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Three months ago, I landed a job as a bartender. But not at a bar—at a guild. Yeah, the magic kind. I'm not a badass mage like my three smokin' hot best friends. I'm not a sorcerer or an alchemist, or even a wussy witch. I'm just a human, slinging drinks like a pro and keeping my non-magical nose out of mythic business. Seriously, I know my limits. So why am I currently Three months ago, I landed a job as a bartender. But not at a bar—at a guild. Yeah, the magic kind. I'm not a badass mage like my three smokin' hot best friends. I'm not a sorcerer or an alchemist, or even a wussy witch. I'm just a human, slinging drinks like a pro and keeping my non-magical nose out of mythic business. Seriously, I know my limits. So why am I currently standing in a black-magic ritual circle across from a fae lord? Somewhere behind me, my three mage friends are battling for their lives. Somewhere near my feet is the rogue witch I just knocked out with a stolen spell. And I have about five seconds to convince this very angry sea god not to shmoosh me like a bug. I'm pretty sure this wasn't part of the job description.


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Three months ago, I landed a job as a bartender. But not at a bar—at a guild. Yeah, the magic kind. I'm not a badass mage like my three smokin' hot best friends. I'm not a sorcerer or an alchemist, or even a wussy witch. I'm just a human, slinging drinks like a pro and keeping my non-magical nose out of mythic business. Seriously, I know my limits. So why am I currently Three months ago, I landed a job as a bartender. But not at a bar—at a guild. Yeah, the magic kind. I'm not a badass mage like my three smokin' hot best friends. I'm not a sorcerer or an alchemist, or even a wussy witch. I'm just a human, slinging drinks like a pro and keeping my non-magical nose out of mythic business. Seriously, I know my limits. So why am I currently standing in a black-magic ritual circle across from a fae lord? Somewhere behind me, my three mage friends are battling for their lives. Somewhere near my feet is the rogue witch I just knocked out with a stolen spell. And I have about five seconds to convince this very angry sea god not to shmoosh me like a bug. I'm pretty sure this wasn't part of the job description.

30 review for Two Witches and a Whiskey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5. JAW. DROPPING. STARS! . Absolutely incredible. By far my favorite (omfg I. L O V E D. THIS.) installment in the series thus far! I love seeing Tori grow as a character in each installment, and she certainly grows a LOT in this one. It’s amazing. Annette Marie is possibly one of the best YA writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of discovering... she leaves you hanging on to every single word like they’re the air you need to breathe. (WARNING: I am about to make a ton of exclamatio Star Rating: —> 5. JAW. DROPPING. STARS! . Absolutely incredible. By far my favorite (omfg I. L O V E D. THIS.) installment in the series thus far! I love seeing Tori grow as a character in each installment, and she certainly grows a LOT in this one. It’s amazing. Annette Marie is possibly one of the best YA writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of discovering... she leaves you hanging on to every single word like they’re the air you need to breathe. (WARNING: I am about to make a ton of exclamations. Let’s bring on those exclamation points!) The villains! The action! The GHOST😱(such a fantastically done character even if he is devious. 🤭😊)! The Druid! The sexy! Ezraaaa! ZAK! ZAK! The MAGIC! My God it’s so intricately woven & bold at the same time. This installment really made me do my happy dance and I will not apologize. I may have drooled a couple times too. Whatevs. Um... there’s a leviathan. Enough said. I don’t want to spoil anything about it bc its so original & fun 😊 Ah; HOSHI! Ugh. Obsessed. So amazing. She rivals Zak as my fav character in this one <3. I won’t spoil anything about her. 😉 Okay, seriously, let’s talk about Zak . Zak. Zak. Zak, is my main man forever. Yes, yes, mmmk? Aaaaaand more yes. Fight me. The EVERYTHING about this series is AMAZING & ADDICTIVE AF. It’s seriously giving me new adult/ adult (they’re in their early 20’s, mostly) very vaguely This Savage Song vibes (maybe ?), HP vibes, as well as some TMI vibes (more on the shadowhunter side of the spectrum than HP, because while elements of this have a bit of light whimsy, it is by no means always whimsical). It is 100% SO fantastical & magical, though with some DARK Urban Fantasy elements, as well . Also, the wit, sass, cleverness, the great friend/ “combat group” trope reminds me of all three. Hrm, four, actually, because the mysteriousness that the series leans towards, the saving the world with that hardcore sass, sarcasm, etc... makes me also even throw a DASH of Skullduggery Pleasant into this vibe pot as well (stir in mixture gradually as you bring to a boil, then let simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Voila! *chef’s kiss*👌🏻haha). Though this may remind me of SOME elements of those books... it truly is very vaguely... I assure you that this series is in a sub-genre all of it’s own and each book is a completely new & unique experience !! If you love Urban Fantasy, supernatural elements, unique magic systems, & paranormal romance you’re in for a hell of a treat if you add this novel/ series to your TBR. You’ll have to read it just to understand wtf I was talking even talking about just now. 🤦🏼‍♀️😅😂 I can’t even explain how absolutely, incredibly, & REFRESHING this is! I’m so addicted to this series it’s not even funny! I’m so in love with this series; give it a try! It’s worth it, I promise. Plus, they are quick reads :-). Onto the next one— Demon Magic and a Martini! Book 4! Annette Marie, just take my money. You’re amazing. Damn it; I drooled again. Freakin Zak. Gahhh; who am I kidding? I don’t mind... it’s ZAK.💚 *dabs corner of mouth with handkerchief like a dame* *sighs dreamily* *keeps hankie handy* 😉

