Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett

Publication Date: 6/22/2011
Series: Arcadia Bell Series #1
Rating: 4 Stars           

Official Blurb:

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 simply spell binding!!! Bennett brings a fresh, exciting new story to the UF world. The character personalities and world is exciting and full of twists and turns. Arcadia Bell is a kick-ass heroine. Take all the best qualities of the heroines you love and you’ve got Cady. Cady’s swearing cracks me up at times. My favorite of those being “Oh, holy Whore of Babylon”. She’s perfectly balanced when it comes to both putting her game face on in the presence of danger and being witty and funny during those non-dangerous times. I love the fact that Lon, the romantic interest for Cady, comes with baggage (a kid) and his older than her. First off, what leading male character in UF ever has a mustache! A badass goatee maybe, but a mustache is so damn unique when it comes to the typical hard body, dominating males you usually find in UF novels. Lon’s son, Jupe, provides much of the comic relief in this debut novel. He’s a smooth little operator at his age, and as he grows up will sure to continue to bring a bit of fun to the story. This debut novel is just the beginning for what I can only imagine is an awesome UF series to come!

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