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Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell Series #1)

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A great off-beat debut novel with a likeable heroine and a fun, original storyline.”

Kindling the Moon rocks like AC/DC on Saturday night. This book has it all: great writing, action, romance, a strong heroine, a unique hero, and the best teenager ever. I can’t wait for the next one.”

Kindling the Moon engaged me from page one. I loved it! I immediately adored the heroine, Arcadia Bell. This book is packed from cover to cover with unpredictable twists, heart-pounding action, and heated sexual tension."

“Debut author Jenn Bennett takes the familiar ideas of magic, demons, and mythology, and she gives us something sexy, fun, and genuinely unique in Kindling the Moon. Arcadia Bell is a sassy, whip-smart addition to the growing pantheon of urban fantasy heroines, and Bennett an author to watch!”

Karen Chance
“A great off-beat debut novel with a likeable heroine and a fun, original storyline.”
Ann Aguirre
Kindling the Moon rocks like AC/DC on Saturday night. This book has it all: great writing, action, romance, a strong heroine, a unique hero, and the best teenager ever. I can’t wait for the next one.”
Anya Bast
Kindling the Moon engaged me from page one. I loved it! I immediately adored the heroine, Arcadia Bell. This book is packed from cover to cover with unpredictable twists, heart-pounding action, and heated sexual tension."
Kelly Meding
“Debut author Jenn Bennett takes the familiar ideas of magic, demons, and mythology, and she gives us something sexy, fun, and genuinely unique in Kindling the Moon. Arcadia Bell is a sassy, whip-smart addition to the growing pantheon of urban fantasy heroines, and Bennett an author to watch!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451620528
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Series: Arcadia Bell Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 246,471
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenn Bennett is an award-winning visual artist. She is also the author of Kindling the Moon, Summoning the Night, Leashing the Tempest, and Binding the Shadows, the other works in her critically acclaimed series featuring irresistible heroine Arcadia Bell. She lives near Atlanta with her husband and two pugs.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    This was good

    Where I can't really say I couldn't put this book down (I did several times) - it still kept my interest. It was different and I hope she continues with these characters. I really enjoyed the interaction she had with Lon and Jupe. I would recommend this book and author.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

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    FANTASTIC new Urban Fantasy series!

    Originally posted as "Spaz Reviews" at Wicked Lil Pixie dot com.
    I will start out with saying I was smitten with this book right from the beginning. Ms. Bennett does a wonderful job with creating a unique twist on demons and how they are identified by one another. Each Earthbound demon, and anything else preternatural, has a halo around their heads, which helps each other to identify the other with a diffused colorful cloud. The humans are deemed "savages", slang for humans who don't believe in anything paranormal, which I really got a kick out of. The AErthyric demons that are usually the scarier ones that are safely tucked away on another plane can be summoned by talented magicians, with the proper rituals and seals. I enjoyed this world and mythology building and was sucked right in to it.

    Arcadia "Cady" is a really cool heroine. She is strong without being the tough-talking over-the-top badass. She has sublime powers in magic and she uses a caduceus, not swords and guns. Hello COOL! I love sword and gun toting heroines, don't get me wrong, but this was just such a nice change of pace. Everything from her really cool colored hair, to her unique magical abilities, to her modesty over her powers is completely refreshing and charming. {Arcadia was also the name of a favorite pop group of mine formed in 1985 by Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor of Duran Duran, and my 80s Pop Culture Whore self had to point that out!!} *swoon*

    But I digress. for all these reasons above, she instantly became a favorite heroine for me. Even though Cady had one or two dum-dum moments where I felt like she should have seen something coming, they were forgivable because of the overall nature of her character. What I loved the most about her was that she was very honest with herself over her faults. This is huge for me. There is nothing I can't stand more than a heroine who is oblivious of her own issues, thus belching said issues all over everyone else, and in some cases blaming them for it. There was no self-pity in Cady's way of life, she just wanted to do what was right, for her parents. and particularly for Lon and Jupe.