  2. 4 out of 5

    ✶Rachelle✶

    REREAD Sept 24, 2019 This book is easily my favorite in the series so far Why? (view spoiler)[Zak (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[Also Hoshi has my heart (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[And I LOVE what Zak says to Tori at the end..."You chose this Tori. Choice is more powerful than fate." I got the sense that everyone else pitied Tori for not being a mythic. Zak did not. #teamZak for the win (hide spoiler)] -------- 5 stars Me during the first 95% of the book: Me at the last 5%: THIS WAS SO GREAT Hands down REREAD Sept 24, 2019 This book is easily my favorite in the series so far Why? (view spoiler)[Zak (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[Also Hoshi has my heart (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[And I LOVE what Zak says to Tori at the end..."You chose this Tori. Choice is more powerful than fate." I got the sense that everyone else pitied Tori for not being a mythic. Zak did not. #teamZak for the win (hide spoiler)] -------- 5 stars Me during the first 95% of the book: Me at the last 5%: THIS WAS SO GREAT Hands down my favorite book of the series thus far. I am in love with all the characters ((view spoiler)[especially you Zak (hide spoiler)] ), and I was so happy to get to spend some quality time with them. The wait till the next book in April is gonna be rough.... (view spoiler)[If Tori doesn't end up with Zak I will cry (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[But I'm also torn because Ezra <3 <3 (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I feel like I'm sensing a possible love triangle/square but I'm okay with that??? Only because it's Annette Marie (hide spoiler)] I especially loved reading about the inner struggles that Tori went through in this story, because let's be real...a human hanging out with a bunch of mythics is bound to bring up some self reflection. One of my favorite things about this series is that each book is it's own episode, so to speak. There is still a larger story and plotline happening, but each book is self contained and has a satisfying conclusion. No cliffhangers, but still enough is left unsaid to keep you coming back for more. Plus this is Annette Marie so you should be reading all her stuff anyway. Okay can we have book 4 now? =) --------- An ARC from Annette Marie? Why, yes please

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This series is fun fluff for me, but Tori is suddenly getting on my nerves. I don't recall her being so purposefully stupid/self-centered in her decision making skills in the prior books. I mean, if someone says they are busy and in the middle of something but will come see you when they are done, that is not an invitation to go find them and interrupt them just so you can get what you want right now. The second book went in a completely different direction from the first book, and now this thir This series is fun fluff for me, but Tori is suddenly getting on my nerves. I don't recall her being so purposefully stupid/self-centered in her decision making skills in the prior books. I mean, if someone says they are busy and in the middle of something but will come see you when they are done, that is not an invitation to go find them and interrupt them just so you can get what you want right now. The second book went in a completely different direction from the first book, and now this third book has the main character digressing instead of progressing in terms of her maturity. I'll give this series one more try with the next book - they are free audiobooks through my library so no real risk on my part aside from my time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: “You chose this, Tori. Choice is more powerful than fate.” (c) Q: “Keanu Reeves just called,” someone said in a mock whisper. “He wants his Matrix outfit back.” (c) Tori's list of wonderfully unique experiences is getting richer by the minute: Flown with a dragon? CHECK Made a darkfae scream like a sissy girl? CHECK Punched a rogue druid in the nose? CHECK Thrown a drink on three mages at once? CHECK Kidnapped by a druid? CHECK Saved a macho, full-power, light-up-the-room pyromage? Twice? CHECK Attac Q: “You chose this, Tori. Choice is more powerful than fate.” (c) Q: “Keanu Reeves just called,” someone said in a mock whisper. “He wants his Matrix outfit back.” (c) Tori's list of wonderfully unique experiences is getting richer by the minute: Flown with a dragon? CHECK Made a darkfae scream like a sissy girl? CHECK Punched a rogue druid in the nose? CHECK Thrown a drink on three mages at once? CHECK Kidnapped by a druid? CHECK Saved a macho, full-power, light-up-the-room pyromage? Twice? CHECK Attacked a person with an umbrella? Twice? CHECK (note: the umbrellas have demonstrate 100% morbidity) Isn't she fun to be around? And she's amassing cool-ass magical artefacts: Q: In it were three sorcery artifacts: my Queen of Spades card, stolen from a rogue sorcerer in my first violent mythic encounter; a fat ruby-red crystal on a leather tie, also stolen; and a very illegal spell set in a green crystal that I probably shouldn’t be hanging on to. (c) A Leviathan is another fantastic add to the collection. And all the action - lots of fun packed in an easy read. And a lot of satisfaction in the way the wishes keep coming true in this one. Q: “I’ll have him disembowel the Yamada mongrel—you know, because that’s how Japanese samurai commit suicide, right?” Wow. Not only a would-be murderer, but a racist too. (c) That's not racism, that's nationalism. I think I need to start docking points off books where words are used in the wrong meanings. Twiggy - is my next fav character! Q: “Amazing!” I agreed, not entirely sure how to compliment a bunny. (c) Q: Dogs could have behavioral issues. Rabbits could have behavioral issues. I’d even say vehicles could have behavioral issues. But not cards. Cards were just cards, end of story. (c) Q: “The only guild we haven’t approached is the Grand Grimoire, but I’m sure you understand why we would avoid them.” I nodded, even though I had not the slightest clue. (c) Q: “We send you home on vacation, and you turn around and sign us up for a job. Well played.” (c) Q: The pyromage was a walking insurance claim. (c) Q: She said it like she expected me to gasp loudly, lay a hand against my forehead, and contemplate fainting on the spot. (c) Q: “Tori,” Kai said. “What did you do with my phone?” I paused, about to pull my jacket off. “Uh … I broke it. Sorry.” “Broke it? How?” “I punched Olivia in the face with it.” (c) Q: I was going through umbrellas at an alarming rate. (c) Q: “That’s fine. Collecting instruments you don’t play just to carry them around the house is perfectly normal.”... “I thought about collecting pianos instead.” (c) Q: “Idleness? Is that how you describe getting bound to a fae lord, battling a rogue guild, and giving MagiPol their worst migraine of the month?” (c)

