I received this book for free from 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 Pocket Books on June 28th 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
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I’ve had the Arcadia Bell series on my TBR list for a while and I pulled it out of my TBR Jar so I’m finally reading it.
After being in a romance reading/listening funk, I needed some Urban Fantasy in my life and Kindling the Moon hit the spot. Not to say there wasn’t any romance, there was just enough without the over kill. Like most first books in urban fantasy series, Kindling the Moon is heavy with world building and it took around 60-80 pages for it to really pick up for me. But when it did, I was hooked.
Arcadia is a twenty-four year old magician hiding under an assumed identity for most of her life after some murders went down in her youth that her parents were allegedly guilty of. And to make it harder for her and her parents to be found they’ve been separated for most of the 7 years they’ve been in hiding leaving Arcadia (Cady) alone.
But Cady is not alone anymore. She has her friend and business part she works with at the Tambuku Tiki Lounge. And Cady meets Lon and his son Jupe trying to clear her parents’ name in time to save them after the world finds out that they are really alive. See part of their hiding is because they faked their deaths after running from being accused of the murders all those years ago. With Lon’s help Cady puts together clues with old recovered memories.
As Cady and Lon get closer to the truth they grow closer together and Cady now finds herself with two more people in her very small group of friends.
Kindling the Moon is full of snarky humor, magic and demon action and a touch of romance. Oh and there’s a pet hedgehog named Mr. Piggy! Fans of urban fantasy series like The Hollows by Kim Harrison and Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane will enjoy Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series. Pick up a copy of Kindling the Moon today.
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