions on where to look. How could that go wrong?


First person, single pov.

Yes! You need to have read the rest of the Guild Codex: Spellbound books at a minimum but I'd also recommend reading Guild Codex: Demonized too as they cross over is major ways.

Surprisingly, no!
The story is obviously not complete - we've one book to go - and the events of this book are leading up to one hell of a finale but the book ends on a wonderful point that doesn't leave you a twitchingly anxious ball of going to die until the final book comes... It leaves you hopeful and excited!

I have no words and simultaneously too many words to describe how much I loved this book!
Holy forking shirtballs guys! The end is coming and it's going to be a-freakin-mazing!!! 
This book was amazing!
I just... I can't. I cannot describe the feelings!
Tori and Ezra are life! Ezra is utterly badass in this book! We get Ezra POV chapters!!!!
They finally admit they're in love!!!

After book three of the Demonized series (because the two series are super intertwined) I was worried that there wouldn't be a lot of Ezra in this book but there was!
There was lots of everyone! Aaron was on point, Kai was his sexy fierce self, Tori's brother Justin re-emerged and Kai's unwanted fiancee Makiko was helpful and badass too!
There was some Girard, Alister and Darius. Robin, Amalia and Zylas.
And demon-mages. Lots of demon-mages.

There are major reveals regarding "Claud", Enright, and the hydra-esqe infiltration of a demon fighting guild by the enemy!
The mastermind behind all the hinky goings-on in previous books from suped-up vamps to strange werewolves and golems that run on demon blood, is revealed!
Everything is coming together now and the only remaining question is how it all ends!
How is Annette Marie going to get our motley crew of beloved characters through what's to come and out the other side to a happy ever after?!
 I have no idea but I am here for whatever she has to throw at us.
It is going to be epic!

This series... It's full of humour, heart and magic. Wonderful, action-packed storylines. Slow-burning romance, friendships and characters that you will adore with every fibre of your being.
If this sounds appealing to you, you've got to read it! It gets better and better with each book and this book delivered in a major way.
Loved it!

The cover is amazing. I love the little details and how everything is tired into events in the book. My favourite of the series, so far anyway!


My thoughts on the other books in the series

Book 1: Three Mages and A Margarita
Book 2: Dark Arts and A Daiquiri
Book 3: Two Witches and A Whiskey
Book 4: Demon Magic and A Martini
Book 5: The Alchemist and An Amaretto 
Book 6: Druid Vices and A Vodka


  1. An awesome finale but no cliffhanger? How cool is that?! Glad you got more of Ezra like you wanted! :)

    1. This is the penultimate. I'm excited to see how it all ends!

  2. This really was a great read. I am so curious what the finale will be like after reading this one. And I like how much there was of all the characters. I also liked how we saw more of Makiko in this one. And the Ezra chapters were a nice touch especially when he changed his attitude. Great review!

    1. I'm dying to know how it ends! I don't think I could handle anything but a happy ending for them all!

  3. Awesome review! I've been listening on audio so I am waiting for that but I can't wait! (end of August) I always think I'll use my KU to just read them but I never have time as so many good things to read so I wait for the audio ARC.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. This sounds really good. I haven't read this series yet but you have me intrigued.

    1. The series is awesome. If you have KU, it's all available on there. :)

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    1. The author designs them herself! They're so pretty.

  6. I didn't read you review because I don't even read the synopsis before diving in for fear of spoilers. However your 5 star rating has me giddy!

    1. It was possibly my favourite so far! I can't wait to see what you think of it once you've inhaled the audio. :)