  5. 5 out of 5

    ♛Vanessa♛ ϟ Novel Nerd Faction

    06/15/2021: Reread! (Audiobook.) 09/16/2020: Reread! (Audiobook.) 07/31/2020: Reread! (Listened on audiobook with my son, Maddox.) 07/14/2020: Reread! (view spoiler)[I am so glad that I decided to reread this series before the last book comes out this October. I love refreshing my mind with all the tiny details that can slip my mind. Experiencing this series all at once has been incredible. These characters have won a special place in my heart. They are so relatable and likable. I have never been as 06/15/2021: Reread! (Audiobook.) 09/16/2020: Reread! (Audiobook.) 07/31/2020: Reread! (Listened on audiobook with my son, Maddox.) 07/14/2020: Reread! (view spoiler)[I am so glad that I decided to reread this series before the last book comes out this October. I love refreshing my mind with all the tiny details that can slip my mind. Experiencing this series all at once has been incredible. These characters have won a special place in my heart. They are so relatable and likable. I have never been as invested in a group of characters than I am when I read a book by this author. The plotting of this series is pure genius. (hide spoiler)] 09/14/2019: Read for the second time! <3 Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. Oh, this series delights me ever so much! I truly wish that it would never end. This series has it all! Scenes that will make you laugh out loud, high stakes, magic, a grip of handsome mythic men to drool over, and a heroine that has no superpowers but can still kick ass with the rest of them. I am so glad that Annette Marie decided to go the route of episodic episodes for this series. While elements from each book crossover to the next in the series, each book has a self-contained plot. While there is enough information planted into the books to leave some mystery and plot points to grow on for future books, there are no cliffhangers. Marie is a truly skilled plotter. Her stories take on a life of their own. The construction of her stories is always incredibly clever and the basis of them is always unique. It is what I have come to expect from her stories and I have never been disappointed. I love that I never know what to expect from the plot and that I am always surprised by the outcomes. The world-building is much the same as in the first two books. The world itself is set in our own world, but with a secret, underlying magic world underneath. I am really enjoying the interesting magic system that Marie has created for this series. We get to explore some more of the rules and exceptions to that magic system in this book. The characters are the absolute best! They are so easy to love. They have perfect chemistry and they feel like a family. I love the deep underlying aspect of friendship in this series. The characters care so much for each other and will go to great lengths for each other in this sometimes dangerous mythic world. There is also a large aspect of family or found/chosen family. The guild is a family for those that are members and Tori has been lacking in this department for most of her life so the guild becomes that for her as well. The characters are all written with enough mystery about them and their pasts to make you wonder what the missing pieces are and how they may fit into the story in later books. I liked that Tori was going through some deep personal emotions. She has to face her fears that if she should lose her job at the guild then her new friends would be lost to her as well. She faces her abandonment issues from her past with a little help from Ezra. I liked seeing more of Kai in this book. A look at his past was awesome. I liked that Zak returned in this book. I love his character and this book just cemented my love for him. I also liked the parts with Darius. He is the leader of the guild and he is as sharp as a blade and has a big heart. I liked the tender moments with Ezra. Aaron is trying to decipher his relationship with Tori. And I liked the introduction of new characters that kept things interesting. Bottom line, Marie can write characters like no one else. They are always complex with unbelievable chemistry. There wasn't as much romance in this book. Tori and Aaron are trying to sort out their feelings for each other, but I don't want to get into it much because...spoilers. Let's just say that I wasn't surprised by anything. This series is certainly addicting. I definitely recommend this series to fantasy lovers that enjoy fast-paced plots, an original story premise, and characters that will make you laugh out loud. It is ever so easy to fall in love with these books. I can't wait for the next installment of this series, Demon Magic and a Martini, which comes out in April! (Oh god, it feels like forever!) More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction

