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Slaying Monsters for the Feeble

Guild Codex: Demonized, Book 2
Written by: Annette Marie
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy

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Publisher's Summary

I'm bound to a demon. 

For my entire life, I avoided magic at all costs. Now, I'm responsible for a demon who wields magic more powerful than the toughest mage or sorcerer. 

Demons are evil. 

That's what my textbooks say. That's what I see. He's ruthless, he's temperamental, he's cold. But he protects me without fail. I wonder if he's hiding a heart behind his hostility. 

My demon is a monster. 

Whether he's heartless or not, my contract with him is illegal and beyond dangerous. Together, we must find a way to return him to his own world before anyone discovers our secret. If that wasn't bad enough, I've come to realize something else: My demon isn't the only monster I should be worried about. 

Make sure to check out the companion series, The Guild Codex: Spellbound, available now, and The Guild Codex: Warped, coauthored by Rob Jacobsen.

©2019 Annette Marie (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Megan Coppock
  • 03-03-20

Cruel and Abusive Relationship not for me

This is a very first audiobook I have been unable to finish by this author. The relationship between the main character and her demon devolves into childishness on her part, and cruelty on his. I failed to find any sort of appeal or redeeming qualities in their relationship, and find it a struggle to think positively of any of the demons qualities. honestly I'm not sure I'm going to continue on with this book or this series. I'm not into relationships that focus on callous emotional abuse, which is what this has so far been in book two. I guess I will just have to wait for the next book in the other series to come out instead to find out what happens.

So what was the deciding moment that made me quit? Robin needs his help and was childish about it. And then when her life is in danger he stands to the side and lets her be attacked by a vampire. More than that, he just watches while she is scared and terrified, pursued and attacked. Is he going to swoop in at the end and save her just when she was about to die? Is she supposed to be grateful for that? I just couldn't even wait and find out. I literally screamed and almost hurled my phone, instead just shutting off the book.

I'm not into cruelty, not into torture. I don't like emotional abuse or one-sided relationships where one person is empathetic and the other is an apathetic killer. Maybe some people dig the fear enhance relationship or can see past that to the better qualities of this series. all in all, sadly not for me.

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  • niaskywalk
  • 05-02-20

Intense and Intriguing

This series, combined with Guild Codex: Spellbound series and read intertwined correctly creates a universe I want more of. The books are ahead of the audiobooks, but Cris Dukehart has become my Tori and Robin so I am already dying for the next book in the series, and this one JUST came out this week.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes magic, urban fantasy and perhaps mysteries. The world created by Annette Marie is one that is very close to our own and written simple enough to make it feel like 'of course it really does exist'.

In this one we explore more about demons and Demonica, and learn more about some of the other guild members from the Crow and Hammer. Robin is still having trouble fitting in, perhaps more than Tori had even, but if they could all just work together, the things these guild members could accomplish may become legendary.

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  • MamaBookworm
  • 05-02-20

Amazing!

I love this series, and I am very excited to see where this goes.
Cris Dukehart did a great job.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 05-02-20

Great vamp/demon story with lots of magic!

Slaying Monsters for the Feeble
Guild Codex: Demonized, Book 2
By: Annette Marie
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Awesome follow-up! Not disappointed! Lots of magic, paranormal creatures, and demons! Characters are terrific, wonderful world building, witty, great plot, and I can't wait for the next book!
We learn more about our gal's demon besides he's hot! The relationship between the two is growing.
Wonderful narration performance!

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  • neichan
  • 11-05-20

More YA than the previous Guild books.

Robin seems to have a problem learning, and tends to be rather selfish. In fact she is a bit selfish. Immature. I do hope that the following books in the series include more maturity on Robin's behalf. Otherwise it will be more YA than I prefer to read/listen to.

The narrator is good. I enjoy her voices and delivery.

I did enjoy the offering nevertheless. Tho I ended up feeling sorry for her demon. So, yeah, I vacillated over giving it 3 stars for the story, but I realized the story is actually pretty good but the MC bugs me and that would be why I Might have given it a lower rating. At this time I am still leaning towards reading the next one, too.

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  • Jannine E Zerres
  • 07-05-20

Funny and Heartwarming

I am hooked on this series. I do not care that I am close to 50. My son is around Robin's age. The characters are well written. It is sweet and funny and interesting. A nice escape from the world we are in. I hope to see more books and series in this world Annette Marie has created.

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  • joshua L albee
  • 03-05-20

just not as satisfying as Tori/spellbound

Narrator is great. storyline is just not as strong as spellbound series. the relationship between the main characters is a bit cringey. Finally, I do not find much for hints or answers to the rest of the guild codex series. Just a little more about demons I guess.

