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The Alchemist and an Amaretto

(The Guild Codex: Spellbound #5)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  7,041 ratings  ·  481 reviews
As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything—mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I'd rather run for the hills. It doesn't even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron's mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I've go
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published October 11th 2019 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
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Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc
4 stars

I'm giving this one a solid 4 stars. As always, the story is impeccable. I am so in love with this world, and reading these books always gives me the sense of home

So why 4 stars and not 5? I felt that the plot for this particular book was a bit cliche. One of the things I love about Annette's book is that they are completely fresh and original. This particular plot? Not as much as I've come to expect. It was a tad too predictable for my taste.


The overall plot for the series?

Not great, but not terrible. For whatever reason I find this series addictive. Even if the bad guy in this one was so obvious he might as well have had a flag flying over his head announcing "I AM THE BAD GUY". But maybe the secret behind this non-secret will turn out to be more interesting in Druid Vices and a Vodka. Either way, the next book in chronological order is Robin's book Slaying Monsters for the Feeble in that sister/spin-off series so I am more than happy to go straight on to that. I ...more
Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars!

My goodness. This one was a doozy! Once again, Annette Marie has surpassed all expectations. I left the last page REELING, FEELS-ING, EXHILARATED, and just plain *NEEDING* MORE of The Guild “CodexVerse.”

In this installment, we have the treat of leaving our home turf, & instead, goin’ homeeee for the holidays! Aaron’s childhood home, that is- We get to meet the Sinclairs! Squee!

His parents’ estate is also home to a school for Mages, The Sinclair Academy, THE very academ
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
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Unfortunately, this was the first book in this series where everything felt lukewarm until the very last chapter. That last chapter did SO much for this book and my heart. I'm so glad things got better though, but boy do I know how to pick em! I've been Team Erza since the beginning and I'm putting my foot down Annette Marie! You can't do that to Erza, you just CAN'T!

Tori was sassy as ever in this novel and I love to see how her fighting skills are improving little by li
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
For reasons I can't quite pinpoint, I wasn't as sucked into this story as I was with the others in the series. The writing is still great, but there was a lot less humour than I've come to expect (in fact, there was hardly any) and the action/drama felt a bit more manufactured and artificial than usual.

Also, in this one Annette announces that she's writing (another) new series set in this universe, which I wasn't terribly enthused about because it's from male POV and I hate that.

Mostly, I can'
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally write reviews , but OMG...
This series is getting better and better..Its brilliant characters , world building, Tori is my favourite heroine ever, the humor is refreshing than other books that I have read recently.
If you still reading this...start with book one and you won't regret it!!
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We Want More!

I swear this series is getting better and better! I need it to be January, NOW! Demonized is fun and all, but I LOVE Tori!

We start with fun action, before the gang + Sin heads off to Aaron's parents home (AKA THE Sinclair Academy). Unfortunately, things are not what they seem and well, everyone gets hurt in this book.

Tori also really gets to kick ass too!

The story villain is a little overly done in fantasy novels, but the book was good enough that it didn't loose a star for it.

Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I adore this series and it really does just keep getting better and better. Action packed, full of magic and wonder, and danger, not to mention amazing friendships and mystery, I just can't seem to get enough and will be on edge until the next release.
This has quickly become one of my top ten favorites or not only reads but UF series as a whole.
Montzalee Wittmann
The Alchemist and an Amaretto
The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 5
By: Annette Marie
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
This continues the story with the gang all going to Aaron's family's home for the Christmas season. There had been trouble with animal attacks and it happens at the private school for gifted teens. ( Paranormal gifts.) Not only do they have to fight the strong werewolves but find who made these. They are Not natural. Tory also may have found a way to help Ezra with the demon his body
Caryn Jack
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Please please don't let her end up with Ezra. He's a bloody idiot. Team Zak! ...more
Tori and the gang travel to the Academy for gifted mages run by Aaron's parents. They discover that monsters are terrorising the students and step in to help hunt down the rogues. But there is something particularly wrong with these monsters and even Ezra, the most powerful of them all is struggling.

This series is quite the hoot. It's great fun. I don't even know why. There isn't anything in there that makes this series special. I've seen it all before in books that were just OK. But for some u
♛Vanessa♛ ϟ Novel Nerd Faction
06/17/2021: Reread. (Audiobook.)
09/22/2020: Reread. (Audiobook.)
08/10/2020: Reread! (Read to my son, Maddox.)
07/15/2020: Reread!
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Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need this book like NOW!!! I read the other ones in a day or two per book. I love love love them. Just tell me there will be a little kissy kiss kiss between tori and ezra.. a few times I would have appreciated a kiss on like the forehead or on ezra's scar on his eyes when he is all unsure and vulnerable. ...more
Jacob Proffitt
This is fifth in the Tori series and you don't want to skip around in those. It's sixth in the broader series but so far, there isn't much crossover.

As ever, you mostly know what you're getting in this story because you've been reading the others. The worldbuilding has settled down a bit, I think. Or maybe I'm just used to it.

But the plot of this one doesn't hold together very well. Lemme see if I can explain without giving stuff away. Let's say you have a class of highly trained people called,
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Urban Fantasy fans
*Read under POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2020 for - A book with more than 20 letters in the title.*


4.75 stars

I am way too much invested in this magnificent universe created by Annette Marie, way more than what should be considered healthy.

