Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell Series #1)

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell Series #1)

by Jenn Bennett
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Kindling the Moon 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
feygirl More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
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.
sestrtada20 More than 1 year ago
A fast pace fun read with great characters and a unique story line. Can't wait for the next book!
Chocolate-Peanut-Butter More than 1 year ago
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.
HartmyPebbles More than 1 year ago
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.
LacyHenry More than 1 year ago
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!
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