Aug 7, 2011

{Review} of Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1)Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Magicians/Demons
AUTHORS BLOG: Jenn Bennett's Site

PURCHASE Kindling the Moon:

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.

Kindling the Moon is definitely one of my favorite new Urban Fantasy novels that I’ve read this year. Jenn Bennett does a fantastic job of creating a world full of magic, demons with lots of humor and a little romance.  I was immediately sucked into this book and never wanted it to end.

Arcadia or “Cady” as her friends call her is magician with a deep dark secret. Daughter of two magicians and murders, she changed her identity to start living again. Opening the very popular Tambuku Tiki Lounge, she lives a pretty normal life surrounded my demons and fellow magicians, and of course humans. But when the news announces that her parents have been spotted and are being hunted down, Cady will have to get help to prove her parents innocents. With the help of a demonologist with lots of secrets and a smile that will make any girl wobbly at the knees, she gets deeper into finding out about her parents past and what her powers really are.

Cady was a sarcastic hilarious and downright awesome character that I would absolutely be a friend with. She a talented magician and may have some interesting parents, but when in a bind she would definitely come to help a friend.  She really has to go deep down into the world she left behind and luckily has the help of a demonologist who has a library of every book needed.

Lon Butler, demonologist is a very hard man to read and seems to love to frustrate Cady in every way.  I loved his character; Bennett describes him looking like a sexy pirate and that perfectly fine with me. He’s a good support a long side Cady as they try and prove her parents innocent while dealing with demons, bounty hunters and a two-week time limit. I really enjoy the chemistry between Cady and Lon, humorous, spunky and sizzling moments, which made me, love this novel even more.

Overall I really enjoyed Kindling the Moon, the magic rituals, demons with unique powers and a world where demons and magician existent was written perfectly.  My favorite tidbits where all the spells Cady worked with, they were really detailed and intriguing.  I highly recommend this book, a definite must read, with fantastic characters and plot that I’m dying to know what happens next, if only 2012 was closer!

This is an adult book with some mature content, Fans of Kim Harrison and Chloe Neill will fall in love with Bennett’s writing and story line.

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  1. Loved this book and can't wait for the next! <a href="”)> Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust</a>

  2. I absolutely loved this book as's one of my 2011 faves! I'm anxiously awaiting the next in the series.

  3. Loved this book as well. I am really excited for the second one. I loved Jupe to death!!!! =DDDDDDDD