  6. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Two Witches and a Whiskey The Guild Codex: Spellbound, Book 3 By: Annette Marie Narrated by: Cris Dukehart This continues the great series with more of Ghost, an accidental binding to a Fae Lord that is slowly killing her, a fall out with her brother, and more awesome magical situations! The narration continues to be excellent!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    This book, this entire series is a complete hoot. A down on her luck woman walks into a bar, lands a job, and then discovers she's the only human in a bar full of mystical beings. She should run...but you know...she needs the job. This book, this entire series is a complete hoot. A down on her luck woman walks into a bar, lands a job, and then discovers she's the only human in a bar full of mystical beings. She should run...but you know...she needs the job.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    I am having such a blast with this series. I love the world Annette Marie has created. While each book revolves around a mythical case, the series is best listened to in order of release. So far the guild has done a good job of keeping Tori’s employment at the Claw & Hammer a secret, but MagiPol shows up with questions about recent cases/bounties and is looking for a guild member with red hair. A woman who was involved in a kidnapping case and may know the notorious Ghost. Eep! The guys get Tori I am having such a blast with this series. I love the world Annette Marie has created. While each book revolves around a mythical case, the series is best listened to in order of release. So far the guild has done a good job of keeping Tori’s employment at the Claw & Hammer a secret, but MagiPol shows up with questions about recent cases/bounties and is looking for a guild member with red hair. A woman who was involved in a kidnapping case and may know the notorious Ghost. Eep! The guys get Tori out of there and Darius puts her on leave until things cool down. Our poor girl is depressed, but two witches show up at her apartment and things are about to get interesting! We gain some insight into our handsome mages, particularly Kia. Ezra helps Tori sort through some of her own issues and we learn more about Zak, Aka the Ghost as Tori gets herself caught up with powerful fae, and a dark lord. The plot was fast paced, action packed and entertaining. I enjoy how the author can share more about the characters and world as she seamlessly weaves them into the current storyline. We see overall series arc advancement including the MagiPol problem. What really makes this series are the characters and bonds that form. We have magical creatures, complicated dudes, tarot readers and more. Darius the guild leader impresses me, and I love how Kia, Ezra and Aaron. I hope we see a lot more of Zak, the mysterious druid. The banter and snark between him and Tori are hilarious. Cris Dukehart has become the voice of these characters. Her narration is fun. From the fae to Tori she has given each a unique voice that suits their personalities. I will grab other titles she narrates. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  9. 4 out of 5