    Which next leads me to the hero, Lon. Holy cannoli did I melt over Lon. He is mysterious, aloof, intense, and yet so much more than he initially appears to be. He is finally someone that Cady can share her secrets with and he respects them and treasures them in a way someone (Cady!) deserves. What I loved the most about him and this story was that Lon helped Cady for no other hidden motive aside from initially admitting he wanted to get in to her pants. There was no ultimate betrayal on his part, which often happens nowadays in UF series. And even when he overreacted about something, and made my heart go "owwwwwwchieeeee" for Cady, he called himself on it and corrected it.

    This was a fantastic debut to a new series I am very excited over, and a must-read for all lovers of Urban Fantasy, with such a compelling and believable romance. I was left dying to know what happens to the characters after I grew so very fond of them all. Everyone: look out for this author, she's someone to sit up and take notice of! Waiting for the next book in the series, Summoning the Night, is going to be agony!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    Wonderful Debut- Can't wait to read more

    Kindling the Moon is a wonderful, fast paced debut by author Jenn Bennett. There's action, mystery, magic, demons, betrayal, love, lust and family bonds. This story is filled with fascinating and dynamic characters that I can't wait to read more of in future books. If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy with a touch of spicy romance then you'll really enjoy this one.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

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    The Bennett universe opens with a terrific refreshing urban fantasy thriller

    In Morella, California, Arcadia Bell co-owns Tambuku Tiki Lounge where some of her ebst customers are demons. Cady is not her birth name as seven years ago, her parents, Enola and Alexander Duval were accused of killing three rival mage occultists of the Luxe Order. Although they insisted they were innocent, they could not prove it. Thus the Duval family went into hiding with the cooperation of their order.

    However, Cady is shook when a tape on the news shows her parents have been sighted having returned to the States. The Luxe Order supported by other occults want the three Duval's dead, but Caliph Superior of her occult gives her an alternate choice of proving her parents' innocence before she and they become sacrificial road kill. Cady needs to find the Aethyric Albino Demon who actually murdered the trio in order to learn who made the paranormal commit the atrocity. She teams up with earthbound demon Lon Butler whose halo differs from the norm for his race. Neither expected to find a ruthless bounty hunter and the Luxe Order stalk them while the clues lead hell.

    The Bennett universe opens with a terrific refreshing urban fantasy thriller starring a delightful mage in peril and the demon who accompanies her on her impossible quest to identify the real killer before the other occults execute her and her family. The keys to this fabulous first fantasy are the various creatures that populate Jenn Bennett's vision of California seem real and the energy of Cady who is the energizer bunny but under hostile conditions. With an unexpected incredible twist, Kindling of the Moon is a fabulous thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    Great start to a new series

    I really enjoyed this urban fantasy. It has the right amount of action, suspense, romance and comedy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    cant wait for book 2

    Loved it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    Great book, worth the read!

    This was a very enjoyable first in the series. I'm excited to see where she goes with the next one and seeing the characters progress. Well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    Great New Author!

    Just the right amount of drama, romance, humor, and betrayal this book grabs you from the begining and dosnt let go. Jenn Bennett gives you great charecters and a story that is entertaining. A new twist on magic Kindling The Moon is just the right book for readers having a hard time sifting through the masses of Urban Fantasy books out there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Original and completely engrossing urban fantasy

    I already raved about this a couple weeks back on goodreads when I read an advanced copy of this. Now that I'm buying my own copy, I thought I'd say it again here. Fantastic, original world-building and a fast-paced mystery are only the tip of the iceberg. It's the characters that really sing in this one and make the world seem so real. A great blend of humor, horror, and romance. I didn't want the story to end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Kindling the Moon, (Arcadia Bell 1) ,Jenn Bennett Review from j

    Kindling the Moon, (Arcadia Bell 1) ,Jenn Bennett
    Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
    I love a good paranormal mystery, especially when there's a romantic angle to it. I'd had this one on my list of To Be Read for a while – you know, that list of books you want to read at some point...when there's time..and money! Then the fourth one came up on Netgalley for review and I had that and loved it. I knew from the quality ot the writing and plots that this would be a long time favourite series for my keepers file, and when I was offered the earlier novels for review I jumped at the chance.

