Review: Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors - Annette Marie & Rob Jacobsen

Warping Minds & Other Misdemeanors by Annette Marie

Series: The Guild Codex: Warped #1
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Urban Fantasy
Published August 7th 2020 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.

Source: Review copy via Publisher
My name is Kit Morris, and welcome to my warped life.

Picture the scene: Me, an average guy with psychic powers—not that my abilities are in any way average—just trying to scrape by in a harsh world. So maybe I've conned a few people, but did I really deserve to be thrown in MPD jail alongside magic-wielding serial killers?

According to Agent Lienna Shen, one-hundred-percent yes.

But her hardass attitude and “Arcana prodigy” status aren’t enough to bring down my former best friend, who slipped through the MPD’s fingers and is days away from unleashing untold horrors upon the city. Or he’s going to steal something. I don’t really know.

Whatever he’s up to, that’s why I’m sitting in an interrogation room with Lienna. And that’s why I just offered myself as her temporary new partner for the purposes of thwarting my ex-accomplice.

And that’s how I’m going to escape. I might even help with the case before I cut and run.

It's another 2020 Annette Marie release (yay!) and it's another series in the Guild Codex universe (double yay!) and as per what I have become accustomed to, the world building is amazing and the characters are ones that I can totally root for.

This is the first co-authored entry into the Warped series in the Guild Codex world and I have to admit - I had no idea what to expect. What I didn't expect was for it to flow so smoothly and seamlessly right from the get-go. I assumed that this duo would take some time to get into the swing of things. Silly me.

This one is entirely from a male POV, and I have to admit that I enjoyed Kit. He wasn't immediately my favourite character but he definitely grew on me. He's a morally grey character but at the same time, he's a perfect cinnamon roll and the more I got to know him and his nature the more I rooted for him.

"I'm an overall likeable guy - unless you're a soulless crumpet who loathes pop culture, in which case I'm your worst nightmare"

The other main protagonist is agent Lienna Shen and I resonated with her almost immediately. She's a pretty kickass mythic, specialising in a unique kind of magic but at the same time she didn't seem entirely confident and nor was she arrogant in any way. Her willingness to help Kit, even though his character was a grey one and they were officially on opposing sides, was also endearing and I love loyalty to friends. There's still a lot of her background that is unclear, but I liked the mysteriousness and I look forward to some more reveals. I have a feeling there's a lot more to Lienna than meets the eye.

We have met Kit and Lienna in previous Guild Codex books which definitely piqued my interest in this series, however this series, as with Spellbound and Demonized, can be read as a standalone. In all good conscience though, I can't leave it at that and I have to recommend you read all the books - they're too good to miss!

"Now was not the time for wisdom. Now was the time for charging headfirst into the lair of a dangerous criminal!"

I have loved exploring this large and intricate universe and now not only have we explored Guilds and running on the other side of the law with Tori and Robin, now with Kit we are getting to explore the magical policing system of the MPD. I love the way the universe expands with each series and also being able to see the cameos and easter eggs from the other series.

In short, if you're a fan of The Guild Codex, or even if you've never picked up a previous book before, this is a series that you don't want to miss. It's another one full of the action, snark, wit and adventure I've come to associate with this world.


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