    mith

    It is 4 AM so pardon my typos in this review but I just CANNOT with this book. Annette Marie truly gets better with each and every book she writes. I am in love with Two Witches and a Whiskey and I am so, so impatient for the next one. Let’s talk worldbuilding: this is something Marie excels at. This wild, supernatural world Tori’s found herself in grows with each new adventure. It not only furthers Tori’s involvement in the dangerous world, but also heightens all the stakes. And I just—I love i It is 4 AM so pardon my typos in this review but I just CANNOT with this book. Annette Marie truly gets better with each and every book she writes. I am in love with Two Witches and a Whiskey and I am so, so impatient for the next one. Let’s talk worldbuilding: this is something Marie excels at. This wild, supernatural world Tori’s found herself in grows with each new adventure. It not only furthers Tori’s involvement in the dangerous world, but also heightens all the stakes. And I just—I love it all so much? It makes for a fast-paced, action-packed read and it is absolutely thrilling. Let’s talk characters: SUPERB. I have never loved Tori as much as I did in this book! I always have issues with feisty main characters because my introverted ass is hiding in shock from everything they do and say, but holy HELL. I did that here too but mostly in awe because wow, Tori is awesome. Being in her head is great—she’s genuinely funny and it balances out super well with the insecurities and fears she has. She’s grown so much but the core of her is still there and it makes for such! a! fun! book! And as for the side characters and our three mages? LOVE. We get more insight into Kai this book and, not gonna lie, it’s pretty brilliant. I love that we get to see more of his backstory! (I have a favourite scene that features him and it’s probably the hottest scene I’ve ever read, ngl.) I also love the camaraderie between Tori and the guys—so genuine and realistic and pure! The jokes, the insults, the EVERYTHING. It’s all so authentic and reading this friendship makes me eternally happy. And not to spoil anything and be THAT person, but one of my favourite side characters comes back in this one and the banter is A++++. (I hope he gets his own series. Annette, if you see this, I’m pretty sure you know who I’m talking about so PLEASE!!!). Let’s talk romance: HMM. Not gonna say much because... well there wasn’t much! Which is shocking. Marie’s romances are what I LIVE for. But I’m surprised with the way it went in this book and I’m eagerly looking forward to how things change! These books are episodic but honestly you should just start from the beginning to avoid missing out. And also so you can experience just how much things seem to CHANGE with each book. I expected this series to be light and fun and hilarious—which is definitely is!—but it’s also growing bigger and darker and more dangerous and I am loving every. single. bit of it. So! That being said—give me book 4! (Have y’all seen that cover? I’m starry eyed.) I need more of Tori’s narration ASAP. (...and to see where the romance might go because extreme eye emoji is happening.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I think these are just getting better and better and I love how feisty Tori is. I will say, I am having a really hard time picking which boy is the best. I love them all and is it weird that I don't necessarily know if I want Tori with any of them or all of them LOL? I do hope we see more of a very broody druid though. After that ending I'm afraid we won't be seeing him for awhile and I adore him! I think these are just getting better and better and I love how feisty Tori is. I will say, I am having a really hard time picking which boy is the best. I love them all and is it weird that I don't necessarily know if I want Tori with any of them or all of them LOL? I do hope we see more of a very broody druid though. After that ending I'm afraid we won't be seeing him for awhile and I adore him!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review. I ate Annette Marie's latest book within two days. I was over the moon excited to read Two Witches and a Whiskey early on because I have much curiosity and I hoped Annette Marie would give some insight??? Yeah, no, that didn't happen. It's safe to say that both Di from Book Revi The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review. I ate Annette Marie's latest book within two days. I was over the moon excited to read Two Witches and a Whiskey early on because I have much curiosity and I hoped Annette Marie would give some insight??? Yeah, no, that didn't happen. It's safe to say that both Di from Book Reviews by Di and I have even more questions after devouring the third book in The Guild Codex: Spellbound series. As usual, we have a new adventure. The greatest part of this entire series is each book having its own plot in addition to the overall plot in the series, so there's never really a cliffhanger. Two Witches and a Whiskey continues to follow Tori as she navigates the Mystic world, continuing her friendships among the Crow and Hammer guild that readers are introduced to in  Three Mages and a Margarita . In the third novel of The Guild Codex: Spellbound series, Tori accidentally gets her friends involved in dealing with a fae lord. Plus we get some returning characters from  Dark Arts and a Daiquiri ! (My fangirl heart can't take it, ahhh.) Internal Struggles™ with Tori As much Tori loves hanging out with the Mythic community and her close circle of friends with Aaron, Ezra and Kai, we continue to see Tori struggling internally. The Crow and Hammer guild appreciates and values her and treats her as though she is a member. However, because she is human, there is always the thought that at any moment, she could be taken away from the world and continue with her life the way before meeting the Mythics. Tori is constantly wanting to fit in with the other members throughout the series, and this continues with the third book. Character development and relationships! I absolutely adore the relationships between the characters and have been since the first book. It's really clear how close Aaron, Ezra and Kai are with their interactions despite the varying differences between their personalities. While most of the story focuses on Tori, we get some insight into Kai and Ezra as well. There is also much character development that continues to happen in Two Witches and a Whiskey with Tori. We see the others helping her come to terms of accepting that they won't abandon her after all the memories that have been created in the short time they've been together. Words can't express my excitement, omg. Y'ALLLLL I had trouble writing a coherent review without screaming GO READ THIS SERIES RIGHT NOW. Two Witches and a Whiskey is a fast-paced novel and I loved every moment we get with Tori as she continues to cause shenanigans and works her way through it like a professional™. This review was originally posted on Bookwyrming Thoughts.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Arunimaa

    4.75 stars Two Witches and a Whiskey was an absolute treat. Based on my reactions to the previous installments, it surprised me with how good it was Mostly because I couldn't bring myself to like Tori at all. But I think she managed to win over me in this book. I saw a lot of improvement in her and felt like the author finally did justice to how her character was sketched - strong, smart, witty, snarky in a much more realistic way. Before, I always felt like her character was very su 4.75 stars Two Witches and a Whiskey was an absolute treat. Based on my reactions to the previous installments, it surprised me with how good it was Mostly because I couldn't bring myself to like Tori at all. But I think she managed to win over me in this book. I saw a lot of improvement in her and felt like the author finally did justice to how her character was sketched - strong, smart, witty, snarky in a much more realistic way. Before, I always felt like her character was very surface level, with these adjectives just thrown at her without depth. She would do things just because they would fit in the bracket of her 'badass character' but it would often be dumb and unrealistic. But I didn't really face that problem this time. In fact, quite enjoyed her character. And I love how funny she is. I have saved all the funny bits of her narration on my kindle because imma gonna steal them for myself to sound cooler around people. (view spoiler)[ hehehehe (hide spoiler)] The plot was fantastic. I didn't feel bored even for a second. It was fast-paced and laced with urgency, action, and yes a lot of male hotness. Talking about the male hotness, I have said this before also in my old reviews and I stand by it, I love these boys so much. Each. One. Of. Them. We got a little peek of Kai's family and history but that was barely anything and it left me wanting for more. (view spoiler)[ KAI HAS A FIANCÉ, WUTT?! (hide spoiler)] I need more information because not knowing is absolutely killing me. Going on to romance, there wasn't much of it but like there was a much-needed closure on certain things. I love Aaron but I never really saw him with Tori. If I have to pick, it would either be Ezra or Zak. But so far, there has barely been any indication. Ezra seems to have a teeny tiny crush on Tori though. hehehehhe I don't really see Kai and Tori together but I really want to know his backstory and I would love to see the mysterious and calculated Kai flustered over a girl. I liked the ended but it also made me sad (view spoiler)[ Zak :( (hide spoiler)] But I hope we get to see more of him in upcoming books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I want it now and not later. Okay, I finished reading this book on Friday night and i love it. It was so cool. Tori's life is fucking interesting as hell. This book is one of my favorites in the series so far. I felt that is needs to have many and many books to keep us within this world. She needs to open up a bit more as well. The ending was great!!!! However, I will miss someone. You need to read it for yourselves to know who and why. I want it now and not later. Okay, I finished reading this book on Friday night and i love it. It was so cool. Tori's life is fucking interesting as hell. This book is one of my favorites in the series so far. I felt that is needs to have many and many books to keep us within this world. She needs to open up a bit more as well. The ending was great!!!! However, I will miss someone. You need to read it for yourselves to know who and why.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    *cries* It's like this whole series is just a showcase of how stupid this girl can be and I want to hate her, but then she LEARNS HER GOD DAMN LESSON and I can't hate her! I've never been so conflicted about a series, actively liking it and also disliking it while I'm still reading it. Oh my god, am I hate-reading this? *cries* It's like this whole series is just a showcase of how stupid this girl can be and I want to hate her, but then she LEARNS HER GOD DAMN LESSON and I can't hate her! I've never been so conflicted about a series, actively liking it and also disliking it while I'm still reading it. Oh my god, am I hate-reading this?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Darcey

