Saturday, 20 October 2012

Arcadia Bell Series by Jenn Bennett

Title: Kindling the Moon, Summoning the Night
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell #1, 2
Genre: Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Magic
Source: Kindle 
Pages: 388 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

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Blurb: (via Goodreads)
Meet Arcadia Bellbartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .      Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

My Review:
Once again, I started to reread another series. This particular series I stumbled across a few times while browsing for new books on amazon, but I never really felt a spark with it reading the summery. But, when planning my summer vacation, I needed books I could read during travel time (plane, bus and car rides between states). And because I am a fast reader, I needed at least 6 books for my 10 day vacation to be safe. ( I ended up reading 7, just FYI). So, I decided to give this book a chance knowing that i could always return it for a refund if I hated it. 

It turned out, I really liked the series. Jenn Bennett has this way of adding twists and turns and keeping you on your toes. I am pretty good at predicting stories when I read books, and this wasn't one of those books I could predict. Bravo, Bennett. This story focuses on Magicians and Demons and the relationship between them in the everyday world. The love interests in the story are a little different than the cliche as well, which I viewed as a breath of fresh air. The main character isn't the classic kind of beauty, and I think she is even on the strange side having hair like "the bride of Frankenstein". My favourite character, by far, was Jupiter (Jupe) Lon's son. I think you guys will fall in love with his mile-a-minute attitude too. I don't want to give away too much, this is one of those books that saying something may give away too much... so READ IT and judge it for yourself. Comment below and tell me what YOU think of it! Anyways, I give this series a 4/ 4.5 stars so far, but I have a feeling the rating will go up with the next book that comes out next May.

Book 2: Summoning the Night


After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She's gearing up for the busiest day of the year--Halloween--when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she's dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club's wayward son, she can hardly say no.

Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members' children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady's loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers--and she'd better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.
336 pages, Kindle edition.

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