    So, the story starts with us being introduced to the major character Aracdia ( Cady) busy at work in her part owned Tiki bar...busy as always, serving drinks and keeping the peace between humans and earthbounds. Earthbounds being descendants of demons from generations back. To humans they look like humans, and many marry and never let their demon side be known – but its there, and Cady's bar is one of the few where all are welcome. Cady herself doesn't have demon blood but does have some special magical abilities. Then comes the shocking news her parents aren't dead after all, and the FBI – among others – are looking for them in connection with a gruesome series of murders. Cady knows they're not dead, for the past seven years she's been in hiding too, under a false name and background and had little to no contact with them. Now she needs to prove their innocence to one of the main magical societies or face giving her own life up. She teams up with Lon, an earthbound. He seems surly when they first meet but when we learn more about him, and his teen son Jupe, we see he's not like that at all. He and Cady dance around their attraction for a while but then...sparks fly and they're a great team.
    Lots of “first” novels suffer from trying too hard to introduce characters and plots, and it gets overcomplicated and difficult to follow the story, but Jenn has done this perfectly – the characters are fairly limited – just the main ones focussed on, and the secondary ones there but kept back, and that allowed me to really get to know Cady, Lon and Jupe. I feel they're a great trio, and work really well together. The plots were perfect, one major one but lots of minor detours along the way keeping the story fresh and interesting, and allowing Lon and Cady to showcase their talents. So many books have just one simplistic plot and then fluff out the story with irrelevancies just to add content, but this one – it's one of those that has so much detail, keeps the reader rivetted to the page ( or screen!) and doesn't need to add superfluous padding. Every plot and little incident is relevant, and I love the challenge of trying to spot when things will turn out to be of major importance even though at first sight they seem innocous.
    It's a great read, a terrific first in series and I'm really looking forward to the rest, even though I've already read the final ( fourth) book. I'm one of those readers who love to re read favourite books, and especially when I've a whole series to go through.
    Stars: Five – a fabulous book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Lilyfang

    Cute but its a bit short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Romance

    Wonderful

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Awww!

    Kit love! I adore when authors do that!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

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    Excellent Start to a new series!!

    A fast pace fun read with great characters and a unique story line. Can't wait for the next book!

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

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    Terrible! Skip this one! At the core of this book are a lot of

    Terrible! Skip this one!

    At the core of this book are a lot of good ideas. Unfortunately, they were hamstrung by unpleasant and unlikeable characters, plot contrivances to ramp up the sexual tension, and a clunky romance. I actually found myself repulsed by how blithely Arcadia and Lon "roofied" each other as well as other people, cast spells willy nilly without questioning the morality of what they were doing, and didn't seem to care about the consequences of their actions.

    I was also disappointed that Arcadia seemed to care more about her relationship with Lon than about, oh you know, TRYING TO SAVE HERSELF AND HER FAMILY. There should have been real urgency to solve the mystery, but time and again, the plot took a back seat to Arcadia and Lon being goofy over each other. There's more, but I've already wasted enough time on this one. Do yourself a favor and find something else to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Different, romantic, highly recommended

    Slow start, but completely engaging once Lon and his son enter the picture. Original worldbuilding. Great characters that feel very real. One of my fav new UF series.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Loads of fun!

    I very much enjoyed this book. While the ending could have been better motivated, Bennett has a delightful sense of humor, does a great job with her characters and setting, and she keeps the story moving.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Same old, same old

    Weak story with weak characters. Typical of the kind of paranormal romances seen in the last few years. Main character talks tough, but spends book being rescued. Too many pages spent on worrying about the guy and not enough on a real plot. Read only if you have nothing else better to read.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 23, 2011

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