    not bad! Kai got a bit more of a personality so i was happy, and a ship that i wasn't really vibing with finally broke up. all up a good book, especially with my babe Zak in here! onto the next one ;) not bad! Kai got a bit more of a personality so i was happy, and a ship that i wasn't really vibing with finally broke up. all up a good book, especially with my babe Zak in here! onto the next one ;)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The story was good, but Tori is really annoying. I prefer the demon series set in the same world but decided to continue this series for its tie-in and cross over to the other series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is third in a UF series that builds character and story arcs over time. So I definitely recommend reading in order. Again, you know about what you are getting with this one. I had a bit of a strain in the middle when Tori fell into some despair about losing her place with the guild and her friends. At this point, it's becoming a little tired and I made a deal with myself that if there wasn't some normalization of her status among mythics by the end, I'd rethink moving on to the next. Fortunat This is third in a UF series that builds character and story arcs over time. So I definitely recommend reading in order. Again, you know about what you are getting with this one. I had a bit of a strain in the middle when Tori fell into some despair about losing her place with the guild and her friends. At this point, it's becoming a little tired and I made a deal with myself that if there wasn't some normalization of her status among mythics by the end, I'd rethink moving on to the next. Fortunately, her status does get some normalization by the end, though, in true Crow & Hammer fashion it's sketchy and will likely generate scrutiny in the future. It's enough to appease my concern, though not so solid that Marie couldn't yank it if she wants to later. And I couldn't help feeling that the final confrontation in the end was manipulated by the author as well. At least, the part where (view spoiler)[the rogue witch trying to bind the big-bad goes from being right next to her to hightailing it up a cliff, across a park, and to a public overlook where there were lots of witnesses all described in a furious pace with no break or breath (hide spoiler)] . It felt like author trying to move things fast enough to keep the reader from asking "how the heck did he pull off that trick?" So I was riding on a lower rating, despite some lovely character moments and bringing Zak into her circle of friendship, at least a little. But then the ending just tugged all my heartstrings and pushed it right back to a final four stars. And again, that's dependent on being content with the still-sketchy world-building and just going along with the fragmentary setup around the whole "mythics" designation. A note about Chaste: I was worried about the relationships continuing on their holding pattern in this one. So I was happy that Marie put it out there in regards to the Aaron/Tori thing being "fun but not going anywhere". So by the end, we have Tori still single and not really seeing anyone. And I'm okay with that because, frankly, she's only just getting to a place where she's healthy-enough emotionally to be a full partner in something romantic. I'm good if it continues along those lines with keeping her guy-friends in friendship status. But it'd be interesting if something else developed later. Either way, there's no sex and nothing even a little sexy in this story so it's pretty chaste.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)

