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.
--THE GUILD CODEX: DEMONIZEDTaming Demons for Beginners (#1)Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (#2)
I am so excited to be on the Taming Demons for Beginners tour! First of all, yes, I did receive an electronic copy of this book for the tour. BUT, I had already bought copies – yes, plural, the ebook and the paperback – for myself and read it before ever even seeing the signup for the tour. So I feel like I have a pretty unbiased – okay, maybe a fangirl – opinion. 😛
It’s no secret I love pretty much everything Annette Marie writes. The only thing of hers that I haven’t read is the Red Winter trilogy, which I’m really not sure why I keep putting off. I discovered her late last year through the first Guild Codex release, Three Mages and a Margarita, and have been a hardcore fan ever since! If you enjoy urban fantasy even a little, these books are for you!
Taming Demons is the first in a spin-off series from The Guild Codex: Spellbound books, and you can start reading it without worrying about spoilers or needing to know stuff from the Spellbound books. HOWEVER. I definitely recommend starting with Three Mages, as it really just adds so many more layers to the story that you just won’t get if you haven’t read the Spellbound books! That said, Robin is an amazing character that I TOTALLY sympathized with – and also, she bakes like a fiend. I was so hungry by the time I was about halfway through this book! Definitely read with snacks in hand. Preferably of the cookie variety.
Lylas was a very unique take on demons as well. He’s snarky and kind of angry (who wouldn’t be if they were summoned into a necklace, basically) but also sexy in spite of the whole tail thing. Honestly though, wouldn’t it be nice if people had tails that gave away their mood? So much easier than trying to read all the other human social cues, geez.
Robin and Lylas have such awesome banter between them, and at least on Robin’s part I definitely detect some attraction. I’m not entirely convinced Lylas is capable of human-type attraction, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon.
5/5 stars. Absolutely loved this and I’m super excited to read the next one, Slaying Monsters for the Feeble, which is already out!
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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