I have read so many books in this series one after the other, Demonized included, that it's now hard for me to give an elaborate review for each one.

It was pretty light compared to the previous book, until the end at least. The book starts off wit
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great non stop action from start to finish. Interesting to see another side to Aaron. I find Tori quite annoying some of the time, but she’s fierce about her boys and her feelings for Ezra are growing stronger.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, read-in-2020
The Alchemist and the Amaretto is the fifth in the Guild Codex: Spellbound series by Annette Marie. It's the holiday season and many members of the guild are out of town to visit relatives. The Sinclair family always throws a holiday party at the world-renowned mage academy they run. Since Aaron invites Kai and Ezra to join him every year, Aaron also invites Tori along so she won't be alone for Christmas. Things seem normal enough until students start being attacked on school grounds, unexplaine ...more
writing a review for this book is hard because everything i want to talk about is SPOILER and everything else is just hard to put into words. but i just? i loved this book? it's so easy to fall back into this series, into tori's head, and all the danger and wonder of this world.

first things first: the female friendship!!! i am always yelling about this because it is just so important. i was always a little sad that at first that tori didn't have a close relationship with any of the girls in the
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
If there's one thing The Alchemist and an Amaretto has taught me about my audiobook experiences, it's that I'm picky as hell with my audiobooks.

I was personally not a fan of the narration (at first).
Being used to slower audiobooks all the time and with little experience, I felt like Cris Dukehart's narration was like someone spinning in circles around me. Look, Hoopla doesn't give me the option to speed up the ones that are slow so I'm spoiled now. Get to OverDrive's level, Hoopla. It took a few
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I didn't like Tori in this installment. At all. She's arrogant, secretive when she shouldn't be, and at the beginning of the book, a mean girl to Robin. That right there pissed me off and set the tone for the rest of the book. I'm 100% over Tori. 3 very reluctant stars ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need the next book!
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to dive back into the Guild Codex world and return to Tori and the guys. I'd missed them! Yep, I'd missed fictional characters but, you see, Annette Marie's writing is so good that they don't feel like fictional characters, they feel like friends and it's been so long since I had a catch up with these guys (re-reads don't count) that I couldn't turn the pages on this book fast enough!

And what a book it was!
The opening is full of fun and quirkiness. It made me smile, it made me
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book in this series, Guild Codex: Spellbound. Tori and her guys, along with Sin (!), are on a visit at Christmas time with Aaron’s parents, but as always, something happens to ruin their fun…besides Aaron’s parents trying to rule his life. I just loved the glimpse into the group dynamic, and I love that Tori now has a girlfriend. Many authors don’t do that, and I think it’s a waste. Most girls need another girl to do girly stuff with, or to help to do girly stuff with. Not only ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ezra and Tori are breaking my heart. This one is away from the Robin and the chaotic safety of the guild, straight into danger. A little mystery, a lot of stuck up jerks, pushy parents and bittersweet romance. Another great instalment that starts off light-hearted but deals with a lot of issues. I didn’t like Aaron for a bit in this one. Guessed the culprit so yay me. No cliffhanger but need to read the next one. So many Ezra/Tori moments. Makes me so happy. My favourite series.
Lindsey (Lindsey Reads)
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some books stick with you. Even after you finish reading them and you’re back to going through your day-to-day routines, you find yourself thinking back to those books. You find yourself thinking back to certain scenes and smiling because you remember something funny. The characters become more than just fictional characters. They start to feel real somehow. You find yourself thinking what a certain character would do in a certain situation. That’s when you know you’ve read a special book. One t ...more
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
This series gets better and better! I admit this one starts a little slower but I love these characters and we get to see more and more depth to them as this story unfolds. Still plenty of action and some twists that I can't wait to see how they are resolved! I admit I've loved Ezra the most since the beginning so I loved getting more time/info with him. No I must read the next book quickly! ...more
Laura..devouring books like crumpets
Wow Just wow
As things start to sizzle between Ezra and Tori, a new force is lurking in the woods at Aarons Family home ready to destroy the Holiday break....

Not only that but Tori discovers something about Ezra that shatters her heart!!!!

Brilliant read it had all the Feels and some

Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tori and Sin join the guys for the Christmas holiday at the Sinclair Academy (Aaron's family estate/school). Aaron is kept busy by his parent's expectations to teach classes and meet with important figures in the community. We really get to see a whole new side to him and begin to understand why he chose the Crow and Hammer guild over a more prestigious one. Meanwhile, Tori is occupied with Ezra, who has been pulling away and is having trouble sleeping. Oh, and to make matters more interesting, ...more
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This series just keeps getting better and better. Each new book has so many developments and reveals, they keep me on the edge of my seat. I have no idea how things are going to work out at this point, but I have faith that Tori will work her special kind of "magic" and all will be well. ...more
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Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, romantic fantasy Red Winter, and sassy UF series The Guild Codex.

Her first love is fantasy, while fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has inquired as to whether she intends to include th

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  • Two Witches and a Whiskey (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #3)
  • Demon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #4)
  • Druid Vices and a Vodka (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #6)
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