    With every new book in this series Annette Marie seems to outdo herself! Every book that I've read so far becomes a favorite after I finish it! This was the most action-packed and fast-paced adventure yet! That was probably due to the circumstances Tori found herself in but it was amazing none the less! Tori continues to be her snarky and sassy self in this story. She also has an astonishing amount of things go wrong and work in her favor at the same time. I also loved how she's finally found With every new book in this series Annette Marie seems to outdo herself! Every book that I've read so far becomes a favorite after I finish it! This was the most action-packed and fast-paced adventure yet! That was probably due to the circumstances Tori found herself in but it was amazing none the less! Tori continues to be her snarky and sassy self in this story. She also has an astonishing amount of things go wrong and work in her favor at the same time. I also loved how she's finally found her second family! The guys were awesome as always! Zak still stood out in this novel even with everything that was going on. He's growing on me. I hope we see him in a future novel. I'm still firmly on team Erza. I just want to know more about him and his secrets. We've gotten to know all the other guys in different ways. Erza needs his turn! I loved the ending! I also loved how the author finally made Tori kinda-sorta official (I can't say more than that because it's a huge spoiler). I also laughed out loud when the Zak plot twist was revealed! I can't wait for their next adventure! The Audio Book: The narrator did a good job overall! There were a few voices that started to blend into one another in the end but it was fine. She has a nice range of voices but her male voices don't go as deep as I would like them to.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Tori just can't seem to keep herself out of trouble. Just as the Magic Police start to investigate the guild for her previous involvement in cases, Tori somehow promises to look into a string of disappearances of fae from a local park, only she and the boys stumble upon a (view spoiler)[ dark magic ritual taking place. Tori inserts herself into the ritual just before a powerful fae is enslaved by black witches binding herself to the angry fae instead. The rest of the book is everyone running aro Tori just can't seem to keep herself out of trouble. Just as the Magic Police start to investigate the guild for her previous involvement in cases, Tori somehow promises to look into a string of disappearances of fae from a local park, only she and the boys stumble upon a (view spoiler)[ dark magic ritual taking place. Tori inserts herself into the ritual just before a powerful fae is enslaved by black witches binding herself to the angry fae instead. The rest of the book is everyone running around trying to break the binding and avoiding the nasty black witches that are hunting her. (hide spoiler)] I just can't get enough of these characters. I've been wishing that this was an RH for several books now because I just love all the guys! But after this ending, I might be willing to relinquish that wish.....maybe. I like Tori too. She's a little crazy, but fiercely loyal. I love how she is a magnet for chaos. I can't wait to see what adventures she has next. I'm eager to download the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephaniec

    2.5* A bit disappointed in this one, she was so whiny through the whole book I think the next book will be better based on what happened here so I will read the next one, but if this trend continues I'm out 2.5* A bit disappointed in this one, she was so whiny through the whole book I think the next book will be better based on what happened here so I will read the next one, but if this trend continues I'm out

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katyana

    This one was great, though I'm getting a little tired of MagiPol. But I loved that we got to spend lots of time with our mage boys, and with Zak. I loved that we found some equilibrium there. And I really loved seeing Tori's situation evolve. I'm just burning through this series. Can't stop! This one was great, though I'm getting a little tired of MagiPol. But I loved that we got to spend lots of time with our mage boys, and with Zak. I loved that we found some equilibrium there. And I really loved seeing Tori's situation evolve. I'm just burning through this series. Can't stop!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    First draft, get ready for some serious action.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Parvati Patil

    Love it

  24. 4 out of 5

    LexiLikesLiterature

    By: Annette Marie Narrator: Chris Dukehart More Fae are introduced 🤗 Book three of the series starts with a surprise visit from the magical feds. Within the first 30 minutes we find ourselves trapped between a rock and a hard place. The witches are trying to bind a Fae Lord and the Feds are closing in on the guild. Most of all, the crew is separated and must work closely while not actually together. I really enjoy this series. Though it seems to be following a reverse harem set up, it hasn't gone By: Annette Marie Narrator: Chris Dukehart More Fae are introduced 🤗 Book three of the series starts with a surprise visit from the magical feds. Within the first 30 minutes we find ourselves trapped between a rock and a hard place. The witches are trying to bind a Fae Lord and the Feds are closing in on the guild. Most of all, the crew is separated and must work closely while not actually together. I really enjoy this series. Though it seems to be following a reverse harem set up, it hasn't gone completely in that direction. I do like that the love interest have stayed open. It allows us not to become too attached to any given Male. I'd prefer that she didnt date any of the main characters. Break that mold of girls having to fall for their friends. We are capable of having Male friends without always wanting something romantic. There were a few eye-rolling moments when it came to Tori's decision making. It felt a bit off character. At least the Tori character that's been developing in the first few books wouldn't react to things as the Tori in this book. Where she was once brave and self sufficient this book shows a needy and whiny side of her personality. Even though the series starts off with her rooming with her brother, she was still independent and paying her way. In this book she feels that she NEEDS the guys and cant seem to focus. Other than the set back in Tori's personality I found the book enjoyable enough but not at good as the first. I do like that we get more background information of the guys and that it seems legit. The author gives us believable information that doesn't seemed forced. The narrator, Chris Dukehart, does a good job. My favorite voice of hers is Twiggy. The "Slap Back" scene really made me laugh... "Cause its funny!" 🤣😂 3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracy D.

    Best in the series so far... I would give Two Witches like 10 stars if I could. So happy how things turn out on numerous fronts. Some of my predictions were confirmed, but I'll be honest and say that some truths haven't been revealed fully yet. Great action sequences and excellent use of magic, as always. Loved some of the new support characters as well as some returning ones. I cannot wait for the next in series! And I'm still #teamezra probably more now than I was before! Best in the series so far... I would give Two Witches like 10 stars if I could. So happy how things turn out on numerous fronts. Some of my predictions were confirmed, but I'll be honest and say that some truths haven't been revealed fully yet. Great action sequences and excellent use of magic, as always. Loved some of the new support characters as well as some returning ones. I cannot wait for the next in series! And I'm still #teamezra probably more now than I was before!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Another adventurous journey of Tori. This one will reveal more of some character's past and peel another layer of Tori's insecurity. I have fun reading their story even there's no romance but I know Tori needs to grow out of her insecurity first. What else here? Oh, when Tori's wish comes true!!!! Another adventurous journey of Tori. This one will reveal more of some character's past and peel another layer of Tori's insecurity. I have fun reading their story even there's no romance but I know Tori needs to grow out of her insecurity first. What else here? Oh, when Tori's wish comes true!!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    4.5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    I think MC could have displayed more character development by now, but overall I'm really enjoying this series. I think MC could have displayed more character development by now, but overall I'm really enjoying this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Di