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  • Dena Reynolds
  • 17-04-20

LOVE!!!

I LOVE this author and narrator!!! These series are amazing! I have a feeling they are going to save him together!

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  • AMP5
  • 25-03-20

Enjoyable. Looking forward to next installment

I’ve enjoyed two series now by this author. I read some negative reviews of this book but as I read it in context I didn’t see what they were talking about. Yes, sometimes I wished the heroine, Robin, didn’t retreat, trip and fall on her behind when scared So many times it got a little wearisome, but her character was written as starting out as an extremely shy, non confrontational type and she IS evolving. It’s an interesting premise in this world author built.

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 19-03-20

Keep them coming Annette!!!

I have to start with the vampire plot. I hate the concept of a vampire actually being a Fae spirit ... and zombie stories all really come from vampires... 😒 Why do these writers feel the need to reinvent the wheel? Just let a vampire be a freaking vampire... and let a werewolf be a freaking werewolf. By the way, in this book, a werewolf is actually just a Fae spirit too... Oh Brother!🤦🏽‍♀️

This is my favorite world from Annette Marie. I find it more entertaining than the Night Realm world. The writing seems geared more toward a older reader than the teenager age range of Night Realm.

In this book, the main character (Robin) wants Zylas (the demon) to be compassionate and caring. It's almost unrealistic. She gets upset with him when there are humans who act the same way. She basically is asking him to be better than a human. Humans can be just as selfish, just as cruel and vindictive... at least he is doing for a reason.

My guess or suspicion is that Robin's cousin is going to end up being the bad guy... maybe she is secretly waiting for Robin to finish translating the Grimoire and then BOOM! She reveals her evil plan.

With that aside, I find myself rooting for the feeble little heroine. Robin is not for everybody. She is embarrassed by everything and timid to the point of being a coward sometimes. For example, when Zylas touches her she blushes and avoids him. It's obvious he doesnt understand, why not just tell him that it's a sign of "mating". Its that simple. He will stop. But instead, she responds like a middle schooler. When she does say something, it's in anger and she comes off as even more immature for not explaining.

Like I said, I do root for her even without her not being my usual strong-willed, holds no punches type of female lead.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 27-03-20

Slaying Monsters for the Feeble

A great second book in the series, they have fun understanding each other and learning to get on. Read brilliantly by Cris Dukehart.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-20

a nice continuation

while continuing to explore this worlds arcana and demonica classes this one also starts to show hints at a demon sosiety.

a few laughs, good amount of lore and fast action spices upp an otherwise character focused tale.

only downside I chan think of is that one antagonist falls into the "totally evil" category. but don't fret as this one is in superior company

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  • Sotia Lazu
  • 27-02-20

Absolutely hooked on this series

As a rule, I read books with... adult situations, so when a friend first suggested I give The Night Realm by Annette Marie a chance, I was shocked by how much I loved it. I devoured the Spell Weaver Series, and then went on to listen to everything else of hers I could find on Audible. I'm now faithfully following both the Guild Codex: Demonized series and the The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, and falling deeper in love with her writing and her characters with every book.

In Slaying Monsters for the Feeble, we get more glimpses into Robin and her demon--or monster--and while they fight vampires, it's fascinating to watch their interactions unfold and their relationship shift. This is a well written, fast-paced UF story, but what keeps me coming back is how *human* the characters are, flaws and all.

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  • stephanie
  • 21-05-20

I love this series

can't wait for the 3rd book to come to audio. I am waiting with baited breath.

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  • Felicity
  • 04-03-20

AMAZING

I loved this book!! Surprisingly, I thought that this book would hold more romance in it but it has the same amount as the first book. That definitely doesn't take away from the awesomeness of this book though. It was amazing. I love listening to Cris Dukehart when she narrates and this time was no different, she certainly brings the characters to life with her enthusiasm when reading. I love how Robin develops all of her relationships and have definitely loved watching as she became stronger (probably not physically, but definitely mentally). I swear, Zylas is amazing, and I definitely find myself cracking up with the things he does. A warning though, if you are listening to the audiobook, there is currently not the third book out yet and the third one ends on a cliffhanger. I definitely don't regret reading this book and would recommend it to those who like this genre. I loved this book!!

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  • MadHatter
  • 25-02-20

Excellent

This series has steadily grown the plot and characters. At this stage, it really needs to be read in conjunction with the Spellbound series (which actually came first, so start there).

Great story, fabulous narration

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  • Krysia
  • 19-02-20

Very good

Wish it didn’t end so soon. I cannot wait for the next one. Well done.