I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-06-28
Genres: Adult, Emotions & Feelings, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, General, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Source: the Publisher
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Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, 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.
You know a book is good when you can sit down months after reading it and still write a review without having to look at any notes, or go back and flip through the story. Kindling the Moon is one such book. Although I admit this review will be super vague because I read the whole series back to back, and may have a hard time separating one story from another as far as what happens in each book. I don’t want to spoil anything for you. 🙂
We meet Cady in a bar where she works. It is a great setting to do some world building and introduce us to her, her friends, her history, and her powers without boring us to death. She is on the run, and has been for years, since her parents were accused of a murder they didn’t commit. But of course, as it happens, she winds up having to run around town trying to clear their names. And she finds help in the form of Lon. We like Lon. A lot. Trust me. And they have a fight at one point THAT OH MY GOODNESS MAKES SENSE. It isn’t a stupid “I can’t date you because I am an idiot” – there are actual legitimate reasons for said fight. That I of course won’t get into.
So, continuing being vague – if you like Urban Fantasy, slow build romance, exciting fight scenes, confusing (in a good way) plot points, wondering WTF is going to happen, how the character(s) are going to get out of THIS situation, and characters that are a refreshing break from those idiots that make you want to smack them in the forehead – you should really give this series a shot. It is SO GOOD.