    ** I voluntarily read and reviewed a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** Well... I guess by now it's safe to say that whenever you read one of my reviews of anything by Annette Marie there will probably be plenty of gushing and fangirling... Because really. She just brings it out in me. All of her books are incredibly entertaining, engaging and easy to read and The Guild Codex series is no different. Each instalment has been fast paced, compelling and just downright F ** I voluntarily read and reviewed a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** Well... I guess by now it's safe to say that whenever you read one of my reviews of anything by Annette Marie there will probably be plenty of gushing and fangirling... Because really. She just brings it out in me. All of her books are incredibly entertaining, engaging and easy to read and The Guild Codex series is no different. Each instalment has been fast paced, compelling and just downright FUN. There's just so much to love about everything in this series (so go read it NOW!). Firstly, it's an episodic series meaning that each book has it's own fully contained plot with no horrible cliffhangers at the end. In saying that though, there are also carry throughs on each book and while you probably COULD read this books in any order and without having read one previously, I would definitely recommend starting from the beginning and working your way through. There's plenty of character development in each book and there's also a lot of foreshadowing of things to come. There's also the fact that if you DO read these (and you really, really should!) you will probably just find yourself looking for all the rest and waiting eagerly for the next one to come out! The characters are so easy to get to love and each is unique with their own motivations and backstory. In this book in particular we got to see a few more of Tori's insecurities and I loved second guessing myself all the time (is she or isn't she!?). I also loved that this didn't follow any sort of formula that you might normally find in UF. I have to admit, when I first heard about this series and Tori's character I was worried; I was worried that this was the series that I wouldn't be head-over-heels with and that would end my Annette Marie winning streak (seriously - let's be real I've rated NONE OF HER BOOKS LESS THAN FOUR STARS and I think I have read ALL of her works to date which is no less than 15 books!). However, Tori is just so relateable and real and downright fascinating and I love being in her head. There's lots of returning characters making their appearance who I also love (ZAK!!!!!!!) and there's so many relationships that are just too wonderful for words. I really enjoyed getting to know Kai (only the SECOND most mysterious of the gang) a little more and more in the past two books and any other Kai fans out there are going to be happy with this one. I still have so many burning questions though!!!!!!!!!!!! **insert fangirlish wailing here** But seriously, do yourself a favour and go and pick this one up. And as an added bonus, Kindle Unlimited subscribers can find ALL of Annette's books there! Strong themes of male friendships, family, belonging, snark and sassy banter, laugh-out-loud humour and just freaking fantastic writing that makes me want to abandon my real life altogether make this series unputdownable for me. I am so incredibly excited for the next book coming out in April!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    This whole series has really grown on me over the last several books. I find that I'm super invested in this world now despite how disappointed I was that it wasn't RH but had RH vibes. Those vibes are so confusing. I can just hear the author cackling gleefully over the confusion and despair of the RH readers lol. Surprisingly enough though, I'm super hooked to see who ends up making the cut.. which I'm sure also gives the author another gleeful chuckle or two lol. I am loving the case by case fe This whole series has really grown on me over the last several books. I find that I'm super invested in this world now despite how disappointed I was that it wasn't RH but had RH vibes. Those vibes are so confusing. I can just hear the author cackling gleefully over the confusion and despair of the RH readers lol. Surprisingly enough though, I'm super hooked to see who ends up making the cut.. which I'm sure also gives the author another gleeful chuckle or two lol. I am loving the case by case feel we have going on throughout the series but this book seems like we are getting into something a little more underlying. Tori goes in hiding here in book 3 as the Magi Police come investigating her guild. The undertone of this whole story is Tori desperately wanting to belong to this magical world.. Not really sure who wants her to belong more, her.. or me. Probably me because I so want us to discover that she is some hidden rare never heard of supernatural.. It just doesn't seem like its in the cards despite the fact that Tori really knows how to manage them, especially the males :). Zak.. <3. As Tori is cursing her new "suspension" she is approached by a couple of witches in dire straights. It seems fae are disappearing throughout their territory and no one will help them. Recruiting her guys to and partners in crime to help her they discover a huge cover up and a possession that could just kill the fragile human in their midst. Tori and her guys are now on the clock to save Tori from the too powerful familiar that has decided to hitch a ride. Not to mention exposing her and her friends to the humans and getting her all kinds of in deep doo doo! The book was really entertaining.. but I'm getting super antsy for Tori to finally choose someone. I want to be strong and all "She don't need a man." But I'm dying for her to choose inside.. and whispering "pick Zak," all the while I'm half in love with a couple others too.. Can't wait to see whats next for Tori and the boys!

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